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Top graphics make milk pouch come alive

One of the pioneers in pouched milk packaging in the U.S. is now presenting its product in four-color flexo printing on white 4-mil linear low-density polyethylene that's bringing vivid color to the milk case.
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Desiccant cap and vial

United Desiccants (Belen, NM) will show its newest product line, desiccant cap and vial. A desiccant sits inside the cap of a vial to provide moisture protection.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

Besides speed, any equipment on the Body Care line must fit into Mary Kay's packaging philosophy, which places a premium on flexibility. That's understandable.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) won an award for significant technology in the 1996 R&D 100 awards competition.
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Tabletop chipboard printer

Bell-Mark's (Pine Brook, NJ) TB920 tabletop chipboard printer can print bar codes on cartons, blister cards, inserts or displays at speeds to 125 units/min.
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Supplier news: Achievements

A recent endowment given by Dow Chemical (Midland, MI) allows Sonoco Packaging Science Lab, located at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) to produce a plastic film extrusion system.
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Vision software

Systech (Cranbury, NJ) has developed TIPS(TM) advanced vision and packaging automation solutions, a software program that allows manufacturers of food, beverages, or cosmetics to upgrade manual and mechanical visions systems.
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Bar code inspection system

The Plato-0100 is a bar code inspection system from Entry Technology (Cream Ridge, NJ) that verifies readability and presence of a correct bar code on most types of packaging.
The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
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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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Stock jar closures

The Elegance Jar Covers from Tech Industries (Woonsocket, RI) are suited for cosmetics and personal care applications. Made of injection-molded PP, they are available in 33-, 48-, and 53-mm sizes.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

What Nestlé wants in a development engineer
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture (sidebar)

The perils of international sourcing
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
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Food is pasteurized by ultra-high pressure

When it comes to pasteurizing and preserving foods, few methods are as tried and true as thermal processing. But now Avomex, Inc., is selling fresh avocado pulp, in a clear barrier pouch, that has a 30-day refrigerated shelf life thanks to a whole new processing technology: ultra-high pressure.
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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Entrée salads with a paperboard twist

Fresh-cut produce in extended-shelf-life packaging remains one of the hottest areas of food packaging today. The latest entry is an entrée: Ready-To-Go Entrée Salads from Fresh Express of Salinas, CA.

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