American Plastics Exchange
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Recycling on the web

There are now several sites cropping up on the web where packagers and package manufacturers alike can either source or recycle scrap packaging materials.
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Bottles are conveyed up and into the bowl of the unscrambler thanks to a feeder that Ledge Rock had fabricated locally. The sam
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Water bottling line completed by farmer

To bottle its spring water in volume, Wisconsin farmer uses creativity to complete an automated bottling line. Homemade feeders and some change parts help keep total costs low.
Labels of the five wines below were winners of recent competitions sponsored by the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute and
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A good year for wine labels

Reflecting a surge in the wine industry, wine labels take precedence at recent awards competitions.
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New definition for 'buying in'

These days, manufacturers need a whole new dictionary to understand all the latest trends preached and proselytized by the gurus of management. "Asset redeployment" or "optimalization" have come to replace "downsizing" or "re-engineering" as terms that denote a plan (ideally) that usually shifts jobs or "labor" off the balance sheet.
In the final station of the intermittent-motion capper (far left), a load cell senses if torque is too low so that the bottle ca
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Torpharm aims to lead in generic drugs

Apotex creates an entirely new division to pack generic drugs for the U.S. The new facility's first packaging line is a model of efficiency and sanitation.
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Looking for machinery trends? Read PMMI's numbers; forget DoC's

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Fresh steaks are vacuum-packaged in clear films using an ionomer sealant layer, and then boxed for shipping
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Catching the rays

Packagers seek FDA approval of resins for use in overwrapping and trays for irradiated beef and poultry.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Selecting containers
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Donnybrook over spring brooks

FDA considers whether bottled water labels should carry information on levels of ingredients, contaminants and chemicals.
A combination of hot melt and cold glue placement helps maintain seal integrity on citrus cases (above). Harley Nuckels (lef
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The Sunkist seal of approval

Open cases were a hassle for Sunkist Growers affiliate Baird-Neece Packing Corp. A dual hot and cold glue system solves the problem, and increases output.
The idea of a single ?green dot? logo
9;used in several European countries
9;belies the complexity behind each country?s requi
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Grappling with eco-fees

Packagers shipping abroad can't afford to leave data reporting requirements and fee liabilities out of package design decisions.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
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ASTM sponsors contest

The American Society for Testing and Materials is sponsoring an "Impact of Standards" contest. ASTM seeks case studies that document how ASTM standards have had an impact on the lives of consumers or on a company, industry or government agency.
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Report on high-performance films

Available from Frost & Sullivan (Mountain View, CA) is "World High-Performance Film Market." It provides market forecasts for the period from 1993 to 2003 with 1996 as the base year.
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A category by any other name.

How does a company call attention to a market segment that doesn't want much attention?

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