H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
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This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.
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Steel producers target canned foods

Feeling profitable and optimistic, steel producers work to expand demand in containers by new promotional education campaign aimed at consumers.
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

Material partnerships
Holographic labels provide competitive differentiation for Lime-O-Sol?s product additions.
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Giving your package the works

Household product manufacturer Lime-O-Sol gives its new products a distinctive dual-chambered bottle and a holographic label to gain market share.
A robotic arm (top) dispenses liquid foam into the center of an outer corrugated shipper. An automated product placer, using ar
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Waterford's protection yields crystal clear benefits

By automating use of foam cushioning, Waterford Wedgwood protects $235 million worth of crystal and decorative ceramic pieces. Operational efficiency goes up, too.
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Injection-molding meets special needs

A newly available injection grade of Barex® modified acrylonitrile resin from BP Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) allowed Cheil Foods of Seoul, South Korea, to introduce its bonka bean and chili pastes in clear, glass-like, unbreakable containers providing a one-year shelf life.
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Forum seeks to answer, 'Is recycling enough?'

Or to put it another way, is there a limit to how much waste can be recycled?
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Foodservice product hits club stores

When Buffalo, NY-based food producer Rich Products decided to downsize its cinnamon raisin biscuits from a foodservice to a retail package, it faced two key challenges.
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Pumped up sampler

In a unique approach to fragrance sampler packaging, New York-based Donna Karan incorporated a miniature spray pump on vials of DK Men cologne. The sampler consists of a polypropylene spray pump that snaps onto a 1.8-mL PP vial.
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FDA to amend nutrient claims

It took more than six months, but FDA finally told the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) it will grant the association's petition to initiate rulemaking to correct existing regulations that it says hinder the use of health and nutrition claims on food product packaging.
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Crown/Carnaud deal creates a $10 billion packaging company

Packaging firms buying packaging firms. We'd better get used to it. Because most experts predict that the current pace of consolidation among firms supplying packaging materials and machines shows few signs of slowing.
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Pepsi enters a whole new category

Through an alliance with Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. of Springfield, MO, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its first dairy beverage May 31 in Texas and Oklahoma.
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FDA asked to change milk identity standards

"Two-percent lowfat milk" is an oxymoron says the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) and the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
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FTC regs take effect

Federal Trade Commission regulations governing the information that must be disclosed on light bulb packages went into effect May 15. Developed under the umbrella of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the regs are "designed to help consumers buy the most energy-efficient bulbs that meet their needs," says Kent C.

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