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Vibration trending

Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) has introduced a new, two-wire, loop-powered vibration transmitter for measuring vibration on plant machinery including pumps, fans, blowers, motors and mixers.
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Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
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Solid change for pet food

The rapid expansion of pet store chains and specialty pet food products is ample evidence that pet food is a growing category. What's yet to grow is pet food packaging, though Solid Gold Holistic Animal Healthcare may be in the process of changing that.
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The food industry got half a loaf when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act last year. The act required the Food & Drug Administration to establish national uniform tolerance standards for pesticides as a residual additive in processed foods.
Controls Product Brief
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Print/apply labeler for adjacent case sides

Engineered to provide adjacent-side labeling on cases, Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) now offers the Label-Aire® wraparound print/apply labeling system with both cornerwrap and side-panel labeling capabilities.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Spartanburg Stainless Products Inc. (Spartanburg, SC) has signed an agreement to purchase beer and small chemical keg manufacturing equipment from Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA).
Materials Product Brief
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Window jars

Topline Products (Wayne, NJ) has designed a line of window jars made of SAN for pressed powder, eye shadow, blush, creme, lip gloss, and other cosmetics and personal care products.
In this illustration, consumers rate how specific environmentally related packaging changes could influence their purchasing dec
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COPE takes environmental pulse

In one of its final tasks before disbanding at the end of 1996, the Council on Packaging in the Environment (COPE) released a Retrospective entitled "Taking the Environmental Pulse of the Consumer: A 4-Year Look." The COPE-funded study, conducted by the Environmental Research Associates (ERA), surveyed consumer opinions between 1993 and '96.
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Applications news

Delaware-based Greif Bros. will expand its blow-molded industrial plastic container business from 55-gal drums to 275-gal intermediate bulk containers. By the third quarter of this year, it will take delivery on a blow molding machine made by Rikutec in Alternkirchen, Germany.
Materials Product Brief
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Plastic tubes

The newest generation of Teledyne Packaging's (Chester, PA) all-plastic laminate collapsible tubes are highlighted in a four-page four-color brochure.
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Clearly redefined

When Clearly Canadian was introduced ten years ago, it stood apart from mainstream soft drinks on store shelves. Says Jonathon Cronin, vice president of marketing at Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp.: "When we first launched the brand, the slight blue tint to the glass bottles and the ACL decorating were almost revolutionary." Ten years later, shelves are flooded with eye-catching products, and the pioneering beverage company decided that its core brand needed a boost.
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Plastics' broken loop

Recycled-content legislation has receded, environmentalists have been quiet and virgin PET is plentiful and cheap. Packagers are divided on whether to continue their commitments to use post-consumer resin in the U.S. market.
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Gardeners get a friendlier fertilizer pack

"Now it's just shake and go." That's how Greg Moore of Agway, Inc., describes how much easier it is for home gardeners to dispense Agway's eight specialty fertilizers since the Syracuse, NY, firm switched from a bag-in-box approach to a rigid container with dispensing closure.
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Survey: training gap for packaging automation

PMMI's latest research reveals that packagers, awash in a sea of high-tech machinery controls, could benefit from more training and better manuals.
Materials Product Brief
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HDPE open-head drum

Sonoco's (Hartsville, SC) new 55-gal open-head HDPE drum is designed for overseas shipments of liquid and solid food products, including citrus juices.
Tom Connelly (above) stands on a catwalk over the discharge station of the #10 press as four-color process-printed watermelon bi
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Chairman of the printed board

Connelly Containers has what it believes is the largest flexo/folder/gluer/stitcher in the world. Four-color process printing can be done directly on triple-wall corrugated board.
Materials Product Brief
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Plastic bottle

Clear and lightweight, a 16-oz PET container for single-serve milk products is now available from QDC Plastic Container (Lansing, MI). The resealable bottle is available with Portola Packaging's (San Jose, CA) 38-mm NEPCO Clement snap-on neck closure.
Materials Product Brief
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Anti-static film

Sealed Air Corp. (Danbury, CT) has introduced anti-static film for its Korrvu® retention packaging. The clear film is designed to protect products sensitive to electro-static discharge from shock, vibration, impact and surface damage during shipment.

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