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Nimble, facile, flexible:How packaging survives

Packaging has been called a chess game without checkmate-never ending, always evolving-reflecting the changing demands of product manufacturers who, in turn, are trying to satisfy the needs of the consuming public.
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future (sidebar)

Getting computers to communicate
At Johnson Controls' recycling plant at Novi, MI, incoming PET bottles are debagged and fed into the company's process that prod
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FDA plans to speed approval for PCR use

Packagers are delighted with what they've heard about new post-consumer plastic resin rules expected this fall. Data requirements will be clearer and more specific so retesting will be minimized.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
At the end of Barber Foods? packaging line, Lock?n?Pop is applied to a box top by two pneumatically operated nozzles
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Barber Foods pops for an alternative

When stretch wrap's true colors showed through-and weren't green-this chicken product producer switched to an adhesive palletizing system.
Gleneagles' John Hamilton (top, far left) and Krupp's John Piercy were instrumental in establishing the bottler's in-house stre
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Gleneagles springs for in-house stretch/blow molding

Scotland's Gleneagles Spring Waters shifts from buying PET bottles to stretch/blow molding them in-house from preforms. The change saves $600ꯠ/yr and provides a "family" image for its seven bottle sizes.
Many retailers order small quantities to minimize inventories, as these stacked pallets of corrugated cases suggests
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First Brands bags labor, freight savings

New logistics software helps First Brands configure retail display pallets cost efficiently, lowering labor and freight costs by 50% and 30%, respectively.
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How State Chemical cleans up (sidebar)

Flexibility needed in case printing
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Festive cup stars at Carl's Jr. restaurants

A converting process expands into cups, creating a festive holiday promotion for
At Shepard?s, the mail order fulfillment house for the Museum, nine packing stations use the water- soluble loose fill. Overhea
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Moma knows best about loose fill

For packaging and shipping its exclusive gifts, New York's Museum of Modern Art opts for a dissolvable cushioning material to protect the art pieces and the environment.
A green-and-yellow ?batch marker? conveys through an accumulating station, indicating the end of a run of video cassettes. The m
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Video cassette production rolls at Sony U.K.

Internally powered roller conveyors link labeling, wrapping and packing functions on three identical video cassette lines at Sony.
Wigwam?s new paperboard sock pack is customized for each product through the use of pressure-sensitive labels, one on the front
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future

Revamping outdated graphics wasn't enough for sock maker Wigwam Mills. New pack and labeling improve consumer appeal while output and flexibility meet retailers' changing needs.
State?s newest sealer is used on a multipurpose packaging line that runs sizes from 1-oz sampler bottles up to the 16-oz bottle
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How State Chemical cleans up

Cleveland-based chemical packer modernizes its filling lines with induction sealing, and with a computer program that helps put customer service first.
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FDA revises standards for single-serve dairy containers

It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.

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