"With what we learn, we can make improvements," says PPG's Bruno Pierannunzio, who championed the data acquisition upgrades, ass
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PPG paints precise picture of production (sidebar)

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From CAMC's 25-station lab/classroom (above), students can control equipment in surrounding labs from their PCs. Notes written b
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'Motion Control University'

The Center for Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota offers a hands-on curriculum of leading-edge technology.
Touch screen (inset) provides centralized monitoring and control of the entire production line (below).
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Labatt drives toward networked bottling lines

Labatt Breweries upgrades bottling line conveyors with compact drives that smooth production, enhance network communications and simplify troubleshooting.
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Labatt drives toward networked bottling lines (sidebar)

Sophisticated HMI
At Southland Bagel, preglued sleeves are erected and placed in a flighted conveyor (left) so operators can slide pizza bagels in
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Food marketers focus on schools

New packaging equipment is helping two California food processors grow their school foodservice businesses.
Finished packaged product (below) as it comes off the turntable of an RF sealer (bottom left).
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Blister pack is clearly 'key' to adapter visibility

New thermoformed clear vinyl package improves shelf presence, while it lowers costs for Keyspan adapters.
The CPSC has proposed a rule that would require child-resistant closures on a range of products, including car care products lik
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Battle brewing over child-resistant caps

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering mandating child-resistant closures for cosmetics, cleaning solvents and auto products, among others.
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'No-label' look reflects purity of product

Global Balance Co. switches from a glass jar to an HDPE tube for consumer benefits, vastly improving product sales.
Michigan Brewing unveiled its Cherry Creek brand in plastic at the Traverse City Cherry Festival.
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A clever strategy for plastic beer bottles

Michigan Brewing sees great potential for beer in plastic when the target market is tightly focused. Custom-labeled bottles for a casino, for instance, have found a receptive audience.
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A clever strategy for plastic beer bottles (sidebar)

Meanwhile, at Miller Brewing
Amurol can preview its package graphics over the Web and type in any changes.
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Amurol learns that proof is in the PDF

Although the jury’s still out on whether the Internet is a viable medium for packaging B2B e-commerce, it’s a slam-dunk when it comes to using the Internet to share information.
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Information powers the 21st century

There are so many concepts we try to embrace as we begin our journey into the 21st century. But I don’t think any one is as important as our quest for more information.
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The Myth of the Single Portal

Some online marketplaces would have you believe that at the end of the day, there will be only one Web site that buyers use for Internet packaging procurement.
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Capital Machinery E-sales on Hold

Though business-to-business electronic exchanges may one day make a dent in the packaging marketplace, very little is happening now in the way of point, click and buying of capital equipment online.
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Notable web sites

Materials MarketplacesB2BPKG.com (www.b2bpkg.com) is a packaging materials marketplace that allows users to constuct a private catalog of vendors for online procurement.

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