One of the bottling plant?s versatile video cameras is mounted high above the case packer; another camera is portable
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Interactive 'insurance'

These days, the word "interactive" is usually followed by either "Internet" or "web site." In the case of Coca-Cola Bottling of Chattanooga and Hartness Technologies (Greenville, SC), what's interactive is a unique audio and video system that links the production floor at the bottling company with the service technicians at Hartness' headquarters in Greenville, SC.
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Lean look courts young adults

Call it the no-label look that's almost no label at all. Hereford, U.K.-based H.P. Bulmer is hoping the minimalist look of its Decoda alcoholic soda will appeal to its targeted 18-to-22-year-old demographic.
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Bat bottle's a hit for Coors

Just in time for baseball's opening day was Coors Brewing's baseball bat-shaped bottle. The neck of the amber bottle used for 18-oz sizes of Coors Light and Original Coors doubles as the bat's handle.
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Snoopy for President!

Winners of the 1995 National Paperboard Packaging Competition, sponsored by the Washington, DC-based Paperboard Packaging Council, were announced March 25 (see page 42 for feature coverage of one of the winners).
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PEN homopolymer okay for food contact

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a long-awaited regulation permitting the use of polyethylene naphthalate homopolymer for food packaging.
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Fasteners speak two languages

Recognizing the purchasing power of Spanish-speaking consumers, Wood Dale, IL-based ITW brands redesigned the packaging for its broad line of fasteners to be bilingual.
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Sleeve/bottle combo facilitates recycling

Multi-material packages aren't usually thought of as being recyclable. However, a new type of dual-material sleeve pack, developed in Europe, was designed with recycling precisely in mind.
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Smart cartridges offer premium juice

Minute Maid Foodservice's latest venture in juice dispensing technology is Minute Maid® Premia, a new, high-tech dispenser designed to eliminate imprecise mixing of water and juice concentrate.
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Geared for application

About all Scott Stevenson and Bijan Hosseini knew about sunscreen before they launched Newport Beach, CA-based Solar Gear, Inc., was that the greasy residue it left on their hands after use interfered with their outdoor activities, including surfing, golfing and fishing.
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Paper diaper bags add zip

During the past winter, private-label diaper and sanitary protection product manufacturer Arquest became the first to use a new type of tear strip for paper diaper bags.
In Sonoco?s pilot production line, seven lanes of canisters are being gently conveyed from the container former/cutter to the pa
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Sonoco's new line produces 'swell' shape

Called a pilot line, Sonoco's new nonround paperboard canister fabricating line at Hartsville, SC, will keep Lipton and others supplied. European forming technology and paper bottom sealing rounds off Lipton's rectangular shape.
An automatic card feeder places cards face down over the formed and filled blisters
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All-paper blister pack a reality in U.S.

Sally Hansen nail fortifier from Del Laboratories is one of the first U.S. mass-market applications for an all-paperboard blister pack.
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Overall new outlook

The one pervasive element of the repackaging program is a new graphics approach for all its products. "We wanted to provide product and packaging innovation to the tea category, while giving a more unified branding look to the line," says Pam Aulisi, Lipton's manager of package design.
While the loading area of the automatic palletizer is stationary, its shuttle portion carries as many as five pallets at a time.
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On-line coding paves the way for automatic palletizing

One shuttle palletizer handles cases from five different Blue Diamond almond packaging lines thanks to on-line bar coding and reliable scanners.
Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.

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