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The camera, mounted over the wiper insertion station (above), verifies the presence of wipers in each tube (black insert at the
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Machine vision affords economic inspection

Inexpensive machine vision frees up two workers, provides 100% on-line inspection for cosmetics producer.
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Oil packer's ink-jets add bar codes (sidebar)

Networking, step one
PowerBar uses a full wraparound label with high-quality graphics and product information.
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Label 'Performs' for PowerBar

With its February introduction of Perform(TM), PowerBar Inc. believes it has an attention-grabbing package that will stand out from the competition. Clad in a striking label, the bottle is also uniquely tactile.
Shopping cart software at Automationdirect.com makes shopping for controls on-line easy and?dare we say it?fun.
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Controls suppliers push toward e-commerce

While few packaging machinery and materials suppliers have begun selling their products on their Web sites, controls and automation suppliers are finding it eminently easier to sell via cyberspace.
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Career selling collides with lack of organization

The June '99 Packaging Education Summit was so rich in content and ideas that all year could be spent examining proposals that might have merit. Last month, individuals in our packaging community were encouraged to look at ways they could improve education in their local communities.
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WestPack celebrates 50 years of packaging innovation

Featuring five specialty pavilions, including a new one for converters, WestPack 99 honors its history at the Anaheim Convention Center Sept. 28 to 30.
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Packagers appear prepared for Y2K

Confidential survey of readers identifies some problems, but assures that fixes have been offered. Performance guarantees are few and far between.
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Apio expands use of smart packaging

California produce grower/marketer Apio launches a 3-lb retail package of fresh-cut veggies in a rigid PET tray with a breathable patch that provides a 14-day shelf life.
Though Y2K bugs are rare, say packagers, anything with a microprocessor?including motion controllers, touchscreen operator inter
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Packagers prepare for Y2K

Most manufacturers Packaging World contacted have found only minor potential Y2K problems on their packaging lines. Still, bugs can be elusive, especially for more automated plants.
An operator inputs the label information into a computer and prints out the labels.
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Putting a labeler to the test

Test kit maker Artel uses a new labeler to speed production and meet FDA standards.
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Oil packer's ink-jets add bar codes (sidebar)

Scanners double-check codes
At Upsher-Smith Laboratories in Minneapolis, a camera (far left) takes an image of a pharmaceutical label to verify date and lot
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Strong gains projected for machine vision in packaging

The pharmaceutical and food industries are expected to report 10%-plus gains annually in use of machine vision systems, says this report from a prominent trade group.
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Productivity in packaging continues to gain (sidebar)

Changeover time key to productivity
Business telephones like this mock-up are hand-packed by Lucent Technologies into custom-molded pulp top and bottom inserts. The
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Molded pulp answers the call

Molded pulp inserts protect telephone products from the receiving dock to assembly and through distribution. They replace EPS cushions and the need for ESD bags.

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