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Pack Expo Plus: Seminars, conferences and allied shows

High-tech packaging solutions, new resin technologies, healthcare packaging, and better sealing technologies are just a few of the areas covered in conferences and seminars during Pack Expo week.
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Expanding the scope of the operator

With computer and technological advances, the role of the packaging machinery operator continues to evolve as the year 2000 nears. Flexibility is key.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

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Within this chamber, two side-by-side cartons are labeled at each of their ends simultaneously to create a unit pack
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning (sidebar)

Labeling unitizes two cartons at Baxter Healthcare
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Resins OK'd for fatty food packaging

In June the Food and Drug Administration approved Exxon Chemical's (Houston, TX) Oppera® modified polypropylene film resins for use in direct contact with fatty foods such as salty snacks, processed meats and cheeses, and confectionery items.
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INDUSTRY INDICATORS--The Flexible Packaging Assn. is reporting an 11.1% rise in the dollar value of new orders in the first quarter 1996. Meanwhile, according to data compiled by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, packaging machinery shipments grew about 11% in 1995, reaching an estimated $3.82 billion.
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Casual tamperers tempted no more

An unlikely "marketer"--the State of Maryland--has taken steps to discourage casual tampering of crab meat packed in containers with snap-on lids. Seems that even the best-behaved supermarket shopper will occasionally sneek a peek, whiff or even a bite of that luscious but expensive fresh crab meat.
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Break/peel/push blister security

A unique break/peel/push blister pack devised by Chicago-based G.D. Searle provides a heightened degree of child-resistance for its Covera-HS prescription medication, launched in June.
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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
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Pack Expo eye-openers scheduled

Attendees at Pack Expo 96 can pick up unique insights on future packaging challenges by attending three Eye-Opener Breakfast Sessions. All three sessions will run from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
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Standardizing health care bar codes

Bowing to increasing demands from its customers, the health care products industry is accelerating the pace and standardizing the use of universal product numbers (UPNs) for bar code markings incorporated into product packaging.
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EPA Makes concessionsin paper packaging guides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a number of industry complaints to heart in finalizing the first revisions to the agency's paper products Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN), first published in 1988.
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'No-CFC' labels permitted for aerosols

The Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) is on a mission: dispel the myth that ozone-depleting chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) are still used in aerosol cans.
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Take-back laws as a revenue stream?

Unlike Europe, where the issue of solid waste focuses almost entirely on packaging, the U.S. looks at the total waste stream, said J. Winston Porter, president of The Waste Policy Center and former EPA official.
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FDA proposes dating for condom packs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that manufacturers put expiration dates on packages of condoms. U.S.-made products typically carry "when manufactured" dates, but they are not required by federal law.

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