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New Year's promise: Further packaging advances

There's a better-than-even chance we'll see a surge in packaging advances this year. Packaging developers in a host of segments see the promise of their long labors bearing fruit in 1998.
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Star Dental packages its products into blister cards and paperboard sleeves. All are given a bar code and lot/date code by the s
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A Star coding system

Dental tool maker Star Dental switches from manual label application to preprinting with a thermal-transfer system to comply with industry bar-code guidelines. Savings are the major benefit.
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Outsourcing benefits point to continuing trend

The outsourcing of packaging functions has been yielding benefits, Packaging World readers report. Cost savings and satisfaction are the upside, while only half of respondents report increases in plant efficiency.
Near the end of the turret?s rotation, fill nozzles cut off based on the weight recorded from each bottle?s individual load cell
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Grace-and speed-under pressure

Amway's new pressure-netweigh filler increases speed and accuracy for viscous personal care products. Unscrambler offers gentle handling, cuts down on jams and provides 15-minute changeover.
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Grace-and speed-under pressure (sidebar)

Case taper offers simplicity, safety
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Stoller's applies a honey of a neck band

W. Stoller's Honey, Inc. was content enough with the functionality of the black tamper-evident shrink band it was using on its plastic bottles containing honey.
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Fruitopia launched in 20-oz PET bottle

Rolling out this month are new 20-oz plastic bottles of Fruitopia from Atlanta-based Coca-Cola USA. The polyethylene terephthalate bottles are from multiple sources.
A Sysco warehouse worker stacks cases to complete a customer?s order before it?s shipped
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What's SAFE from OSHA?

Business community pushes latest legislation to crimp enforcement and rulemaking authority at reviled agency. Safety audits would guarantee two years of protection from penalties.
Bottles ease onto and off of the filler turret via oversized-diameter starwheels (left), which cut down on splashing associat
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Putting the pressure on faster filling

A unique feeding system on Sweet Ripe Drinks' new pressure filler permits 750-bpm speeds with less glass breakage, higher accuracy and 15-minute changeover.
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Bold new look for Valvoline

The Valvoline Co.'s new "global" brand identity began reaching the marketplace this October in the form of DuraBlend, the company's semi-synthetic blend of motor oil.
Gillette?s new HDPE bottle (right) has an inner PET bottle that?s pleated (top),  surrounded by a rubber sleeve and filled under
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Gillette bets on pressurized plastic bottle

The initial mass-market application of an innovative pressurized dispensing system permits Gillette to offer a shave gel in a plastic container for the first time.
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Bass unveils PET/EVOH beer bottle in U.K.

"We scoured the world for the right technology." That's how Bill Dando, director of package development at Bass Brewers in Burton-on-Trent, England, describes the process that led to Bass' recent launch of one beer and one "alcopop" in identical high-barrier plastic bottles.
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A truly consistent line

With the introduction of Spiderwire® Super Mono fishing line, sports manufacturer Johnson Worldwide Associates decided to streamline the look of its entire Spiderwire product line.
The rubber-stoppered and aluminum-crimped 100-mL glass bottles are sold under Phoenix?s own label as well as that of its distrib
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Liquid filling goes custom

Veterinary injectibles maker Phoenix Scientific develops a customized time-pressure filler, the first all-new machine from a supplier that was historically a rebuilder. Benefits include high accuracy, low cost and excellent service.
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Servo control offers labeling latitude (sidebar)

This is the story of the in-line capper that almost got away. When the Nutrilite Div. of Amway Corp. wanted to double the speed of its vitamin packaging line, management was leaning toward a rotary capper.

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