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Pouch filling and sealing

The Hensen BF 350/DU high-speed pouch filling and sealing machine from Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) is designed to handle most types of stand-up pouches, including those with spouts or handles, as well as pillow or block-bottom bags.
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3M honors paper packaging innovations

"Last year, for the first time, consumers spent more money on food at foodservice outlets than at retail grocery stores, a trend that presents significant future opportunities for the packaging community." These comments from Robert Esse of Esse Technologies, (Monticello, MN) were made at 3M's (St.
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Milk gets 'in your face'

Cow-spotted milk cartons invaded the province of Ontario for an eight-week period beginning Sept. 30 as the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Canada, launched a special promotion to boost milk sales.
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Supplier news: Achievements

CCL Pharmaceuticals (Rosemont, IL) for its three UK facilities; Angelus Sanitary Can Machine Co. (Los Angeles, CA).
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machinery/labeling

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing its labeling requirements for drugs, medical devices and biologics to ensure that health practitioners and patients are provided with what the agency believes is more thorough than what's currently provided.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Assn. (Washington, DC): Gary S. Balkema of Bayer Corp., chairman-elect.
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
Many lines of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products come in packs distinguished through the use of colors, for easy label mat
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FDA rule on cut labels for drugs could draw blood

Agency may require automated verification of labels for both unit packages and shelf packs. Visual verification by color will be eliminated.

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