At Pitney Bowes' Danbury, CT, plant, plastic corrugated totes are kept by workstations (above) where workers use them to pack in
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Pitney Bowes totes reusable plastic containers

Corrugated plastic containers replace corrugated paperboard boxes for postage meter and mailing machine parts. Despite greater upfront costs, the new ‘totes’ save Pitney Bowes money by making hundreds of round trips.
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With OR-OSHA and Boyd personnel looking on, erected cases march toward the compact case packer (above). Meanwhile, bags convey f
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Government funds casing upgrade at Boyd Coffee

With R&D funding from Oregon’s OSHA, Boyd Coffee develops a custom case packer that addresses repetitive motion injuries attributable to manual packing. Machine also reduces giveaway.
Cooperation between Boyd's (manager Jerry Vawter at left) and OR-OSHA (represented by Mike Lulay) improved worker safety.
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Government funds casing upgrade at Boyd Coffee (sidebar)

Ergonomics: Oregon’s hands-on, proactive approach
The molded foam end cap's living hinges allow it to store flat. During packaging, a line worker simply pulls up on the flaps, le
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Foam, glorious foam!

Molded foam end caps with a living hinge improve protection, increase warehouse space and reduce shipping costs for Hughes, a telecommunications satellite equipment manufacturer.
Totes in tall (above right) and medium (above and right) heights are filled with prepackaged auto supplies at the Pep Boys' Ches
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HDPE totes fit Pep Boys

Reusable HDPE totes in two heights with one footprint improve cube efficiency on pallets and lower damage at a Pep Boys distribution center.
Dietary supplements like these are typical of the kind of products NAI fills on Line One.
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Capsule-counting tech comes to NAI

New equipment at this California contract packager includes a tablet/capsule line with the latest in tablet-counting technology. On-line thermal-transfer coding shines, too.
Six cased toothbrushes are bundled in a curtain of film formed from two separate webs.
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Radius brushes away excess costs

Shrink sleeve bundling system enables Radius to unitize plastic cases of its unusual toothbrushes in film sleeves rather than the more costly folding cartons it had used.
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Supplier Web sites: The pain and the promise

One of the most astonishing findings of a survey we conducted earlier this year is that packaging buyers are still slogging through general Web search engines to source packaging suppliers.
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Supplier sites: The pain and the promise (sidebar)

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Aluminum bottle wows Cannex

At Cannex 2000 in Brisbane, Australia, in May, The Canmaker magazine announced the results of its Cans of the Year 2000 competition. The overall winner was the “bottle can,” a reclosable two-piece aluminum bottle developed by Daiwa Can (Tokyo, Japan).
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Mead products use gravure printed film

The latest additions to Mead Johnson Nutritional’s Viactiv® nutrition supplement line are Spritzers in 8-oz glass and Energy Fruit Smoothies in 8-oz aluminum cans.
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Special label has DNA 'alcopop' aglow

Wet Plant Beverages' DNA in 12-oz bottles features a no-label look and a back label with a neon green thumbprint that phosphoresces in blacklight.
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Camel 'keg' at 7-Eleven

In February, R.J. Reynolds began selling at 7-Eleven stores nationwide 40- and 60-count Camel and Camel Lights in the 'Camel Keg': a steel tin with a snap-fit lid and bright graphics.
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Britvic takes aim at children

Pleased with consumer response to its custom black “dumb bell” bottle for Tango soft drinks in a 500-mL size, UK soft drinks manufacturer Britvic has launched a 250-mL PET version aimed squarely at children.
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Drug labeling eyed

The FDA is proposing that manufacturers highlight adverse reactions that require medical attention on labels.

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