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Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
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PEN cap liner

A cap lining material that includes polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) is believed to be the first cap liner to use Kaladex(TM) film from ICI Polyester. The liner is available from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) and is suitable for PET bottles and PEN polymer bottles.
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Cosmetics labeling at issue in FDA reform

After months of painstaking bipartisan negotiations, legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration is poised for consideration in both the House and Senate.
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Poultry law hit

For decades the beef industry has complained that USDA regulations give poultry a competitive edge, since current regulations allow poultry to take in as much as 8% water during the chilling process without any mention of additional water on the label.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West

PMMI's second Western show will feature 25% more machinery than '95 during its run in Las Vegas, Oct. 13 to 16. Co-located International Exposition for Food Processors and Solutions 97 conference will add a processing flavor.
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Hot melt adhesive

Pinch-Lok(TM) 34-6610 is a new proprietary polymer hot melt adhesive for pinch-bottom, multi-wall and self-open sack (SOS) bags is available from National Starch & Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ).
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Techni-Cal achievement

For years Canadian pet food manufacturer Martin Pet Foods has relied on pinch-bottom bags for its 7- and 15-kg (15.4- and 33-lb) sizes of "super premium" pet food.
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PepsiCo tests canned snacks

Some Pepsi-Cola can vending machines are now offering consumers something to go along with their cold drink preference: Fritos and Doritos chips and Rold Gold pretzels.
At the pre-tare station (above), empty bottles are individually weighed, then conveyed to the  dosing station (left). A dust shr
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Sweetening your medicine

A new auger filler/checkweighing system allows Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer to double its output and incorporate a new formulation onto its line.
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Auger filler for dry, flowable products

Developed to replace volumetric cup fillers, the Neotron System® is a multi-auger filler from GEI Mateer Burt (Wayne, PA) that fills dry, flowable products like soup base, parmesan cheese, drink mixes and spices into PS and paperboard containers 10-up.
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Reforming FDA

Congress has picked up the pace on FDA reform, with legislation moving in both the House and Senate. Strongly backed by food manufacturers is language in the Senate bill providing that health claims on food labels would be presumed to be authorized if the claim is based on, and consistent with, findings of a federal health agency or of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Patently controversial

Big business is losing the fight to make patent applications public. But it's gaining on its goal of creating a better funded, better operated U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Case packer for pouches

The Efficia 100 case packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is designed to pack a wide variety of individually pouched products such as coffee, iced tea and cereal into a case.
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Country of origin

Congress is getting into the act over whether or not to require country-of-origin labeling on packaging. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA) introduced a bill mandating country of origin labeling for produce at the retail level, while Sen.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Millennium Petrochemicals (Cincinnati, OH) entered into an alliance with MSI Technology (Arlington Heights, IL) for the sale of Millennium's Plexar® tie-layer resins.
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Pinch-bottom bag

Bancroft Bag (W. Monroe, LA) has introduced the Mini-Pinch pinch-bottom bag. Measuring less than 18" long, this size provides petfood companies with a package that's insect resistant.
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Packaging web sites

Remember, type http:// in front of each address. AlliedSignal www.asresin.com Alvey Systems www.alvey.com Bar Code Systems www.bcs1.com GEI Intl. www.gei-int.com Multisorb Technologies www.multisorb.com Shell Chemical www.shellchemical.com
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Breathable can for Gloria Jean's coffees

For gift packs, Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees of Castroville, CA, has switched from steel cans containing 1.75 oz of ground coffee to 4-oz foil/paperboard canisters.

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