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Monoblock machinery

M&O Perry Industries (Corona, CA) has introduced new Monobloc® Series Machinery that can be custom designed to orient, fill, close and heat-seal a wide variety of uniquely shaped medical or biotech packages.
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FDA ponders first food-specific health claim

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is on the verge of allowing the first food-specific health claim to be made on packaging. In early January, FDA announced it was considering allowing use of the following model language: "Diets high in oatmeal or oat bran and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." Previously, only broad claims about general nutrients were allowed.
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Does purchasing drive partnerships?

The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
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Wrapping film

Mobil Chemical's (Pittsford, NY) new four-color brochure allows readers to experience the tactile qualities of Hicor® OHD film, while describing the characteristics that make the film unique.
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Miller's new beer joins 'family'

Miller Brewing, Milwaukee, WI, introduced its new Miller premium beer this month in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, with nationwide sales scheduled for March.
The bottom stringers for the Saturn engine pallet are slightly offset so that they  conform to standard forklift fork-spacing di
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Engine packs keep Saturn innovative

Engine pallets of recycled newsprint replace more costly wooden cradles for Saturn's replacement motors. Reuse adds to the benefits.
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Zipper tape

Perf Cap(TM) zipper tape from Minigrip/Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) is designed for individually quick-frozen poultry, seafood and vegetables. It allows resealable packages to be made from PE and structured films on vf/f/s machines.
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TE design relies on perfs, not force

When medical device maker Boeringer Mannheim chose to use a thermoformed clamshell to show off its second-generation Soft Touch II lancet blood sampling device, the Indianapolis-based company wanted the package to be easy to open.
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Polyolefin shrink film

A new polyolefin shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC) is designed specifically for hard-to-wrap soft items packaged in chipboard trays. D-940 reduces haze, adds sparkle and eliminates folds known as dog ears, fish eyes and crow's feet.
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Reusable liquid shipper

Remcon Plastics (Reading, PA) has introduced a reusable liquid shipping container made of PE. The Tank-On-Pallet is suited for both aseptic and non-aseptic applications where liquids, purees, or dairy products in quantities of 200 gal or more are required.
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Ohio bans Bad Frog beer

The old refrain, "there's no such thing as bad publicity," is proving true at Bad Frog Brewery Co., Rose City, MI. In October, the company successfully launched its Bad Frog premium beer within its home state.
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Automatic tablet feeder

An automatic tablet feed elevator from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) is ergonomically designed to eliminate potential workplace accidents during manual filling of tablets into a hopper by replacing a high, out-of-reach hopper with a low-level bulk hopper.
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Roll-on shrink film

The Label-Lyte® Roll On Shrink On (ROSO) product line of OPP films from Mobil Chemical, Films Div. (Pittsford, NY), is designed to combine bright, high-gloss appearance with just-in-time efficiency.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) completed the acquisition of AlliedSignal Inc.'s (Morristown, NJ) interest in the HDPE business of Paxon Polymer Co., L.P.
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Case sealer

3M Masking and Packaging Systems Div. (St. Paul, MN) has developed a large-sized case sealer specifically for the large appliance and furniture industries.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Marsh Co. (Belleville, IL): Wes Williamson, meat and poultry industry specialist.
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Recycled paper drives automotive packs

This application for Saturn is just one of the latest in many automotive applications for Homasote's recycled Pak-Line products. Even before recyclable packaging became an industry objective, many auto makers selected Pak-Line for custom reusable containers.
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LPK makes packaging predictions

Package design firm Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) has probed its crystal ball to make public its "Packaging Predictions for 1996." "As baby boomers age, items we used to hide, like adult incontinence products, laxatives and dental adhesives, will be out in the open and packaging will be bolder to reflect this new, open attitude driven by the Woodstock generation turning 50," says Jerry Kathman, vp of client services.

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