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HBA highlights beauty in the Big Apple

HBA Global Expo, June 20 to 22 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center, will inform and educate more than 12ꯠ cosmetics and personal care professionals with exhibits and conferences covering timely topics.
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Plastics to increase domination of cosmetics packaging

A new research report on the global packaging of cosmetics and toiletries sees strong worldwide growth for the category–and an even larger share for plastic containers.
A special pull-tab on the back of the blister permits easy opening with three-side perforating of the blister. The blister also
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BIC says 'opaa' to shaver packaging

Developed and molded in the U.S., new blister packs for premium disposable shavers are filled in Greece, then shipped back to the U.S. for marketing.
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BIC says 'opaa' to shaver packaging (sidebar)

Automated lines, mostly
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BIC says 'opaa' to shaver packaging (sidebar)

Two-pack, too
Two views of a blow-molding station show a finished amber container just before discharge (left) and a preform that's just enter
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New technology spurs Cremora launch in PET

An injection-molder occupies minimal floor space yet maximizes preform output, while a first-of-its-kind blow molder orients preforms in the mold.
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Packaging takes spotlight at NPE

From June 19 to 23, the National Plastics Exposition will occupy more than 1.1 million sq’ at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Packaging will be the focus for many of the more than 2ꯠ exhibitors.
A Friedman Bag employee checks a Green Giant press run for color quality (left). A filled bag (top right) shows off the product'
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Flexo press colors future for Friedman Bag

California film and bag maker/converter invests in its future with an eight-color central impression flexo press that expands its opportunities. Press helps Friedman Bag retain the business of Pillsbury spinoff Potandon Produce.
A worker at a Baxter Healthcare plant in Irvine, CA, seals sterile pouches with a band sealer. Close-up of the control panel (to
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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers

Spurred by ISO requirements, Baxter’s CardioVascular Group works with OEM to develop more consistent, validatable heat sealers for medical device pouches.
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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers (sidebar)

Materials also a variable
Phil Arnone (left), maintenance manager at Catania-Spagna, demonstrates how easy it is to gain access to the filler's on-board P
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Filler relies on networked PCs

At Catania-Spagna, a 12-head rotary liquid filler controlled by PCs linked via Arcnet and Ethernet communications protocols allows real-time data acquisition and analysis.
The computer screen capture at far left shows detailed reasons for stoppages on each machine on a packaging line. Downtime patte
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Software brews line efficiency at Miller

Brewer sees quick payback on a multimillion-dollar investment in software that’s increasing output at six breweries nationwide. The software will be used for 57 lines, for cans, glass and plastic bottles.
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Design of the times

Editors are often asked, “What kinds of applications really get you interested in a story?” Usually, this is the preamble to a sales pitch for a story on the application du jour.
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Gerber tests plastic

Spotted recently in Cedar Rapids, IA, were plastic containers of Gerber® baby food in three sizes: 2 oz, 3 ?
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Bag is long on looks and performance

Beauty and functionality combine for an award-winning package of Olive Oil Potato Chips from Good Health Natural Foods, Northport, NY. The 5-oz bags tout their natural ingredients with a large glossy photo of spices, chips and olive oil on a rustic-looking wooden table set against a dramatic black background.

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