At its new Wautoma, WI, plant, Atrium?s automatic line relies heavily on a new dual tablet/capsule counter/filler (above) and in
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Atrium earns an 'A' for bottle sealing

Induction sealing was so effective at three other plants that food supplement maker Atrium added a fourth machine at its new plant in Wautoma, WI. A fifth machine is expected shortly.
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Pressing arrow keys on the touchscreen display (above) trains the camera to focus in on the date/lot code. One touchscreen disp
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Easy PC controlfor machine vision

Upsher-Smith Laboratories uses off-the-shelf PC hardware for an all-in-one video capture/bar-code scanning inspection system to satisfy FDA labeling regs while keeping false rejects low.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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Study confirms bottles affect wine buying

A recent study on American wine purchasing shows that glass wine bottles play a key role in determining which wine is purchased. Marketers considering dropping glass in favor of some other packaging material would do well to analyze the study-perhaps even duplicate it in their own product categories-before making a move.
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Jumex Light stands out in shaped can

That cola maker in Atlanta isn't the only one intrigued by shaped cans. Grupo Jumex of Mexico launched its line of four light nectars in a custom-shaped three-piece steel can this past summer.
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Grocery packaging waste down

The grocery business is another that has moved aggressively in reducing packaging waste in an attempt to head off costly and burdensome federal, state and local regulations.
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PMMI launches education foundation

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute will launch its Education and Training Foundation January 1. The foundation gives PMMI a coordinated and flexible means of addressing a growing need in the packaging community.
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Mexico has new labeling rule

Commercial products sold in Mexico are subject to new labeling requirements that took effect November 1, 1996. The rule outlines the language that must be included on consumer product labels and defines terms, including packaging, labels and tags, instructions, guarantees, and the principal display panel.
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Heat transfer decorates White Rock cans

This summer, White Rock Products began test marketing its Sioux City Sarsaparilla in a 12-oz aluminum can that's reportedly the first to use Avery Dennison's new Clear ADvantage(TM) Therimage(TM) decoration.
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Latin America: this can's for you

Since October, Bud drinkers across most of Latin America found the venerable brew in a fluted aluminum can. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is rolling out the new 12-oz, 211-dia can as a permanent replacement for standard cans of Budweiser in Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize.
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Beer label changes colors down under

Though common by now in the U.S., red lagers are new to Australia. So when Lloyd Products of Regency Park, Adelaide, Australia, launched its Red Ant lager last summer, it wanted packaging that would draw attention to this unusual product.
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Warnings up in smoke

Rep. Martin Meehan, D-MA, wants to see tougher warning labels on cigarette packages and is developing legislation he hopes to introduce when the new 105th Congress convenes in January.
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Can printing brings the rain forest to life

"No one has taken wet-on-wet printing this far." That's how Mary Ellen Reis, director of packaging at Mistic Brands, White Plains, NY, describes the award-winning five-color print job on her company's line of Rain Forest nectars.

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