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For small runs of 500 bottles or fewer, a smaller vibratory counter is used since it provides fast, five-min changeover. It?s a
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Glaxo Wellcome counts its savings

An electronic tablet counter/filler for clinical trial drugs provides 15-min changeover, regardless of tablet size or shape.
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Horizontal form/fill/seal machine

The Hayssen/Bossar Model B-3700-3A horizontal form/fill/seal machine from Hayssen (Duncan, SC) is specifically designed for packaging retail portions of shredded cheese.
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Casual tamperers tempted no more

An unlikely "marketer"--the State of Maryland--has taken steps to discourage casual tampering of crab meat packed in containers with snap-on lids. Seems that even the best-behaved supermarket shopper will occasionally sneek a peek, whiff or even a bite of that luscious but expensive fresh crab meat.
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Packagers gain price cuts for recycled materials

Buyers of recycled plastics are seeing easing of prices, except for HDPE. Recycled paper prices have precipitously dropped as European economies stagnate.
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Volumetric pump

The T-94 5-gal double acting pump from Thiele Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) is one of the first specifically designed to fill 5-gal and 3-gal pails of paint or similar product in a single cycle.
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Pressure-sensitive adhesives

Reichhold (Research Triangle Park, NC) has released a new full-color brochure focusing on the company's commitment to the p-s adhesives market. The brochure highlights advancements in custom polymer development, its full product line in the p-s market including both hot melt and aqueous adhesives, and latest developments in on-site testing.
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Resins OK'd for fatty food packaging

In June the Food and Drug Administration approved Exxon Chemical's (Houston, TX) Oppera® modified polypropylene film resins for use in direct contact with fatty foods such as salty snacks, processed meats and cheeses, and confectionery items.
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Trans-fat label flap

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, DC-based consumer group, believes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should require food nutrition labels on packages to list the amount of trans-fat as well as saturated fat.
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Film resins for food

Exxon Chemical (Houston, TX) announced that its new modified PP film resins have been approved for use in direct contact with fatty food. Previously known as HP3, OPPERA® resins are for use in oriented, cast and shrink film monolayer and multilayer constructions.
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Recycled HDPE pellets

Recycle (S. Plainfield, NJ) has developed a system which can turn HDPE chips accumulated from destroyed drums into clean, high-quality recycled resin pellets.
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Films for teas, coffee

Wolff Walsrode (Walsrode, Germany) provides multilayer films for packaging coffee, tea or instant products. For vacuum packing of ground coffee, Walopeel L products have an easy-peel sealing layer with a constant seal strength through a broad range of temperatures.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Key Technology (Walla Walla, WA) acquired a machine vision pharmaceutical inspection product line from Oncoor, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD).
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Label software

Avery Dennison, Soabar Products (Philadelphia, PA) has introduced AveryWare Windows, a new Windows®-based chemical labeling software program with network compatibility and a built-in chemical database.
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Barrier shrink films

Cryovac®'s (Duncan, SC) new barrier shrink films help maintain the quality of moisture-sensitive products in a thin, clear package with market appeal.
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FDA proposes dating for condom packs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that manufacturers put expiration dates on packages of condoms. U.S.-made products typically carry "when manufactured" dates, but they are not required by federal law.
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Thermoformed containers

Clamshells and two-piece packaging can be custom-thermoformed by Capco Plastics (El Paso, TX). Made of either PVC or Eastar(TM) PETG copolyester from Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN), they can be produced in thicknesses from 7.5 to 40 mil, in sizes beginning at 2" sq.
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HDPE films

Process modifications have improved the tear performance of Monax® Plus oriented HDPE films produced by Tredegar Industries (Richmond, VA). Traditional paper/poly/foil/poly pouches, product overwraps and stand-up pouches are examples of packaging that can benefit from these improved films.
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Break/peel/push blister security

A unique break/peel/push blister pack devised by Chicago-based G.D. Searle provides a heightened degree of child-resistance for its Covera-HS prescription medication, launched in June.

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