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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)

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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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FDA packaging guidance gets bad 'wrap' (sidebar)

Safer institutional drug packaging?
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Higher pay, heavier workload

Our second exclusive salary survey finds most readers satisfied with their pay. However, concerns exist about advancement potential and the lack of time to plan strategies or satisfactorily train personnel.
By this summer, CDI expects to fill its DairyAmerica-brand milk powder in a dual film bag system. Inner and outer plastic bags w
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Dairy coop decides on dual bag

California Dairies Inc. reportedly will be the first commercial user of a dual film bag system. CDI plans to offer the plastic bag as an alternative to multiwall paper bags for milk powders sold to confectioners, bakeries and cheese manufacturers.
Perrier's 5-gal handled bottle gives consumers a better grip (top). A new modular rack system (above) cradles the bottles and pr
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Perrier gets a grip

Better ergonomics and lighter weight are benefits of Perrier’s new 5-gal water bottle with integral handle. Plus, a new rack system for transport reduces bottle breakage.
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Welch Foods launches coated PET bottle

Coated monolayer PET bottles are replacing glass for 16-juice drinks, juice cocktails and 100% juices. FDA-approved coating is said to cost less than multilayer barrier bottles. The heat-set PET bottles will be sold in vending and C-store channels nationwide.
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Magic American's magic labels

Consumers can see vibrant label graphics on the container-contact side of the back label, boosting shelf presence. Sufficient opacity built into back label prevents vibrant graphics from bleeding through the copy printed on the outer ply.
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Flask lends flair

A blue-tinted, flask-shaped bottle and low-profile pump closure system lend distinction to the new Jordan by Michael cologne. The men’s fragrance, introduced last November, is marketed in 50- and 100-mL (1.7- and 3.38-oz) sizes by Beverly Hills, CA-based Bijan Fragrances, Inc.
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Relocations, expansions

Mitsubishi Polyester Film (Greer, SC) will increase its capacity by more than 20ꯠ tons at the Greer facility by 2003.—Pester USA (Allendale, NJ) has doubled the size of its facility and staff by relocating to 7 Pearl Ct., Allendale, NJ 07401; phone: 201/327-7009, fax: 201/327-7824.—Spear Inc.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

A management team of Van Leer Metallized Products Ltd. (Franklin, MA) has successfully completed negotiations to purchase the co., renaming it Proma Technologies.—International Paper’s Industrial Packaging Business (Memphis, TN) has completed a merger with Ace Packaging (Monroe, MI).—Westvaco (New York, NY) has signed a letter of intent to sell its liquid packaging business to Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc.
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International agreements

Pro Mach, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) has acquired Belcor Industries Inc. (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada).—Honeywell Engineered Applications & Solutions (Freeport, IL) has acquired the assets of Kohap Engineering Plastics Ltd.

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