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Pharmaceutical bag

The Isotech(TM) bag from Tolas Health Care Packaging (Feasterville, PA) allows manufacturers to sterilize and ship large quantities of parenteral packaging components in one package.
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Controls Product Brief
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Roll-fed labeler

Sasib Food and Beverage North America (Charleston, SC) has developed a high-speed, roll-fed labeling machine capable of handling a variety of flexible or rigid containers at speeds to 1걄/min.
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.
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.
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam (sidebar)

Licking a condensation problem
Materials Product Brief
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Stainless steel dumper

Material Transfer & Storage (Allegan, MI) has introduced a hydraulically operated stainless steel drum dumper. It's designed to lift drums of powder or dry material and then rotate and pour drum contents into filling, food processing or other equipment.
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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.
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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The king of cups (sidebar)

Trademarked cups
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Macbeth Div. of Kollmorgen Instruments Corp. (Waltham, MA) and Gretag Color Control Systems Div. of Gretag AG (Regensdorf, Switzerland) announced plans for a merger.
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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®.
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.
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Promo employs unusual clamshell

"The pitcher was initially developed for an on-premise bar-kit promotion. Only later, after the pitcher was designed, did we decide to do an off-premise promo with it." That's how Karen Kurylo, packaging manager at Southfield, MI-based Hiram Walker & Sons, describes the origins of an unusual clamshell package used for 750-mL bottles of Kahlua liqueur.
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Plastics under seige in Massachusetts

A plastics recycling bill has been introduced in the Massachusetts state Senate that would, if passed, doom the sale of most plastic packaging. The bill bans plastic packaging for consumer products unless at least 80% of Massachusetts residents have access to plastics recycling facilities by December 31, 2000.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Fisher Container Corp. (Evanston, IL).
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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.

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