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Shown above are just a few of the shapes and sizes filled routinely on Kos?'s versatile bottling line.
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Building sales through versatility

Tokyo-based cosmetics giant Kosé installs two modular, quick-change bottling lines versatile enough to handle nearly 100 different bottle shapes and sizes.
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A rigid primary package guards against breakage and moisture damage.
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Effervescent tablets go 'Airborne' in tubes

Knight-McDowell Labs’ quest for an alternative to foil packaging for its effervescent tablets led to a rigid, polypropylene injection-molded container.
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P&G moisturizer sold in RPET

A clear clamshell made of recycled polyethylene terephthalate helps showcase the newest Oil of Olay® moisturizer from Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble. Thermoformed by Creative Forming (Ripon, WI), the clamshell recently earned an award in the Roll-fed/Consumer Housewares category in the 11th annual thermoforming competition sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers.
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Eggs-actly

On Nov. 30, 2000, Food and Drug Administration issued a final regulation requiring safe handling instructions on egg cartons. Within nine months, egg cartons must bear the following statement: “Safe Handling Instructions: To prevent illness from bacteria, keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly.” The regulation also requires that eggs delivered to retail establishments be promptly refrigerated at 45°F or lower.
This drawing shows the U-shaped aseptic filling line from beginning to end.
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Aseptic drug filling boasts new type of sterilization

Sterilizing a depyrogenation tunnel by means of vaporized hydrogen peroxide is a first at Organon’s recently installed vial filling line.
The thermal-transfer printer/encoder "test" machine (above) operates at a Hines Veterans Hospital outpatient pharmacy. It encode
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VA hospital tests 'talking' label

Visually impaired patients at a veterans hospital are participating in a pilot program involving a radio-frequency identification labeling system that can read aloud prescription information and instructions for a medicine.
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Tri-extrusion heightens Haremar's capability (sidebar)

Film wraps McDonald’s Canadian buns
The vision sensor's hand controller for set-up parameters is wired through the cartoner's main panel (above) with the view displ
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A vision for low-cost inspection

Access Business Group, the manufacturing arm for Amway, upgrades cosmetics packaging with new low-cost vision sensors that confirm literature insertion and label presence.
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Singularly premium packs

Since the International Chocolate Co., Salt Lake City, UT, changed the packaging for its Single-Bean Chocolate Bars, the product has become its best-selling item. Tim Bergquist of International Chocolate says the candy’s popularity is due in part to a switch from multipacks to the single bars that the company now sells.
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Triarc goes triangular

White Plains, NY-based Triarc Beverage Corp. has introduced Mistic® Zotics™, a line of exotically flavored, all-natural drinks packaged in distinctive three-sided bottles.
The vf/f/s machine discharges four filled and sealed packs at a time (above). The equipment heat-seals a strip of unprinted film
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Filler meets tough standards at Stonyfield

Stonyfield Farm is so confident about the potential sales of its Yo Squeeze organic yogurt for kids that it’s purchased a second vf/f/s machine. Each machine produces 200 tubes/min, with an unusual ‘butt seal.’
The redesigned Tums package (left) features a snap-on/twist-off cap and an oval-shaped neck finish that is induction-sealed on a
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Tums packages sealed with a twist

SmithKline Beecham breaks new ground with an oval-shaped, induction-sealed foil membrane beneath a twist-off cap. Benefits include reduced downtime and less scrap.
The top portion of the Squish-Pak! bottle's two-piece closure is removed (below left), revealing the "sipper  protrusion" that m
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Suiza dairy touts 'squishy' bottle

A soft LDPE bottle and ‘sipper protrusion’ make it easy for kids to hold and drink single-serve milks. Suiza’s Country Fresh dairy introduces two distinct brands of milk in the containers.
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Wine bottles go 'green' for Europe

Citing European preference for “green” packaging, and to satisfy local regulatory prohibitions, Canandaigua Brands, Fairport, NY, has switched wine capsules on bottles it ships to Europe.
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Cash pops out of Aussie cans

The expression “show me the money” has taken a beverage twist Down Under. That’s where United Distillers & Vintners, part of London, England-based Diageo, has stashed real cash inside select cans of Bundaberg’s Rum & Cola.

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