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Frozen produce marking proposal

The U.S. Customs Service has again proposed that country-of-origin must be marked on the front panel of frozen produce packages. A similar front-panel marking rule by the agency was declared null and void in 1994 by the Court of International Trade.
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Gas cylinder regs take attention from oxygen generators

Oxygen cylinders grabbed attention after the ValuJet crash. Now hazardous materials packed in gas cylinders are generating plenty of attention at federal agencies.
Shown are several of Swift?s Armour? marinated pork chop varieties. Chops are spaced about 1? apart within a multi-layer tray p
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Skin packs serve up Swift's pork chops

A multilayer film coextrusion combined with vacuum skin packaging machines help Swift gain a stronger presence in supermarkets with newer varieties of marinated pork chops.
Two side-by-side turntables (below) can now handle all the production from Callery Judge?s new citrus packinghouse. Corner posts
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Load 'roping' helps Callery Judge quality

Florida fruit grower produces top quality pallet loads that reflect its computerized state-of-the-art packinghouse technology.
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Packagers gain price cuts for recycled materials

Buyers of recycled plastics are seeing easing of prices, except for HDPE. Recycled paper prices have precipitously dropped as European economies stagnate.
Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.
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Bar-code labels drive automated warehouse

In 1992, Herr's built a 40ꯠ sq' automated warehouse that makes use of bar-coded labels on cases of finished goods to automatically sort and stack cases.
On the 2-oz line, the robotic head prepares to place 20 cups into a waiting case. To the left of the head is a sheet inserter th
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Robotics automate portion packing

Robotic packing cell case-packs delicate portion cups at speeds of 500 cups/min. Integrated system incorporates a stand-alone case erector and automatic tier sheet placer.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
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Pairing pack styles with markets

With Bass's vast reach to more than 70 different export markets, what determines which pack style is used for a given market?
IP?s new linerboard machine uses an unusual fourdrinier-on-fourdrinier configuration that brings top and base mats together to
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IP revs up recycled linerboard machine

International Paper enters the recycled linerboard manufacturing market with what it touts as "the world's largest recycled linerboard machine." The machine produces up to 1겨 tons/day at IP's Mansfield, LA, mill. Box makers respond positively.
The graphical touchscreen interface allows an operator to request help and instructions on the various phases of the changeover
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Bass wraps up market flexibility

A highly flexible multipacker wraps 4-, 6- and 10-count bottles in paperboard to help Bass meet demands of disparate retail markets at home and abroad. Automatic servo-driven dimensional changeover takes 15 seconds.
Pre-glued basket carriers with unsealed bottoms are placed in moving flights that guide the carriers over bottle groupings, afte
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Unique basket packer keeps pace with exports to the U.S.

While Bass's Marksman 2000 adds flexibility to its wrap pack capability, the company has augmented its six-pack basket packaging capacity to accommodate surging growth.
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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