The new look for Remedent's tooth-and-gumbrush packaging includes a clear PETG tube, PS base and top, and colorful labels for in
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Remedent's new package turns heads

Manufacturer of an unconventional toothbrush addresses consumer requests and increases sales with a switch from blister packaging to a clear PETG tube.
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Remedent's new package turns heads (sidebar)

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P&G's new Crest Whitestrips contain 56 individually wrapped dental whitening strips packed in this colorful folding carton.
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E-commerce prompts package design considerations

At Solutions 2000, held in Chicago during Pack Expo, Packaging and the Internet was a major conference “track.” This special report focuses on package design considerations for Internet marketing.
This drawing shows the U-shaped aseptic filling line from beginning to end.
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Aseptic drug filling boasts new type of sterilization

Sterilizing a depyrogenation tunnel by means of vaporized hydrogen peroxide is a first at Organon’s recently installed vial filling line.
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Open up and say 'Ah'

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into requiring child-resistant packaging for all over-the-counter cold and cough products.
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Open up and say 'Ah' (sidebar)

FDA sticks its nose into antihistamines
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Foreign drugs to require U.S. packaging

Congress allows “reimportation” of cut-rate pharmaceuticals, but labeling and packaging rules for U.S. consumption remain an open question.
The thermal-transfer printer/encoder "test" machine (above) operates at a Hines Veterans Hospital outpatient pharmacy. It encode
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VA hospital tests 'talking' label

Visually impaired patients at a veterans hospital are participating in a pilot program involving a radio-frequency identification labeling system that can read aloud prescription information and instructions for a medicine.
The bagged hip stem is twisted into place into an undercut in the inner tray (above). This secures the metal part for distributi
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Redesign puts twist into 'hip' trays

Smith & Nephew’s redesigned packaging for hip stems puts a product-securing twist to PETG trays, while foam inserts also keep the metal product secure.
A rigid primary package guards against breakage and moisture damage.
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Effervescent tablets go 'Airborne' in tubes

Knight-McDowell Labs’ quest for an alternative to foil packaging for its effervescent tablets led to a rigid, polypropylene injection-molded container.
Keith Campbell, Hershey Foods
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OMAC meeting: more than motion control

End users and machine builders alike are beginning to see OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) as a way to standardize on several packaging machine control technologies beyond just motion.
Open-mouth, pinch-bottom bags (top) are pulled from a magazine feed by vacuum cups. Sealed bags (above) exit the filler and are
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Efficiency gained, paper costs cut

A UK producer of chemicals used in the leather industry successfully integrated an automated packaging line and cut the cost of multiwall paper bags in the process.
Church & Dwight's complex, two-layer top label deftly balances high-speed application, consumer convenience and food-grade TE re
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Over-the-top effort solves TE challenges

Arm & Hammer’s p-s TE label for its new HDPE shaker bottle of baking soda uses two types of adhesives. The duo performs tamper-evidence while it meets regulatory requirements for foods.
The laser scanners "look" through the top of a case of aerosol cans (above). Each of three scan heads has a 120-degree field of
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Integrator specs laser sensor for aerosol can line

Systems integrator adapts special laser to sense defects in cases of aerosol cans for cleaning products maker. Error detection improves to 99%.
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Jim Carrey not the only grinch this holiday season

While I was going to share a great dog story with you this month, I couldn’t get all the details verified in time. Meanwhile, burning a hole in my “in” basket was a disturbing news release about the holiday season.

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