The Patrion ink-jet printer from Marsh (Belleville, IL) prints 1 to 8 lines of type on paperboard and corrugated, at speeds to 200 fpm. Prints ascending and descending characters in a variety of fonts, with character sizes from 10 mm (0.39") to 50 mm (1.97") H.
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Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI) has developed a child-resistant closure that is also a dispenser. For OTC pharmaceutical products, this closure is said to exceed re-cent requirements for child safety and senior accessibility set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Regulatory reformers are using the budget process to curb the powers of federal regulatory agencies, often by denying funding for specific programs. Uncertainty reigns at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as it waits to see how Congress handles its appropriations.
Whether captive or consulting, packaging designers rarely get the credit or the budgets they need. Marketing 'pups' often control purse strings and decision-making. But there's a bit of light showing from designers' computer terminals.