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Fieldbus interface

The Profibus process fieldbus interface card from Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) is designed for the company's HI 2160RC loss-in-weight rate controller.
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Materials Product Brief
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Masterbatch for films and trays

Adding ProFresh masterbatch from E-I-A Warenhandels (Vienna, Austria) to PE film and PS or PE trays can delay unwanted deterioration of meats, produce and flowers.
An operator creates a manifest using the MaxLoad database screen (above). The pattern view screen offers a detailed diagram of
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Shipping the 'Comfort'-able way

Bedding systems manufacturer Select Comfort cuts inventory and costs by implementing load optimization software. Now, available load space, not just retailer demand, determines how orders are filled.
Materials Product Brief
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Steel drum

Trilla Steel Drum (Chicago, IL) now manufactures a 55-gal steel drum with a reduced diameter, designed to fit more drums more compactly into ISO containers.
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Spouted cartons extend milk's shelf life

Alta Dena® Certified Dairy is one of the first U.S. dairies to use SPOUT-PAK® spouted paperboard gabletop cartons from International Paper (Memphis, TN).
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Balluff, Inc. (Florence, KY): James C. Birkmeyer, sales and mktg. mgr.; David R. Bird, sensor product sales mgr.; Robert W.
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Pepsi pioneers sleeve label coupon

What do you get when you put a sleeve label over an already decorated can?
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Sonoco Industrial Container (Marietta, GA) opened a plastic drum manufacturing facility in Hazelton, PA.
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Campbell tests home delivery program

Last month in Ohio, Campbell Soup Co. began testing its Intelligent Quisine concept. The three-meals-per-day, 10-week program includes more than 40 items-from sirloin beef tips to French toast with sausage to peanut butter bars-that are shipped via UPS to consumers' homes.
The air pillows can be inflated with the box partially open, allowing the operator to visually verify that the contents are sec
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Don't crush that cup!

James River relies on air-filled pillow pouches to keep fragile paper cup and plate sales samples in pristine condition for presentations to major accounts.
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Bang the drum carefully (sidebar)

Use of regrind in plastic drums could lower prices
Supplier News
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PEF'S ANNUAL REPORT

The Packaging Education Forum has launched an "Annual Report on Packaging Education" to inform leading packaging companies about efforts to improve packaging's positive role in society through better education.
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Reclosable label puts Andy Capp's into party size

Whether the motivation was to sell through club stores or just to offer a larger pack, GoodMark Foods, Raleigh, NC, has begun to use reclosable labels in a big way.
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Strategies for bar code printer/applicators

"The biggest mistake made in the deployment of label printer/applicators is to treat the purchase and installation of the applicator as a stand-alone piece of equipment, similar to sourcing a tabletop printer." So writes Dan Gilmore of Forte Industries (Mason, OH), a systems integrator, in a white paper entitled, Integrated Bar Code Printer/ Applicator Systems, Keys to Successful System Implementation.
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Ulcer therapy pack touts ease of use

Introduced in December, Procter & Gamble's new Helidac(TM) ulcer eradication therapy is packaged in a 14-day cube-shaped "kit" designed to make the new three-drug prescription medication easy to take several times a day.
Materials Product Brief
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
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Bang the drum carefully

Open-headed fiber drums can't pass U.S. Dept. of Transportation drop tests. NAS recommendations could result in an exemption.

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