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Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
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Evian's 'Nomad' travels to the U.S.

S.A. Evian Co., Evian, France, introduced its “Nomad” bottled water last summer, first in Europe and then in the United States. The polyethylene terephthalate-bottled water (below left) is topped with an unusual hinged closure molded with a loop.
Unilever's revamped overcap sortation and orientation system smooths out what had been a jam-laden setup.
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Unilever overcomes overcapping obstacles

Unilever’s overcap sorter/orienter/feeder for aerosol hairsprays lifts production rates by 22% and eliminates constant jams.
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Two chambers prove better than one

For Schering-Plough HealthCare Products’ new Coppertone® Endless Summer® Sunless Tanning Lotion, new tanning technology required new packaging technology as well.
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New line helps repackaging pay off (sidebar)

Repackaging’ defined
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Decorating, market goals make glass winners

Clear Choice winners for 2000 reinforce the premium image of glass containers. Winners also employ costly decorating, including applied ceramic labeling and heat-transfer labels.
Overhead hoppers on each electronic tablet counter are fed by a bucket that travels on demand from a floor-level hopper (inset)
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New line helps repackaging pay off

Added last August, RxPak’s newest drug repackaging line is notable not only for its level of automation, but also for the senior-friendly, child-resistant closure it applies. See in-plant video
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New line helps repackaging pay off (sidebar)

Closure/container combo
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment (sidebar)

Dunnage options, economics
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Universal connector for syrup bags

Plano, TX-based Dr Pepper/Seven Up was instrumental in the development of a new connector spout on syrup bags. Designed for soft drink dispensing systems, the spout could make life a lot easier for bottlers and foodservice institutions across the country.
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment (sidebar)

eToys’ future in doubt
An eToys operator inspects a boxed order to determine how many air cushions will be necessary to prevent excessive product movem
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment

Air-cushion-making machinery, conveyors, case tapers and printers provide operational efficiency at embattled e-tailer e-Toys’ new distribution facility in Ontario, CA.
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Campbell reshapes bowl

Campbell Soup Co., Camden, NJ, hopes to bowl consumers over with a new design for “Soup to go!” that’s taller, slimmer and curvier than the ubiquitous microwavable bowls it debuted in summer ’99. Soup to go! was re-introduced in a new bowl starting last August.
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Packs provide shimmer

Revlon’s new hair treatment line was designed to put the shine back in damaged hair. Housed in equally luminous packaging, the premium line includes nine different products.
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Alberto-Culver's all-natural bottle graphics

In an effort to recover its declining herbal shampoo/conditioner business, Alberto-Culver, maker of Alberto VO5 products, decided to modernize and “naturalize” its outdated bottles.
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Wine labels offer taste of the country

Beginning in November, Wollersheim Winery, Prairie Du Sac, WI, began replacing the gray labels and capsules (photo, right) on 11 of its popular wines with new color-coordinated and graphically appealing alternatives (photo, left).

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