Packaging specs such as this one, including container drawings from vendors, are maintained and accessed electronically by those
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Software helps SmithKline gain compliance

New software helps SmithKline Beecham comply with FDA GMPs for creating and disseminating packaging specifications. Software permits validation of packaging spec dissemination process, virtually eliminating exposure to compliance violations. Part one of two.
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EPA caps VOCs in products

Manufacturers will be required to reformulate, repackage or retire some products. However, most national brands already comply.
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Custom color, shape set salon products apart

A custom-matched color and a unique shape set the brushed aluminum can for Beautopia's new Brocato America hair spray and mousse apart from the competition.
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Warning to states: no warning labels

At the top of the food industry's 1999 congressional agenda will be a bill outlawing most state food labeling laws. Legislation that pre-empts state authority is always controversial.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
Buttons stitched onto cards (above) receive individual information like materials, pricing, country of origin and UPC code from
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Just-in-time cards from label printers

Button wholesaler buys off-the-shelf color thermal-transfer label printers to print cardstock for more than 7ꯠ SKUs. Machines permit print runs from one dozen up to 1괌 dozen cards.
The approval/dissemination process starts off by first ?registering? a spec in the system
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Software helps SmithKline gain compliance (sidebar)

How a packaging spec is born
The entire line of Sally Beauty?s products received an update into the 21st century. The company feels the bottles have the look
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Sally Beauty's containers get a makeover

After having a successful line of hair-care products on the market for 20 years, Sally Beauty Co. decides it's time to update its look.
The ink-jet code applied in-line (below and inset) to the shoulder of milk jugs makes it easy for retail store employees and con
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Meadow Gold milks coding machinery

It wasn't too long ago that a one-line, 12-digit code was all that Southern Foods was able to hot-stamp onto its one-gal, high-density polyethylene jugs of Meadow Gold-brand milk.
The brush box feeder (far left), shown lifted off the web, uses a series of brushes to distribute tablets into cavities. Interna
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Tf/f/s machine big on performance, not price

Contract packager finds Argentine-built thermoform/fill/seal blister packaging equipment provides fast and flexible changeover capabilities at an economical price.
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New year queries: Are you euro conversant? Are you Y2K compliant?

Tick...tick...tick...A quickie quiz to open the new year. A euro is: A. The hood ornament of a German sports car.
Neways is one of the largest manufacturers of personal care and nutritional supplement products. Its new labelers operate at sp
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Labelers deliver quick changeover

Neways' p-s labeling equipment accommodates a wide variety of containers, speeds product changeover by 30% and reduces rejects ten-fold.
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Clinton serves up food safety (sidebar)

President's Council: A catch-all for ideas
An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.

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