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PLCs (top) have been the mainstay of packaging machine control for years, but use of PC controllers (above) has been rising. Bot
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Debating the future of packaging machine control

PC vs PLC -- Six packaging machinery builders debate the pros and cons of controlling packaging machinery with either computers or programmable logic controllers.
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Wine labels won't change

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has decided not to pursue its earlier proposal to change the net contents statement on wine labels. BATF had proposed allowing the net contents to be expressed in centiliters as an alternative to milliliters, but the majority of those who submitted comments on the proposal said it would be too confusing to consumers.
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Colorful wine labels attract younger demographic

To revitalize the Sol/o brand and appeal to a younger audience, Trinchero Family Estates, formerly Sutter Home Winery, has redesigned the pressure-sensitive labels on its line of wines.
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Moet & Chandon prepares for the millennium

As the world prepares for a new millennium, champagne makers find new and exciting ways to decorate champagne bottles (see Packaging World, July '99, p.24, or packworld.
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Pactiv: Protective sleeves

Sleevit® packaging sleeves from Pactiv Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) protect delicate surfaces from abrasion while allowing product visibility. Sleeves are made from 1/8" PE Astro-Foam® sheet die-cut to stretch into diamond-shaped mesh vents.
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Web Plus: Capsule reviews

A variety of distinctive glass wine bot-tles are featured at www.winebottle.com, the site of Wine Bottle & Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).
Ground beef, like this retail package, may soon be treated with irradiation for safety. One major supplier, IBP, may use irradia
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FDA radiates antipathy on irradiation labeling

Agency appears reluctant to let food processors use less-frightening labeling declaration for foods that are irradiated. Consumer opposition to any change is very strong.
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Alcoholic beverage packaging ban stuns

A new proposal to limit packaging options staggers industry. Agency would ban alcohol in packages that could lure underage drinkers.
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Canandaigua touts dual-spout box

Consumers can now serve both a white and blush wine from the same package thanks to "Party in a Box," currently being test-marketed by Canandaigua Wine Co.
This excerpted screen capture of the PC control programming software shows a portion of ladder logic programming that incorporat
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PC control grows up

Contract packager Beverage Capital becomes one of the first users of a 78-valve liquid filler controlled by a single PC. Benefits include ease of use, faster troubleshooting.

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