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A true designer's portfolio

Even though it’s not the first book to be reviewed in the new century, it’s especially stunning to see “Copyright 2000” on a book’s copyright page.
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Unsaleable product costs reach $4.2 billion in '98

Packaging is often the problem when products and packages are diverted from retailers to reclamation centers. Credits issued are a growing cost for distributors and manufacturers, says a new report.
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Unsaleable product costs reach $4.2 billion in '98 (sidebar)

Manufacturers studied
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PCs offer strengths in other areas

The following letter was received in response to a two-part series by David Newcorn, Special Projects Editor, on PC vs PLC controls, published in September and December 1999 (see packworld.com/go/pcctrl).
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Packaging controls standards group formed

The movement toward standardizing motion controls for packaging machinery took a small but critical step forward in early February. An official working group for standardizing on motion controls in packaging machinery was created at the recent Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) end user meeting held in Orlando, FL.
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Networks on the rise, packagers say

Nearly half of survey respondents have few or no networked packaging lines. Yet more than half anticipate specifying them in the next two years, say packagers in an exclusive PW survey.
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Networks on the rise, packagers say (sidebar)

Survey methodology
Moving spouts (inset) travel with the bags as they fill three bags simultaneously. The entire packaging line (above) is controll
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Controls push speed limit

U.S. Sugar fills two 5-lb bags/sec with better than ±0.1% accuracy thanks to a state-of-the-art sugar-filling line powered by the latest in servo drive, PLC and networking technology.
Consumers squeeze sunscreen through a small hole in the foam pad at the end of the tube. The foam's closed-cell design allows co
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Look Ma, no hands!

Automation, custom molding and a packaging partnership allow an inventor to bring a hands-free tube applicator to the marketplace.
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Look Ma, no hands! (sidebar)

Foam’s the word
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FDA packaging guidance gets bad 'wrap' (sidebar)

Safer institutional drug packaging?
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Higher pay, heavier workload

Our second exclusive salary survey finds most readers satisfied with their pay. However, concerns exist about advancement potential and the lack of time to plan strategies or satisfactorily train personnel.
By this summer, CDI expects to fill its DairyAmerica-brand milk powder in a dual film bag system. Inner and outer plastic bags w
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Dairy coop decides on dual bag

California Dairies Inc. reportedly will be the first commercial user of a dual film bag system. CDI plans to offer the plastic bag as an alternative to multiwall paper bags for milk powders sold to confectioners, bakeries and cheese manufacturers.
Perrier's 5-gal handled bottle gives consumers a better grip (top). A new modular rack system (above) cradles the bottles and pr
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Perrier gets a grip

Better ergonomics and lighter weight are benefits of Perrier’s new 5-gal water bottle with integral handle. Plus, a new rack system for transport reduces bottle breakage.
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Welch Foods launches coated PET bottle

Coated monolayer PET bottles are replacing glass for 16-juice drinks, juice cocktails and 100% juices. FDA-approved coating is said to cost less than multilayer barrier bottles. The heat-set PET bottles will be sold in vending and C-store channels nationwide.

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