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.
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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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Shrink graphics fire up hot sauce sales

Bold shrink band graphics that simulate molten lava erupting from 5 oz glass bottles of Little Freddy's Hot Lava hot sauce have spurred product sales by 15 to 20%.
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Delaney nearing revision

The longstanding battle to reform the decades-old Delaney Clause, which prohibits the use of any carcinogenic additive in processed food, is moving forward in Congress.
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Pfizer recalls shave gel due to poor can coating

Cans for Pfizer's PureSilk Shave Gel for women that have been sold since last October are now being recalled by the New York-based company, in conjunction with the U.S.

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