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Century seals securely

Diameters may range from 38 to 120 mm, but regardless of the neck finish on HDPE jars filled on four packaging lines at Century Foods, tamper evidence is assured since the August installation of four induction-sealing machines from Pillar Technologies (Hartland, WI).
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'Tall blonde' bottle proves versatile

Southerners have a new beer option from Carolina Beer & Beverage, LLC, a regional craft brewer in Mooresville, NC: Tall blonde, a 16-oz longneck PET barrier bottle containing a light pilsner-style brew.
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Shapely canisters treat cookies, dog food

Distinctive tapered canisters with rounded corners are creating differentiation for products in two separate categories, and in two different countries. In the United States, Dayton, OH-based Iams Company in November began to use the Linearpak® container for its new Eukanuba Healthy Extras Biscuits.
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P&G's new angle on tortilla chips

Procter & Gamble has unveiled another intriguing new plastic package. Just months ago, the Cincinnati-based company began test-marketing 0.81 oz of Pringles in a single-serve cup injection-molded of polypropylene (see PW, Oct. ’01, p. 2, or packworld.com/go/pringlepak). This time it’s Torengos Tortilla Chips in an 8 ½’’ tall white triangular container with 2 ¾’’ sides.
Backside view shows the cam-operated platforms under each bottle that raise and lower during the filling cycle to minimize splas
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HBA filler's range speaks volumes

A ‘showcase’ 18-station filler at Stanford Personal Care fills products from watery to pastes at a rate of 180/min with an accuracy of 0.3%. See in-plant video
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Euro lawncare products drum up sales

Canisters made of recycled paperboard have been making inroads throughout Europe as a primary package that provides stackability and pleasing graphics for fertilizers.
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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? See in-plant video
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Label shrinks costs for Toro

Financial savings were behind The Toro Company’s decision to replace folding cartons with shrink-sleeve labels for its SingleStream-brand adjustable-pattern lawn sprinkler.
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Printer presses onward with unitizing (sidebar)

Materialistic thinking=savings
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The clear choice in jerky packaging

Phoenix-based Sun Valley Natural Products released its Jerqué line of gourmet beef and turkey jerky in October. The antibiotic-free, hormone-free meat product is packaged in a clear film pouch from Lithografix, a subsidiary of Lithotype (South San Francisco, CA), and is decorated with an award-winning label designed by Estudio Ray (Phoenix, AZ).
A half-ton of hydraulic pressure compresses the loads an average of 4'' to tighten them for shipment (above) before the load con
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Printer presses onward with unitizing

Automatic weighing, strapping, and stretch-wrapping system unitizes loads of printed materials at Gazette Communications. Damage claims are reduced to zero.
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Marks & Spencer 'bites' on lined container

In October, renowned U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer launched QuickBite foods in an “insulated” package that keeps food hot without burning consumer hands as they eat the food directly from the container.
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Laser coding excels at Excelda

Excelda Mfg., a contract packager of lubricants and other products sold in the automotive aftermarket, has turned to laser coding to improve legibility of the single-line date code it uses on the plastic bottles it fills.
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Suspension pack wins H-P an award

Packaging of computer monitors has changed dramatically at Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett-Packard. By replacing expanded polystyrene end caps with suspension packaging made of kraft paper and plastic film, H-P has reduced material costs by 15.5%.
The 128-valve filler handles 20-oz bottles at 1,000/min.
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Bottling built for the future

When this Pennsylvania beverage marketer installed a new line for PET bottles, great care was taken that the equipment be capable of handling multiple package varieties. See in-plant video
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Detergent tabs 'heat' up packaging

In Britain, premeasured tablets are the fastest-growing way to use laundry detergents, and Robert McBride, plc, Cumbria, England, is packing them 70% faster with an economical film from UCB Films (Smyrna, GA).

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