Applications

In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Blister-pack thermoform/fill/seal system

The Ministar-VAL from Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) is a pneu-matically driven thermoform/fill/seal system designed for pharmaceutical applications. It can produce PVC/aluminum or ampule blister packs at speeds to 40 cycles/min.
An operator examines operating performance on the touchscreen display of Interbrew?s new bottle-stacking multipacker
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Multipacks double the ante for bottles

A European brewer is first to offer two-layer multipacks for glass bottles. The tall 24- and 30-packs present more graphic billboard area and permit easier handling for consumers.
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Automotive containers

Plastic Bottle (Libertyville, IL) has introduced a new family of containers suited for automotive additive products. HDPE Cone Top Rounds are available in 250 mL and 12-oz sizes as well as a 32-oz/1-L size that can be used in international markets.
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Packagers challenged on logistics engineering

As a packaging professional, where do you go with Efficient Consumer Response?
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Retailers' influence strengthens over packaging

ECR, pre-built displays and J-I-T delivery are just three reasons why many retailers are now calling the shots on both primary and secondary packaging. Three of the largest manufacturers help converters understand how they respond.
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Foam-in-place system

Instapak® 900 from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) is an electric foam-in-place packaging system with metering pumps that measure and control precise amounts of chemical mixtures and dispense them in proper ratios.
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Patent infringement suit judgment expected soon

As Packaging World goes to press, a U.S. Federal District Court judge in Chicago had yet to make a final decision concerning the dollar amount awarded to Viskase (Bedford Park, IL).
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Injectable ampule seal

American Label (E. Hanover, NJ) has introduced a patented p-s TE seal specifically designed for application on the cap of an injectable ampule. The S"ate Closure(TM) replaces conventional seals, often made of metal, which can cause torn gloves and cut fingers.
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Trial blister packaging system

The Trialpack 600 from Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL) is designed for fully automated clinical trial packaging. Its machine vision system makes it suited for randomized and blinded clinical trials.
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Controlled dosing gel pack

A custom package for Colgate-Palmolive's Mennen Speed Stick® Gel anti-perspirant/deodorant allows users to control precisely how much gel is dispensed from the package.
At its new Wautoma, WI, plant, Atrium?s automatic line relies heavily on a new dual tablet/capsule counter/filler (above) and in
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Atrium earns an 'A' for bottle sealing

Induction sealing was so effective at three other plants that food supplement maker Atrium added a fourth machine at its new plant in Wautoma, WI. A fifth machine is expected shortly.
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Winding adhesives

Two new resin emulsion adhesives have been specifically formulated by National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) to provide versatile adhesion, greater yield and simplified clean-up in tube, core and composite can production.
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Pack size increases usage-to a point

Brand managers at packaged goods companies have always kept a sharp eye on how packaging influences the way consumers choose one brand over another. But what about how consumers use brands once they've chosen them?
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Aluminum bottles

A new line of aluminum bottles has been developed for the pharmaceutical industry by O. Berk (Union, NJ). Applications include antibiotics, bulk concentrated vitamins and ether, as well as essential oils and other health and beauty-related products.
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No-fluff package

O'Tec, Inc., one of the few producers of bagged cotton candy for the retail market, attributes much of its success to the high-barrier flexible bag it uses to protect the spun sugar from moisture.
Pressing arrow keys on the touchscreen display (above) trains the camera to focus in on the date/lot code. One touchscreen disp
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Easy PC controlfor machine vision

Upsher-Smith Laboratories uses off-the-shelf PC hardware for an all-in-one video capture/bar-code scanning inspection system to satisfy FDA labeling regs while keeping false rejects low.
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Coke surges ahead with new soft drink

Surge, Coca-Cola USA's "fully loaded citrus soda," hits store shelves across the country this month in both cans and bottles. The 12-oz cans use an EZO wide-mouth end for easy drinkability.

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