At Lucent1s Columbus, OH, plant, a worker loads a printed circuit board into a clamshell at a work station
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Reusable PVC clamshells short-circuit waste for Lucent

Telecommunications component supplier slashes materials and labor costs by shifting to vinyl clamshell packs for printed circuit boards. Now Lucent asks some customers to return them for reuse.
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Produce packing guides

Concerned over recent statements by Food and Drug Administration officials, 16 produce organizations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala objecting to a reported plan by FDA to develop commodity-specific guidance to govern the growing, harvesting, and distribution of specific commodities.
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Controls on center stage

The National Industrial Automation(TM) show and conference is one of four trade shows that make up next month's mammoth National Manufacturing Week (March 16 to 19).
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Pulp molders share advances, shortcomings

At its first seminar since its establishment, the Molded Pulp Environmental Packaging Assn. (Mequon, WI) met early last month to discuss new technologies and to hear from some of its customers, the packagers.
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Test shoppers prefer shiny labels

According to a recent study, shoppers choose products with a metallized label over similar products with a plain-paper label as much as 26.7% more often.
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Stand-up pouch momentum builds worldwide

Innovative shapes and reclosable fitments and zippers were among the more noteworthy advances on display at a two-day stand-up pouch educational clinic sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Dearborn, MI).
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Clear-film labels rev rum bottle intro

Late this summer, New York-based Seagram Americas introduced Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Puerto Rican rum flavored with coconut in clear rectangular glass bottles in 750-mL and 1-L sizes.
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Fun's the focus

As children continue to gain influence in purchasing decisions, manufacturers are using packaging as a way to attract their attention. Bel/Kaukauna is a good example.
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Graphics figure in

For its new No Nonsense® Great Shapes® line of figure-enhancing hosiery, Kayser-Roth Corp. knew that image was everything. "It's really much more of a premium image," says Dina Dunn, of the Greensboro, NC-based company, referring to the new line.
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Predicting world demand for beer packages

Global demand for beer containers is expected to advance more than 3% per year, reaching 303 billion units in 2001, says a recent study from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH).
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OTC pain pill warnings

FDA has proposed requiring labels of all over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers to carry a warning that consumption of three or more alcoholic drinks per day while using the medication could cause liver damage or stomach bleeding.
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Net weight criticism

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has told FDA its proposed rule on net quantity of contents compliance is "flawed in several key areas." The proposed rule establishes procedures for evaluating whether the label declaration of contents matches actual contents.
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What's SAFE from OSHA? (sidebar)

EPA loosens up on labels
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Matte finish creates newsprint look

While glossy film is the norm for snack foods, a fish & chips snack bag from Burton's Biscuits in England features an alluring matte finish that stands out in the snack aisle.
On-line tech support manuals can be a convenient resource.
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Experimenting with Web-based tech support

Frustrated with flipping through a manual to solve a tech support problem?

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