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Wine label evokes Chilean heritage

Franciscan Estate, a St. Helena, CA-based winery, wanted to “create a story” for Primus, its premium Chilean red table wine. To achieve that, the winery turned to Michael Osborne Design (San Francisco, CA) to create a label that would evoke a sense of the vintage’s rich Chilean heritage.
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This rigid APET clamshell provides shock protection for Seagate's disc drives during handling and shipping. Bar codes can be sca
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SeaShell drives away damage

Disk drive manufacturer Seagate reduces damage by 60% and saves more than $4 million per year in freight and materials costs by switching to a thermoformed ‘SeaShell’ clamshell.
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Dialing into new packaging

Variotec Innovative Packaging Systems (Kaufbeuren, Germany) has launched a new dispensing concept called Dialpack. First used in Germany in 1999 for Variotec’s own Variosun brand sunscreen, the Dialpack system allows consumers to select their preferred level of SPF protection between every application. A dial on the front panel of the polypropylene “bottle” can be adjusted to meet specific sunscreen needs.
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Ink-jet coder doesn't horse around

English horse-feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell of Kettering, Northants, needed a new method of coding information onto the sides of its feed bags—preferably one as sturdy as the horses consuming the feed.
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Bags are a natural for organic cereals

In May, 2000, Barbara’s Bakery, a Petaluma, CA-based natural foods maker, began using oriented polypropylene “eco” bags to sell family-sized packages of its Organic Shredded Oats and Organic Puffins cereals.
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Engineering software quickens product launch

Mary Kay Inc., the Dallas-based global direct-selling manufacturer of skin care and beauty products, is implementing Design-Expert® mathematical software from Stat-Ease (Minneapolis, MN) to help avoid product launch delays and unnecessary rework costs.
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Switch to PET brings icy look

United Distillers & Vintners recently replaced glass with polyethylene terephthalate for 200-mL (6.76-oz) bottles of its TGI Friday’s® On the Rocks line of ready-to-drink cocktails. The custom bottles are injection/stretch blow molded by Schmalbach-Lubeca.
The laser scanners "look" through the top of a case of aerosol cans (above). Each of three scan heads has a 120-degree field of
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Integrator specs laser sensor for aerosol can line

Systems integrator adapts special laser to sense defects in cases of aerosol cans for cleaning products maker. Error detection improves to 99%.
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Kraft-y bottle wins accolades

Kraft Food Services, Glenview, IL, was honored in October with the Package of the Year award from the Atlanta-based Assn. of Dressings and Sauces. Kraft’s patented wide-mouth, high-density polyethylene 1-gal jug includes a handle featuring a thumbprint and finger-grip for easy gripping, along with a screw cap and a pouring-friendly design.
Open-mouth, pinch-bottom bags (top) are pulled from a magazine feed by vacuum cups. Sealed bags (above) exit the filler and are
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Efficiency gained, paper costs cut

A UK producer of chemicals used in the leather industry successfully integrated an automated packaging line and cut the cost of multiwall paper bags in the process.
Church & Dwight's complex, two-layer top label deftly balances high-speed application, consumer convenience and food-grade TE re
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Over-the-top effort solves TE challenges

Arm & Hammer’s p-s TE label for its new HDPE shaker bottle of baking soda uses two types of adhesives. The duo performs tamper-evidence while it meets regulatory requirements for foods.
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.
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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Remedent's new package turns heads (sidebar)

The packaging process
The bagged hip stem is twisted into place into an undercut in the inner tray (above). This secures the metal part for distributi
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Redesign puts twist into 'hip' trays

Smith & Nephew’s redesigned packaging for hip stems puts a product-securing twist to PETG trays, while foam inserts also keep the metal product secure.
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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