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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.
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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)

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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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Pentel packs pens using UV

A recent switch from radio-frequency sealing of clear, two-piece, polyvinyl chloride blisters to ultra-violet sealing has brought badly needed flexibility to Pentel of America, a Torrance, CA, maker of pens.
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Clarification

Omitted from a Product Access review on p. 100 of Packaging World’s May ‘00 issue was that Drug Plastics & Glass Co. (Boyertown, PA) uses a proprietary Porcelene™ process to produce a high-density polyethylene bottle with a superior gloss, comparable to that of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Nutrition labeling for fresh meat

Packages of all fresh meat and poultry would be required to bear the same nutrition labeling as processed and frozen meat and poultry under legislation introduced by Rep.
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FDA working on trans-fat labeling

New trans-fat labeling requirements must provide information easily understood by consumers, be scientifically accurate and not mislead consumers about the food’s nutrient content, the Grocery Manufacturers of America told FDA in its comments about proposed new regulations.
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CSPI wants limit on supplement claims

Allowing labels of untested dietary supplements to contain the same claims as labels of nonprescription drugs that have been tested and found safe and effective is “crazy,” says CSPI.
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Good for the goose

GMA and the National Food Processors Assn. are calling on FDA to apply the same policy on health claims to both conventional foods and dietary supplements.

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