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Packaging to a Samba beat: Pack Expo Brasil 2000

The first-ever Pack Expo Brasil 2000 in São Paulo combines a major packaging expo and an industrial technology show with other events like the Brazilian Packaging Congress.
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Irradiated foods--not in New Jersey!

The food industry may finally have won its long battle to win approval of irradiation as a potent food safety process, but it didn't cut any ice in New Jersey.
The case erector in the foreground and the basket-carrier erector beside it both feed into a third machine that stuffs carriers
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Portland nixes reshippers

Portland Brewing cuts costs and gains flexibility by moving away from reshippers and into bulk glass. It now forms its own six-pack carriers and corrugated shippers.
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.
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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