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One-piece closure

Designed specifically for the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, the Low Profile Squeeze-Lok® closure is available from Rexam Closures (Evansville, IN).
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Alcohol content

A new California labeling law for alcoholic beverages requires all beverages containing more than 5.7% alcohol by volume to declare that content on the label.
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Metal detector

A new second-generation variable frequency metal detector from Graseby Goring Kerr (Amherst, NY) can be used to inspect fresh or frozen products with either metallized or non-metallized films on the same production line.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Shell Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) entered a distribution agreement with M.A. Hanna Resin Distribution (Lemont, IL) for Shell's Carilon® polymers.
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Quick-change feature

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) ChaseLock(TM) instant-release, vial-and-stopper feeder bowl-and-track system is now available on the company's FS Series of filling and stopper insertion machines.
Labeled bottles travel through this 0;bridge? between the molding plant and the bottling operation on what may be the longest a
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
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KFC tests new meal plate

An ongoing test at select Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets will soon determine if a plated meal package for single servings should be adopted throughout the Louisville, KY-based KFC chain.
Dow Chemical has been awarded more than 60 patents for the technology, products and applications stemming from its INSITE9; c
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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.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
Inside the blow/fill/seal machine, a plastic extrusion is surrounded by the mold (1), conformed to the mold with vacuum, and fil
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A new Dey for aseptic blow/fill/seal

A trio of latest-generation blow/fill/seal machines for aseptic respiratory care products are the first in the U.S. Dey Laboratories receives one-third higher production, better sterility and labor-saving CIP/SIP.
Materials Product Brief
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Adhesive applicator

The Scotch ATG 700 Adhesive Applicator from 3M Industrial Tape and Specialties Div. (St. Paul, MN) is easier to load and holds up to 60 yds more tape than its predecessor, the 752.
Materials Product Brief
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Heat seal technology

Perfecseal (Philadelphia, PA) has introduced PerfecFlex(TM) CPT (Clean-Peel Transfer) heat sealant. This new polymeric material can be laminated to or extrusion-coated onto a variety of films.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
Even companies as large as Pillsbury recognize the payback from quick response to consumers? changing tastes. Product developmen
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We want it 'faster, faster, faster'

Packaging professionals are becoming scarcer at Pillsbury. Now the company is sourcing its packaging through teams, and it relies far more on suppliers for packaging R&D. Still, it seeks to cut time from the process.
Materials Product Brief
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Intermediate bulk container

Consisting of a metal frame and pallet with sides that are food-grade molded virgin PP, the Pallecon 330 from TNT Container Logistics (Franklin Park, IL) can hold the equivalent of six 55-gal drums.
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On-product outsert

Topflight (York, PA) has introduced sealed, multiple-fold, multiple-perforation adhesive information booklets called Infoserts. They're designed to adhere directly on the surface of cosmetics, food, beverage, or over-the-counter medication containers.
A prewrapped lamp base is lowered into the lower base layer of Enviromold within a carton
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'Green' lights for Cambridge

This lighting and accessory manufacturer switched from paper-based void fill to a biodegradable mold-in-place system that sheds light on productivity and environmental issues.

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