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Suppliers plan their own e-commerce

If a critical mass of packagers begin to actually purchase packaging machinery and materials via the Web, will they use packaging-specific e-marketplaces, industry-specific e-marketplaces or the suppliers’ sites themselves?
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Lava stuck on WD-40 cans

The WD-40 Company, San Diego, CA, has combined two of its brands in a major promotion. A total of two million flexible sample packs of its Lava cleaner were attached to 8- and 11-oz cans of WD-40 shipped from mid-October through mid-December of last year.
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OMAC: Standardize packaging machine 'states'

Should packagers define an industry standard for the various states of a packaging machine? That and other weighty questions were debated at the most recent OMAC meeting in late February in Orlando, FL.
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Smirnoff Ice refreshes

Already a success in the United Kingdom, Smirnoff Ice from Guinness Bass Import and United Distillers & Vintners, Stamford, CT, began rolling out in February in the United States and Canada. Called an “alco-pop,” the five-percent-proof citrus-flavored malt beverage comes in a 12-oz glass bottle with decorating reminiscent of bottles for Smirnoff’s vodka. The product is being offered exclusively for on-premise consumption in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs.
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Packaging with AV effects

By later this year, consumers may be able to purchase packages with built-in audiovisual effects. Sound far-fetched? Perhaps, but in January, two companies began promoting a flexible battery device that can be embedded into folding cartons and corrugated containers.
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Promo pack 'tees up'

Beginning Feb. 26, 2001, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch made Michelob and Michelob Light available nationwide in new 12-oz aluminum cans with a golf ball embossed on both front and back. The cans are made in-house by A-B on embossing equipment from Alcoa Packaging Machinery (Crawfordsville, IN).
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Alberto-Culver's all-natural bottle graphics

In an effort to recover its declining herbal shampoo/conditioner business, Alberto-Culver, maker of Alberto VO5 products, decided to modernize and “naturalize” its outdated bottles.
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Packs provide shimmer

Revlon’s new hair treatment line was designed to put the shine back in damaged hair. Housed in equally luminous packaging, the premium line includes nine different products.
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A clear 'Hero'

When Dutch drink manufacturer Hero Nederland BV launched its FruitOntbijt breakfast drink in April '00, it sought a transparent, cost-effective container to compliment its new beverage. Hero found its solution in Millad 3988, a clarifier from Milliken Chemical (Spartanburg, SC).
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/general/01_03_06.shtml#gen003">Machinery failures a major

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Problems caused by failures in packaging and process machinery accounted for half of all recalls of food, pharmaceutical and drink products published in the UK press last year. Click logo for full article.
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/general/01_03_05.shtml#gen002">PCI Services acquires UK ph

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Deal includes long-term agreement for the supply of pharmaceutical packaging services. Click logo for full article.
RxPak: Semi-automatic case erector
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RxPak: Semi-automatic case erector

On this prescription drug repackaging line, shrink-bundled containers are conveyed down a roller conveyor to a semi-automatic top-and-bottom taper from Belcor (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada).
RxPak: Leaflet insertion
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RxPak: Leaflet insertion

On this prescription drug repackaging line, after the cottoner, a two-head pick-and-place machine from Minnesota Automation (Crosby, MN) uses vacuum pickup to grab two inserts from magazines and place them over the tops of two containers. Then a mechanical plunger strokes down to fold the insert neatly into the bottle.
RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper
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RxPak: Special lift automatically fills overhead hopper

On this prescription drug repackaging line, the Swiftlift, supplied by Swiftpack Automation, another DT Industries division, is a bucket mounted on a vertical shaft.
RxPak: Electronic tablet counter
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RxPak: Electronic tablet counter

Filling on this prescription drug repackaging line is done by a pair of SV2 Intellisense electronic tablet counters from Swiftpack.

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