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Controls sites offer education

Controls suppliers are valuable resources that can benefit packaging professionals who want to learn more about controls.
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Bercen's new IBC is blow-molded of HDPE and holds 275 gal of chemicals. A cage of double-wire steel rods protects the IBC and pr
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Chemical maker's new IBC closes the loop

A durable container’s recycling program prompts a chemical manufacturer to invest in new IBCs to transport its chemicals across the country.
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Artistry adorns luxury liquor package

Limited-edition premium bourbon from Jim Beam looks regal in a package loaded with special touches, including the most delicate of hand-applied decals.
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Contract packaging bets on Las Vegas

As part of the third annual Private Label Expo, show sponsor Bentley Intl. has added a Contract Packaging Expo, April 5 to 6, in Las Vegas. Conference sessions on outsourcing will also be featured.
Buena Vida's redesigned pressure-sensitive label (above) has a cleaner look than its previous glue-applied label. The winery's n
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Labeler gives new life to wine bottles

A single-head, pressure-sensitive labeler for front and back labels provides a small Texas winery with quick set-up and clean-up time and saves $10ꯠ, too.
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A true designer's portfolio

Even though it’s not the first book to be reviewed in the new century, it’s especially stunning to see “Copyright 2000” on a book’s copyright page.
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Unsaleable product costs reach $4.2 billion in '98

Packaging is often the problem when products and packages are diverted from retailers to reclamation centers. Credits issued are a growing cost for distributors and manufacturers, says a new report.
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Unsaleable product costs reach $4.2 billion in '98 (sidebar)

Manufacturers studied
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PCs offer strengths in other areas

The following letter was received in response to a two-part series by David Newcorn, Special Projects Editor, on PC vs PLC controls, published in September and December 1999 (see packworld.com/go/pcctrl).
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Packaging controls standards group formed

The movement toward standardizing motion controls for packaging machinery took a small but critical step forward in early February. An official working group for standardizing on motion controls in packaging machinery was created at the recent Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) end user meeting held in Orlando, FL.
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Networks on the rise, packagers say

Nearly half of survey respondents have few or no networked packaging lines. Yet more than half anticipate specifying them in the next two years, say packagers in an exclusive PW survey.
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Networks on the rise, packagers say (sidebar)

Survey methodology
Moving spouts (inset) travel with the bags as they fill three bags simultaneously. The entire packaging line (above) is controll
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Controls push speed limit

U.S. Sugar fills two 5-lb bags/sec with better than ±0.1% accuracy thanks to a state-of-the-art sugar-filling line powered by the latest in servo drive, PLC and networking technology.
Consumers squeeze sunscreen through a small hole in the foam pad at the end of the tube. The foam's closed-cell design allows co
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Look Ma, no hands!

Automation, custom molding and a packaging partnership allow an inventor to bring a hands-free tube applicator to the marketplace.
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Look Ma, no hands! (sidebar)

Foam’s the word

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