For small runs of 500 bottles or fewer, a smaller vibratory counter is used since it provides fast, five-min changeover. It?s a
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Glaxo Wellcome counts its savings

An electronic tablet counter/filler for clinical trial drugs provides 15-min changeover, regardless of tablet size or shape.
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Emballage unfolds in Paris

Emballage 96, the 32nd International Packaging Exhibition in Paris, France, runs Tuesday, November 12, through Saturday, November 16, at Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte.
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Two-in-one bottle an interesting solution

For years, Glaxo Wellcome had used generic 30-cc high-density polyethylene pharmaceutical bottles to hold 60 tablets of its prescription-only Zantac® medication.
A stepper-driven corner labeler (above) uses a pneumatic tamping mechanism to apply a preprinted bar-code label that?s rolled ar
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A reusable case for automation

New equipment at Herr Foods is among the first that erects, packs and seals tough-to-handle corrugated cases that are reused up to five times.
Hot melt adhesive is applied to thetrailing edge of labels as they?re applied to jars
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Seaforth puts label on versatility

Upgrade of a hot melt system results in improved labeling for private label manufacturer Seaforth.
A custom bottle count verifier uses a burst of air to blow bottles down a Y-shaped chute equipped with multiple light curtains
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High-assurance capping, sealing & bottle counting

In addition to flexible changeover, Glaxo Wellcome's clinical trial packaging line makes a high priority of quality-assured packaging. Its capper, sealer and bottle packer/counter are designed to maximize accuracy while minimizing errors.
Steve Daniels checks the vision system as filled and capped bottles index to a downstream cooler
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Ocean Spray's vision improves inspection

Juice maker automates vision system for detecting fill heights and cap application on PET bottles containing hot-filled juices. Productivity rises, labor costs decline, resulting in payback in less than one year.
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The Canadian Club "Heritage Series Gate Bottle" was released this April coinciding with the 63rd anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition's repeal.
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Brown-Forman gives international visitors a souvenir

Destined exclusively for duty-free shops across the U.S., Forester 96 Barrel Reserve whisky uses packaging to convey both its premium quality and its tie-in with the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
The tooling consists of several layers cut from standard aluminum sheet (left). Layers are bolted together to form the final too
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HP puts packaging parts on fast track (Sidebar)

Until a little over a year ago, HP's prototype molds were manufactured by EPS toolmakers the same way that production molds are made: by relying on a foundry to create a tool via the traditional sandcasting process.
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Maximizing its Orbitz

Orbitz, the new beverage that employs patent-pending "suspension technology" to keep "vegetable-based gel spheres" floating within it, hardly needs a fancy package to get attention.
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Natrel nets 30-day shelf life

A 30-day shelf life for fresh refrigerated milk?
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Munsterland likes 'green' package

Munsterland of Essen, Germany, announced on May 13 at interpack 96 that it was launching two premium margarine-like spreads, MM Extra and MM Super, in the Tetra Box from Filltech (Helsingborg, Sweden).
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Clear surgical glove pouch carves out high-end niche

At a time when most surgical glove pouches consist of paper webs that are cold-sealed together, ECI Medical Technologies is positioning its product at the high end by introducing gloves in a clear film pouch that's printed gravure in two colors.
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Brewers turn to PET bottles, wide-mouth cans

A six-month shelf life is claimed for amber 1-L bottles of polyethylene terephthalate holding dark beers produced and marketed by Canada's Algonquin Brewing Co., Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.

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