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Fiber drum liner

A new smooth-walled LDPE liner is manufactured specifically for use with 55-gal open-head fiber drums with a 21.5" dia. It's extrusion blown, FDA-approved LDPE with an average wall thickness of 15 mils.
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Revamped lines and switch to bags trigger savings
J.R. Simplot?s Martin Greenbank (below left) and distributor representative Bob Scott make an adjustment to the checkweigher con
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Checkweighers improve accuracy by 75% on cases containing bagged frozen french fries for foodservice.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Vegatronic is Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) new automatic vf/f/s system that permits quick changeover from standard pillow-style to zipper packs. Handle adjustments, rather than tools, allow 90° rotation of jaws.
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Conveying a premium image for Sunkist

Private label orange juice producer Lykes-Pasco, based in Dade City, FL, hopes that by licensing the Sunkist brand name and using it prominently on its package, it can be successful with a new premium-branded orange juice.
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FDA proposes OTC drug label overhaul

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new easy-to-understand label for the nearly 100ꯠ brand-name and private-label OTC drugs it regulates.
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Cosmetics packaging catalog

The Cosmetic Packaging Group, a division of the O. Berk Co. (Union, NJ), released its 1997 Catalog of Products and Services. The catalog features color photos of glass and plastic containers and a wide variety of caps, closures, pumps and sprayers.
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Life-cycle analysis gains political cachet

The President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD), having received a new lease on life, will be pushing ahead with its efforts to proselytize on behalf of "Extended Product Responsibility (EPR)," a concept that has numerous implications for users of packaging.
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Labeling updates

Following is a brief wrap-up of recent labeling-related news: * FDA has established January 1, 2000, as the single effective date for required label changes issued during 1997.
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Compact cartoner

The Series 460 compact cartoning machine from Scandia Packaging Machinery (Clifton, NJ) uses the Rapid Adjustment Package (RAP) for rapid changeovers of carton sizes.
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Jugos debuts juice in 2-L cartons in Mexico

The first 2-L aseptic carton for juices and drinks in Mexico has been introduced by Jugos del Valle, S.A. de C.V., Mexico City. The Pour 'n Seal® carton produced by Combibloc Inc.
When designing graphics for boxes, packaging engineers at Hewlett-Packard?s 92 worldwide manufacturing plants can download origi
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Hewlett-Packard widens its packaging net

HP uses a mix of Internet and intranet technology to communicate with suppliers and distribute packaging information to HP packaging people worldwide.
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Square bottle

The Square Packer bottle from Smith Container (Forest Park, GA) is a 1-oz HDPE square bottle. The bottle has a 24/400 finish modified with "E" and "H" dimensions to accommodate CR closures.
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Homemade look for wine package

Montevina Winery's new Cucina Mista wine has a label that is especially refreshing for its simple rustic appeal. Italian for "kitchen mix," the wine is a blend of 20 different red table wines produced by this St.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Quantum Chemical Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) began commercial production of Petrothene® LLDPE at its plant in La Porte, TX.
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Machine technology that slashes changeover

In this second report from our survey of changeover trends, readers describe how new equipment technology like control programming and tool-free adjustments helps them attack downtime.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) will increase its LLDPE capacity by 245ꯠ tons/yr at its Mont Belvieu, TX, plastics plant by mid-1998.
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Beaulieu tries starch-based cushioning

A 97-year-old Napa Valley winery is embracing today's latest environmentally-sound technology to protect wine bottles it ships in pairs across the country via small-parcel carriers as part of its wine society program.

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