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Tapping into the power of the Eastern market

EastPack '98 returns to Philadelphia May 19 to 21, growing to over 125ꯠ sq' of packaging products and two specialty pavilions. IoPP's development conferences will also attract packaging professionals looking to learn.
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Is Bud ready for plastics? (sidebar)

FDA foils Olympics bid
The white roller on a swinging extension arm smoothes down the front of the label even as the case moves forward (above). Cases
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Dual-panel labeling saves General Time

A dual-panel corner-wrap labeler saves $50ꯠ per year over hand labeling and eliminates cumbersome preprinted label inventory.
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Is Bud ready for plastics?

Wondering what the world's biggest brewer thinks about plastic bottles for beer? Anheuser-Busch tipped its hand, ever so slightly, at a recent technical conference.
A sample print run for a Nestlé frozen novelty wrap promoting Walt Disney?s Hercules movie displays the impression-by-impres
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Digital-on-demand printing opens new markets for converter

Two six-color digital offset presses drive Watson Label Products into the packaging market. Machines specialize in short-run production of flexibles used primarily for prototyping and promotional purposes.
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef (sidebar)

New measures for meat profits?
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Catching the rays (sidebar)

Old MacDonald never had this kind of farm
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice
Designed to minimize operator bending, a custom carriage stop allows the film to stop at any height
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Carton producer stretches savings

Paper company Rock-Tenn switches from a shrink wrapping system to a customized stretch wrapper to unitize skids of paper. Benefits stretch beyond expectations.
At the dedication at Michigan State, the following are shown (left to right) around the new cutting table: Dr. Harold Hughes, MS
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MSU to demonstrate CAD/CAM package design

After a major fundraising campaign, Michigan State University's School of Packaging dedicated its completely new computer-aided-design and manufacturing system Feb.
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.
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.

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