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Is Bud ready for plastics?

Wondering what the world's biggest brewer thinks about plastic bottles for beer? Anheuser-Busch tipped its hand, ever so slightly, at a recent technical conference.
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Controls Product Brief

Photoelectric sensors catalog

Banner Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) 1998 catalog of photoelectric sensors is a 700-page book designed for engineers facing sensing problems. Company background, new products and detailed information on photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors and accessories are included.
Controls Product Brief

AET Films: Product manual

A 132-page manual from AET Films (New Castle, DE) describes the company's OPP film products. The book is divided into ten sections covering four film types: transparent, metallized, white opaque and label.

A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
Controls Product Brief

Intellution Incorporated: PC-based control book

A new book, SoftLogic: Overcoming Funnel Vision, by Dennis E. Wisnosky, senior VP of Intellution (Norwood, MA), describes the promise of control software running on standard PCs, which it terms SoftLogic.
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'Message on the bottle'

"The perfume bottles which grace a dressing table and the beverage bottles which languish in the cupboard speak volumes about their owners," writes Mary Lewis of London-based design consultancy Lewis Moberly.
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Packages 'understand' people, says Hine

The relationships people have with packages are more complex than they realize. They're both intimate and emotional, says author and noted design critic Thomas Hine in the foreword of his book The Total Package: The Secret History and Hidden Meanings of Boxes, Bottles, Cans, and Other Persuasive Containers (Back Bay Books).

Breaking out of the jewel box

New York-based record company 32 Records launched its 32 Jazz label this April with a new CD package reminiscent of LP packaging. Company spokesman Joel Dorn cites durability of the package, made of both paperboard and polystyrene, as well as its fully printable paperboard surface, as keys to the company's decision.
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Book explains bar-code technologies

Baffled by bar codes?

U.S. materials consumption to grow modestly

The consumption of U.S. packaging materials is expected to grow at a moderate rate of 3.2% annually through 2001, according to the new third edition of the Rauch Guide to the U.S.


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