A sensor placed directly across from the coder (left) communicates to the coder when a bottle passes in front of it. The ink-je
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Marking for the millennium

Y2K compliance, cost cuts and improved print quality top the list of reasons why a Kentucky soft drink bottler changed to a new coding system for its glass bottles.
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Machinery makers take some responsibility

Packaging machine builders recognize their role in helping customers find answers to Y2K problems. Some are working to find solutions, while others are relying on controls vendors.
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Barrier films are on a roll (sidebar)

Two-pronged attack in case -- ready meats
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Packaging marketplaces take center stage

This year will be recorded as the year of the Internet "packaging auction gold rush." Auction--and classifieds--Web sites are popping up faster than you can say "network protocol" in the great race to establish Internet-based marketplaces for selling packaging equipment and materials.
While it may be best known for its Lay?s? potato chips and Fritos? corn chips, Frito-Lay benefits from a pretzel weighing and pa
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Frito-Lay munches on savings

In the last year, Frito-Lay has saved 10% in costs through increased productivity and improved inventory control provided by a new weighing/packing system found at the last Pack Expo in Las Vegas.
The78-valve filler has no bottle platforms that carry bottles through the filling process. That task is performed instead by a s
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Liquid filler yields better accuracy

A new hot-fill liquid filler is improving yields and filling accuracy for contract packager Beverage Capital (Baltimore, MD) and customers such as Triarc Beverage Group, White Plains, NY, whose well-known Snapple beverages are filled on the machine.
The hardened corner cushions are taken from the molds and placed in plastic bins to be used as needed by the packagers
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Handled with care

Molded corner cushions ensure painter Thomas Kinkade's prints are delivered undamaged. The new system saves Media Arts Group money, time and space.
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Stonyfield Farm blends environmental/economic goals

New multipack packaging for kids' yogurt exemplifies Stonyfield Farm's dual commitment to the environment and to its bottom line.
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Stand-out 'PACs' win recognition

When Big Rock Brewery decided to redesign its packaging late last year, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based company wanted to build brand awareness and develop a cohesive look for its nine specialty brews.
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Standardization suits Stonyfield Farm, (sidebar)

Stonyfield Farm blends environmental/economic goals
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Discussing issues, breaking new ground

Editorials usually fall into one of two categories: Either they're "outside" and discuss the overall business and examine trends that may have an impact on your jobs; or they're "inside," and they explain how the magazine, especially a particular issue, has been created to help you.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas 99 and IEFP, (sidebar)

Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99
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New books profile converters, private-label manufacturers

Need to know more about packaging converters in North America or about the continued growth of store brands?
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Procter & Gamble touts recycled paperboard content

Cincinnati based Procter & Gamble has not only joined The 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance (New York, NY), but it's now adding the group's symbol to folding cartons of its Puffs tissues.
As cartons are lifted up into the corrugated case, a loading tube  keeps carton edges from catching on the edges of the case,  t
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Tasty Baking takes a bite of automation

Automated packaging lines have transformed the sixth floor at thelegendary Philadelphia bakery. Flowrappers, cartoners and case packers take center stage in the new lines.

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