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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing its labeling requirements for drugs, medical devices and biologics to ensure that health practitioners and patients are provided with what the agency believes is more thorough than what's currently provided.
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More recycling?

The U.S. has achieved the 25% recycling rate goal established in 1989 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and now EPA officials want to raise the bar, suggesting a 35% recycling goal by 2005.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture (sidebar)

Educational and training resources
Panels used to build office cubicles are stretch wrapped on a  horizontal stretch wrapper with metallocene-resin-based stretch f
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Metallocenes make their mark

Steelcase Inc. uses one of the first-available metallocene stretch films for wrapping cubicle wall panels. Downgauging keeps costs in check.
As shown in two views (above), boxed faucets emerge bundled in film as they discharge from an automatic shrink wrapping machine
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Bundlers shrink Price Pfister's material expenses

By shrink bundling boxed faucets rather than packing them into a corrugated master shipper, Price Pfister saves on material costs, while increasing efficiency and freeing up warehouse space.
Software included in the Food Label Design kit enables designers to incorporate appropriate Nutrition Facts panels into their pa
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Hershey kisses NLEA headaches goodbye

Graphic designer at Hershey Chocolate uses software nutrition kit to simplify compliance with NLEA regulations.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

Besides speed, any equipment on the Body Care line must fit into Mary Kay's packaging philosophy, which places a premium on flexibility. That's understandable.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

Packaging engineer Skills for the future:
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture (sidebar)

The perils of international sourcing
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.

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