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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.
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Aseptic carton with screw cap juices sales

Dublin, Ireland-based Batchelors Ltd.'s share of the overall juice market in Ireland has risen approximately 10 percentage points since last October.
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Expopak lures a burgeoning market in Mexico

The market in Mexico for packaging is once again on the increase. So says Jorge Izquierdo, director of the Latin American office of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
This map shows the counties that are considered Clean Air Act non-attainment areas as of Feb. ?97. The color guide illustrates t
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Return of the 'domino theory'

Even small increases in upstream investments to manage new ozone and VOC rules could aggregate into weighty packaging cost increases.
Controls Product Brief
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Visual inspection system

The Cintex (Kenosha, WI) CPI visual inspection system provides real-time data as it inspects up to 200 plastic, paperboard, or single-sided foil packs/ min.
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Bottles and fitments

Stlzle-Oberglas (Scotch Plains, NJ) offers a complete line of new dropper-type bottles and dispensing fitments. The cylindrical bottles are made in stock sizes from 5 mL to 100 mL and are supplied with closures and dropper assemblies that fit the containers' standard 18-mm neck finishes.
Mebane Packaging Group?s new eight-station ultraviolet flexo press (above right) produces near-offset quality reproduction for a
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UV flexo technology provides economic relief

Narrow-web UV flexo press allows folding carton converter Mebane Packaging to reduce costs, while it increases flexibility for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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HDPE resin

Bottles made from Petrothene® LS 9020-46 HDPE resin from Millennium Petrochemicals Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) are said to have about three times the gloss and better crack resistance compared to bottles made with standard HDPE.
The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
Cups are denested and sent into the packaging line by two rotary cup feeders, each of which holds 20 stacks of 50 nested cups.
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The king of cups

Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
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The king of cups (sidebar)

Servo-driven accuracy for spices
Controls Product Brief
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Capper brochure

The Capamatic® chuck-style cappers are the focus of a brochure from National Instrument (Baltimore, MD). The brochure discusses single- and dual-head chuck-type cappers and rotary cappers.
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Sara Lee launches MAP-packed Bragels

Modified atmosphere packaging that gives filled bagels a seven-day non-refrigerated shelf life may provide another reason why nobody doesn't like Chicago-based Sara Lee®.
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FDA Web updates

The Food and Drug Administration is making it easier to keep track of labeling changes for drugs by listing these changes on its MedWatch web site: http://www.
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Labeling settlement

Honey Baked Hams, Inc. of Irvine, CA, agreed to change its package labeling as part of a negotiated settlement of a civil suit arising from a complaint by the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health.
Materials Product Brief
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Bottles and fitments

Stlzle-Oberglas (Scotch Plains, NJ) offers a complete line of new dropper-type bottles and dispensing fitments. The cylindrical bottles are made in stock sizes from 5 mL to 100 mL and are supplied with closures and dropper assemblies that fit the containers' standard 18-mm neck finishes.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Fisher Container Corp. (Evanston, IL).
An operator applies an updated price code to a package by sending it past an ink-jet coder.
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What price flexibility?

Mexican pharmaceuticals maker Byk Gulden relies on ink-jet coding to react faster when economic conditions require price changes to already-marked packages.

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