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EPA caps VOCs in products

Manufacturers will be required to reformulate, repackage or retire some products. However, most national brands already comply.
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Custom color, shape set salon products apart

A custom-matched color and a unique shape set the brushed aluminum can for Beautopia's new Brocato America hair spray and mousse apart from the competition.
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Warning to states: no warning labels

At the top of the food industry's 1999 congressional agenda will be a bill outlawing most state food labeling laws. Legislation that pre-empts state authority is always controversial.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
Buttons stitched onto cards (above) receive individual information like materials, pricing, country of origin and UPC code from
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Just-in-time cards from label printers

Button wholesaler buys off-the-shelf color thermal-transfer label printers to print cardstock for more than 7ꯠ SKUs. Machines permit print runs from one dozen up to 1괌 dozen cards.
The approval/dissemination process starts off by first ?registering? a spec in the system
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Software helps SmithKline gain compliance (sidebar)

How a packaging spec is born
The entire line of Sally Beauty?s products received an update into the 21st century. The company feels the bottles have the look
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Sally Beauty's containers get a makeover

After having a successful line of hair-care products on the market for 20 years, Sally Beauty Co. decides it's time to update its look.
The ink-jet code applied in-line (below and inset) to the shoulder of milk jugs makes it easy for retail store employees and con
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Meadow Gold milks coding machinery

It wasn't too long ago that a one-line, 12-digit code was all that Southern Foods was able to hot-stamp onto its one-gal, high-density polyethylene jugs of Meadow Gold-brand milk.
The brush box feeder (far left), shown lifted off the web, uses a series of brushes to distribute tablets into cavities. Interna
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Tf/f/s machine big on performance, not price

Contract packager finds Argentine-built thermoform/fill/seal blister packaging equipment provides fast and flexible changeover capabilities at an economical price.
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New year queries: Are you euro conversant? Are you Y2K compliant?

Tick...tick...tick...A quickie quiz to open the new year. A euro is: A. The hood ornament of a German sports car.
Neways is one of the largest manufacturers of personal care and nutritional supplement products. Its new labelers operate at sp
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Labelers deliver quick changeover

Neways' p-s labeling equipment accommodates a wide variety of containers, speeds product changeover by 30% and reduces rejects ten-fold.
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Clinton serves up food safety (sidebar)

President's Council: A catch-all for ideas
An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
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PMMI announces partnership

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) and Brasil Rio of S"o Paulo, Brazil, have announced a joint venture to create a new packaging trade show for South America.

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