Beverage

Two full pallet discharge stations are shown here, and immediately in front of them is the grooved track that guides the automat
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Transfer cars simplify pallet handling

Owens Brockway glass plant now relies on automated cars and pallet stackers instead of forklift operators to move cases of glass from palletizers to stretch wrappers.
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Slaking a thirst for real-time data

Ocean Spray's new Nevada plant just outside Las Vegas boasts the latest in on-line data acquisition and communications systems. Can/glass line is a good example.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices

Almost all packagers decry increases in corrugated costs. Users of paper and plastics find those package materials aren't far behind. These materials are most often targeted by purchasers developing strategies to hold the line on costs, according to an ex
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Reed-Spectrum (Holden, MA) has announced the start of a 24ꯠ-sq-ft expansion for its Albion, MI, facility.
Molds open (top) to reveal the injection-molded PET preforms, which are subsequently conditioned and stretch/blow molded into fi
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Single-stage molding propels Premier Plastics

Custom blowmolder on West Coast adds an injection/stretch blow-molding machine to tap the bottled water market. Health For Life Brands of Arizona is first user of Premier's 500mL bottle.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors for increasing prices
The two-piece tin (top) looks like a scale model of the race car. Even the bottom (above) is printed and formed to look like the
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J.L. Clark races to new technology in metal forming

Distortion printing, nine-mold forming and computer-aided design were all instrumental in Clark's unique two-piece stock car tin for Valvoline.
Cartons and back labels for several Colgate-Palmolive products contain environmental claims. The end panel for Colgate's Baking
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FTC considers changes to environmental guidelines

Packagers differ about whether to make label guidelines more specific or not. Changes in the SPI resin code language are still uncertain.
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Permeation instruments

Modern Controls (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the Mocon® Aromatron Series of instruments designed to measure the permeability, solubility, diffusivity and precise transmission rate of organic vapors through films and packages.
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High-temp label stock

ScotchMark(TM) 3921 is a high temperature label stock for thermal transfer printing from 3M (St. Paul, MN). Made of 3-mil cast acrylic, it can handle operating temperatures to 450°F, flash temperatures to 550°F, immersion in solvents, abrasion cycling, flagging on contoured surfaces, as well as extended exposure to weather or UV light.

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