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Manual dumping station

Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) has developed a Manual Dumping Station configured for direct connection to flexible screw conveyors. It collects dust created during manual dumping of powder and bulk solid materials from bags, boxes, drums and other containers.
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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.
Materials Product Brief
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Films for form/fill/seal

Cryovac® FS 7000 Series is a new family of high-performance, multi-layer coextruded barrier films from Cryovac North America (Duncan, SC) designed for vertical form/ fill/seal applications where extended shelf life is necessary.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
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Can printing brings the rain forest to life

"No one has taken wet-on-wet printing this far." That's how Mary Ellen Reis, director of packaging at Mistic Brands, White Plains, NY, describes the award-winning five-color print job on her company's line of Rain Forest nectars.
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Only leaders need apply (sidebar)

A different view on the director of packaging
Materials Product Brief
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Thermal/transfer printer

Model 220XiII is one of the new models in Diagraph's (St. Louis, MO) new Zebra Performance Line XiII Series of thermal/thermal transfer printers.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Mead Corp. (Dayton, OH) will acquire a Rumford, ME, coated paper mill from Boise Cascade for approximately $650 million.
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Infant formula GMPs could be something to cry about

Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH) is now a subsidiary of newly formed Millennium Chemicals (Iselin, NJ), a holding company spun off of Hanson North America (Woodbridge, NJ).
Materials Product Brief
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Synthetic cork material

Cork stopper manufacturer Sabaté (Céret Cedex, France) has developed a new material called Altec, said to be superior to natural cork as a bottle closure because it has better elasticity and absorbs less liquid than conventional cork.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

U.S. Coexcell (Maumee, OH) opened a plastic drum warehouse in Auburndale, FL, to serve that state's citrus processors.
The sterile bath for the lidding material, shown here with the door open, is normally filled with a water solution that?s 35% H2
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Dairy makes markets abroad

German dairy starts up two aseptic thermoform/fill/seal lines that produce yogurt and pudding with a 130-day unrefrigerated shelf life.
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Biofoam: Snacks to loose fill

A major feature article in Inc. magazine could jump-start a small Phoenix, AZ, packaging supplier. The October issue of Inc. included a story on Biofoam, the company and product name for starch-based loose-fill.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 registration: CCL Pharmaceuticals (Rosemont, IL) for its three U.K. facilities; Vereinigte Kunststoffwerke GmbH (VKW) (Staufen, Germany), a PVC rigid film producer; Sonics & Materials (Danbury, CT).
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Microwavable pouch pushes sandwich fixin's

In October, Madison, WI-based Oscar Mayer, a division of Kraft Foods, began test marketing stand-up pouches for five varieties of its HotWiches(TM) Sandwich Makers in Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.

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