Injection-molded plastic buckets like these (top) carry ?long goods? pasta. Transporting these buckets vertically, horizontally
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Components help conveying system find its bearings

Self-lubricating bearings make for smooth sailing of pasta-carrying buckets at Dakota Growers Pasta plant in Carrington, ND.
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Show spotlight seeks middle ground

MIDPAK '97 takes the stage October 21-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A full conference program and a medical exhibition combine to offer packagers a range of options.
Mounted to the side ofconveyors are plastic-housed Powered Roller Interface Modules (PRIMs). Each PRIM controls four conveyor ?
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USPS ups efficiency with 'smart' conveyor controls

Powered rollers and photoelectric sensors are networked by computer throughout 11ꯠ' of retrofitted conveyor used to direct mail within the U.S. Postal Service's Carol Stream, IL, facility. Noise levels, maintenance costs and electrical consumption are all reduced.
A semi-automatic filler improves accuracy during filling of 1-qt cartons (left and inset
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Filler enables DriWater to eject rejects

Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
Plastic closure components, like those on this Prin two-part container from Merck, may require more back-up data from suppliers
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FDA guidance for closures opens can of worms

Pharmaceutical packagers will have to ride a much tighter herd on suppliers if draft guidance is issued. Additional extraction studies and food additive petitions may inflate packaging costs.
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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
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McCormick Place becomes food 'store'

The Worldwide Food Expo '97 combines the efforts of U.S. dairy, meat and food processing associations at McCormick Place in Chicago. Attracted also by technical seminars and other meetings, nearly 35ꯠ are expected October 30 to November 2.
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FDA guidance for closures opens can of worms (sidebar)

Sour grapes on wine labels?
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Pleasing consumers with unexpected packaging

Around our way, a Coca-Cola vending machine at the Cleveland Zoo recently surprised my wife and me by delivering a 20-oz contour PET bottle after forcefully pulling a dollar bill out of our hands.
Seven-color gravure printing and designer graphics give the Decas pouch an upscale look
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Decas does cranberries elegantly

Early tests showed real promise, so Decas Cranberry forged ahead with a stand-up, zippered pouch. Gravure-printed graphics in seven colors project premium quality image.
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Label spells it all out

A new product launch by Alberto Culver receives a major boost from an elaborate booklet/label applied to the back of the container. Now available nationwide in food, drug and mass merchandisers, the Cortexx line of two shampoos and two conditioners contain a special gelatin that can help prevent hair loss by preventing split ends.
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Flexible package cans aroma

This French coffee producer is the first to use a unique "flexible can" produced by an integrated grinding/packaging system that allows immediate filling and keeps aromas in.
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Bright future for PET?

At a July 3 shareholders' meeting of Schmalbach-Lubecha AG (Ratingen, Germany) in Dsseldorf, CEO Hanno C. Fiedler observed that the improved barrier properties of PET packaging will make PET ever more popular as the material for containers of mineral water and other sensitive food products such as fruit juices and baby food.
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Biotech food labeling

Biotechnologically derived foods should be allowed to be marketed as "organic" when appropriate and should not be subject to unnecessary and misleading labeling requirements.
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Food excluded from chemical labeling regs

Finished food products with trace food additives or pesticides should not be included in a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard classification and labeling.

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