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Packaging jobs on the line

Responding to Packaging 2000, our three-part series on packaging job skills, readers ascertain what will likely be necessary for packaging professionals in the new millenium.
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O'Doul's calls phone card label a success

A Christmas holiday promotion involving a special telephone card "label" affixed to the inside of 12-packs of O'Doul's non-alcoholic beer has been called a success by Anheuser-Busch.
2:This sterilizable medical film is 50% thinner than comparable materials used for packages of intravenous drugs.
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Medical/surgical packs make a strong FPA showing

Among medical industry packages to win FPA awards this year was a thermoformed pouch that won the Green Globe Award for environmental achievement.
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Designers pick top ten

What will be hot in '97?
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Supplier news: Achievements

Sharp Ivers-Lee (Conshohocken, PA) developed the BuSpar® 15mg Patient Starter Kit for Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York, NY, which received the Pharmaceutical Package of the Year Award and the Overall Package of the Year Award for 1996 from the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club, Clifton, NJ.
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More mandates?

A downturn in plastics recycling markets could signal trouble for packagers. Some companies have stopped buying recycled plastics, inhibiting an already underdeveloped plastics recycling infrastructure.
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Retailers find security in source tagging (sidebar)

Who's got the beta tape player?
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Bristol-Myers recalls birth control packages

In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
The illustration (above) depicts where the security label might be applied by a manufacturer. A close-up of the label (left) sho
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Retailers find security in source tagging

National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.
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UV-curable topcoat

Originally developed to protect bar coding on circuit boards, 1071S is a UV-curable protective topcoat from Craig Adhesives and Coatings (Newark, NJ).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Quantum Chemical Corp. (Cincinnati, OH): Susan M. Ganster, mktg. mgr., injection molding.
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No uniformity in changeover demands (sidebar)

Changeover not critical to some
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P-s film facestocks

FLEXcon (Spencer, MA) and Valéron Strength Films (Houston, TX) have introduced Valeron/ PS(TM) film face-stocks for p-s applications. They're suited for steel marking, drum labels and other applications that require printability and high strength in harsh outdoor environments.
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AquaPenn's 8-oz PET breaks the size barrier

AquaPenn Spring Water Co. has what it believes is the smallest polyethylene terephthalate bottle for a nonalcoholic beverage in the country. Holding just 8 oz of spring water, the Quick Quench bottle was launched in mid-January, targeted primarily at foodservice institutions.
In measuring impregnated film samples for antioxidant migration, vitamin E (known as ATP, incorporated into Film I) remained in
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Not just for breakfast anymore

Films created with additive vitamin E offer protection at least equal to that of BHT-impregnated films, according to a Michigan State University study.
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High-slip film and sheet

PETG 31 is a new high-slip polyester film and sheet from Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonville, VA) with an internal denesting additive that provides easy, silicone-free removal from molds and separation of thermoformed parts.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Kollmorgen Instruments Corp.'s (Waltham, MA) Macbeth Div. merged with the Gretag Color Control Systems Div. of Gretag AG (Regensdorf, Switzerland).
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.

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