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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers (sidebar)

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PCs penetrating packaging lines

In an exclusive PW survey, nearly half of packagers now report using PC-controlled packaging equipment, with more growth projected. However, commitment to PLCs remains strong.
A worker at a Baxter Healthcare plant in Irvine, CA, seals sterile pouches with a band sealer. Close-up of the control panel (to
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Baxter Labs helps develop validatable pouch sealers

Spurred by ISO requirements, Baxter’s CardioVascular Group works with OEM to develop more consistent, validatable heat sealers for medical device pouches.
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Notable web sites

Materials Marketplaces B2Boxes.com is a corrugated marketplace/supplier locator site. Buyers can locate a local box manufacturer from an extensive database.
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Networks on the rise, packagers say (sidebar)

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Favorable market conditions foster growth in flexibles

Flexible packaging material sales are expected to reach nearly $18.1 billion this year, a 3.7% increase from 1998. Converters expect the surgical/medical markets to show the strongest growth during the next five years.
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User fees stuck in neutral, (sidebar)

FDA pressed to 'repackage' 120-day approval program
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1999 inductees into the PEF Hall of Fame

Newly elected to the Packaging Education Forum's Packaging Hall of Fame are three inductees selected from 20 candidates submitted earlier this year.
At Upsher-Smith Laboratories in Minneapolis, a camera (far left) takes an image of a pharmaceutical label to verify date and lot
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Strong gains projected for machine vision in packaging

The pharmaceutical and food industries are expected to report 10%-plus gains annually in use of machine vision systems, says this report from a prominent trade group.
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WestPack celebrates 50 years of packaging innovation (sidebar)

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