This three-dimensional diagram shows how honeycomb  dunnage helps secure rolls of brown paper used by corrugators. In the diagra
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Honeycomb secures paper for Pactiv's rail shipments

Four Pactiv mills switch from wood to a honeycomb paper roll securement system for railcar shipments of brown paper used by corrugating plants. The system helps reduce damage and mill worker injuries.
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The control cabinet for Line 2 that houses the main PLC would be considerably more complicated without a network, requiring at l
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Packaging machines speak up

Amway squeezes more efficiency out of a personal care packaging line by allowing packaging machines to communicate with one another over a PLC network. Benefits include tighter line integration, faster troubleshooting and reduced wiring costs.
Plumes of steam, a typical byproduct of the papermaking process, are exhausted from Georgia-Pacific?s Crossett, AR, paperboard m
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Should paperboard buyers turn white with fright?

EPA "cluster" rule forces bleached pulp mills to spend millions to clean up air and water emissions. Quality, cost, even availability may become a question mark.
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Sexual dysfunction

Incidences of sexual dysfunction by those taking Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Luvox (all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may be much higher than indicated on product labeling, and FDA is considering ordering labeling changes more reflective of reality.
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Seafood HACCP active

FDA's HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) regulations for the seafood industry became effective December 18. Seafood processors are responsible for identifying points in the processing system, including those relating to packaging, where contamination is likely to occur, and then designing procedures to reduce or eliminate such contamination.
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Label livens line of indoor tanning products

Redesigned packaging played a key role in taking the Black Gold line of indoor tanning products from limited distribution in the Midwest to national and even international distribution.
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DOJ kills Reynolds/Alcoa deal; will it chill Reynolds/Ball talks?

In late December the U.S. Department of Justice moved to prevent Reynolds Metals Co. (Richmond, VA) from selling its Muscle Shoals, AL, aluminum can stock rolling mill to Alcoa (Pittsburgh, PA).
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Paper pulp molders share successes, shortcomings

New molded pulp producers group meets to assess status and learn new technologies. Packagers report on applications, identify areas that need help.
When a machine is down, like this capper, components that are in fault change from green to red and a detailed error message ap
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A window into the packaging line

Amway's graphical human-machine interface for an entire packaging line reduces troubleshooting time by 75%.
The robot?s gripper head picks up a case (above) after its bar-code label has been scanned. The scanned information is used to i
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Robotic palletization protects Sandvik

Automated lifting and stacking of heavy boxes onto pallets helps this maker of mining products avoid worker injuries and $120ꯠ of additional labor costs.
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Tyson pleads guilty

After long defending itself against charges of giving some $12ꯠ in illegal gifts to then Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, Tyson Foods agreed to plead guilty and pay a $6 million penalty.
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Reusable PVC clamshells short-circuit waste for Lucent (sidebar)

Bellcore rules: Setting the spec
An operator weighs a random sample pulled from the line. The weight is automatically recorded in the computer
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Packaging machines speak up (sidebar)

Network facilitates data acquisition
Plastic bags containing foam dunnage neatly protect GT?s software shipments while also reducing the need for five hours of daily
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Foam dunnage computes for GT's software

Minnesota is no stranger to snow. But at GT Interactive's Plymouth plant, located in suburban Minneapolis, a far different kind of blizzard was hampering operations.
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Organic labeling rules proposed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on its proposal to establish uniform federal standards for use of the term "organic" in labeling both raw and processed foods.

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