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Volpak: Volpak: Vertical f/f/s system

ACMA/GD (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Volpak VR-200 high-speed vertical form/fill/seal system. Produces pillow-style, side-gusseted and block-bottom pouches for liquid and dry products, including pouches with reclosable zippers and pop-up straws, at speeds to 150/min.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
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Consumers want better packaging

Friends and family who know I have "something to do with" packaging are always asking me to pass on their packaging complaints, observations and requests.
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Peristaltic pump filler

ELF Machines (LaPorte, IN) has developed a two-head metered dispensing system suitable for laboratory or pharmaceutical applications. It fills thin and slightly viscous liquids into containers ranging from 0.25 mL to 500 mL.
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Klockner Packaging: Continuous-motion cartoner

The Medipak Pacliner 4/200 is a new high-speed continuous-motion cartoner from Klockner Packaging Machinery (Clearwater, FL). Designed for pharmaceutical, medical device and personal care applications, it can package blister packs, tubes, small bottles, pouches or vials into cartons 60 to 150 mm (2.4" to 5.9") L x 30 to 115 mm (1.2" to 4.5") W x 12 to 90 mm (0.5" to 3.5") H at speeds to 200/min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Design Group (St. Louis, MO), a Barry-Wehmiller company, will open a Southeastern office in Greenville, SC, focusing on the growing FDA-regulated medical, pharmaceutical and food industries.
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FDA wants fresh juice warning labels

Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Anderson Packaging (Rockford, IL): Ed Hancock, president, Pharmaceutical Div.; Tom Baca, president, Oral Care and Household Products Div.
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Labeling for geriatrics

All pharmaceutical drug labels must include a geriatric use subsection according to a final rule published in late August by FDA. Geriatric labeling will be phased in through 2003, beginning with six priority drug categories which must be labeled by August 28, 1998.
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Labeling for pediatrics

FDA has proposed a rule requiring drug manufacturers to test the safety of some new prescription drugs and biologics for children, determine appropriate dosages and label the product accordingly.

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