After logging into Monarch?s extranet from the home page (above), subscribers can drill down into specific label formats, such a
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Digital 'library' promises easier bar-code compliance

Many retailers require manufacturers to label their primary and transport packaging with a retailer-specific bar-coded label format. Labels that don't scan or are otherwise out of compliance with retailers' specifications can often result in big fines levied against the manufacturer.
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French brewer pioneers new barrier technology

Among the highlights of interpack 99, May 6-12 in Dsseldorf, Germany, was the ACTIS high-barrier bottle coating developed by Sidel (Norcross, GA).
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Neckhanger appeals to teens

A new on-pack promotion combines two things teens love: hair styling products and the popular television show "Dawson's Creek." Attached to the entire Dep line of styling products is a colorful neckhanger advertising the show's new Web site and a chance to win the title character's necklace, says Lisa Cogan, brand manager at Dep Corp., Rancho Dominguez, CA.
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Square PET jar in a round hole

AC Humko has successfully fit a square peg in what ordinarily is a round hole on the store shelf. The Memphis-based firm's new plastic jar for non-dairy creamer is square while just about everyone else's is round.
Kiss & Tell?s packaging includes outer packaging that acts as a stand to hold and show off the uniqueness of the bottle. The des
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Bottle serves up a choice of scents

A unique "bottle-in-bottle" design and extensive outer packaging make this perfume a unique choice in an industry where the senses can be easily overloaded.
Specialty films help the unusual Flexible Ice reusable ice product withstand multiple freeze/thaw cycles and the rigors of trans
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Film's flexibility fits ice packs

Puncture-resistant film protects Forever Ice's 'reusable' ice to withstand repeated freezing and thawing. A custom tf/f/s machine improves efficiency.
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Packaging takes on a Latin flavor

The co-location of Expopak de las Americas 99 and Procesa 99 at the Mexico City Sports Palace, June 22 to 25, is expected to attract 25ꯠ attendees from North, Central and South America.
Labels and caps are applied almost simultaneously at speeds to 50/min.
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Change means quick changeover

In an effort to reduce storage of preprinted tubes, Henkel Home Improvements decided to label in-house. In addition to saving space and gaining flexibility, the company also enjoys quicker changeover.
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Salons sample new pack

Regis salons give away an unusual sample pack printed with a $1-off coupon to entice customers to purchase regular-sized hair-care products.
The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
Food, bronze
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More than just a pretty package (sidebar)

Additional winners include:
Cross-feed conveyors receive product from a distribution conveyor for direct delivery to the combination scales. Shown here is t
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Fire gives snack baker a clean slate

Fire claimed Pretzels, Inc.'s Indiana headquarters plant on Christmas Eve '97. By the following August, a new plant with a streamlined packaging room had risen from the ashes.
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Packaging focus for HBA Global Expo

Packaging and components for health and beauty aids will be prominent when HBA Global Expo opens at New York's Javits Center, June 8 to 10.
Users spray foam from the returnable containers onto everything from buildings (shown) to refrigerated trucks.
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Fomo tracks many happy returns

A tracking system better controls Fomo Products' fleet of returnable containers holding foam insulation chemicals. That helps the company save up to $60ꯠ/yr.
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Beta testing will determine U.S. plastic beer bottle spec(s)

Some time after a computer software code is written, but before it is commercially launched, it undergoes a period of beta testing. During this period, select users try the program out, spot bugs in it, figure out function shortcuts, criticize the program's performance and let the developer know what they like and don't like about the software.

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