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Bottle shape builds brand

Bottled water producer Avalon Beverage Company, Glen Allen, VA, is attempting to differentiate its imported spring water by switching from a stock to a custom proprietary PET bottle.
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The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Palletizer/horizontal case packer

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) will show the new Eagle 50 Robotic Palletizer, manufactured by Italy's Gruppo Elettric 80, fully integrated with the Schneider high-speed, servo-driven, horizontal case packer.
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Making the carton count

Feminine protection products have changed little since the 1930s. So when New York-based Ultrafem introduced Instead®, a feminine protection product radically different than tampons or pads, designing the right package was crucial.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
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Tubing and bags

Kennedy Nylon Films (Tamaqua, PA) has introduced Kenylon heat-stabilized polyamide lay-flat tubing and bottom-sealed bags for autoclave sterilization and clean room packaging.
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Milk gets 'in your face'

Cow-spotted milk cartons invaded the province of Ontario for an eight-week period beginning Sept. 30 as the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Canada, launched a special promotion to boost milk sales.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
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Combination labeler

Krones (Franklin, WI) will premiere its Multimatic combination labeler at Pack Expo. Its labeling stations operate at speeds to 1겨 containers/min.
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Food is pasteurized by ultra-high pressure

When it comes to pasteurizing and preserving foods, few methods are as tried and true as thermal processing. But now Avomex, Inc., is selling fresh avocado pulp, in a clear barrier pouch, that has a 30-day refrigerated shelf life thanks to a whole new processing technology: ultra-high pressure.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
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Cellular CPET

Shell Chemical (Houston, TX) has announced an advance in cellular CPET. Petlite(TM) II is a new resin that can be thermoformed into containers made to withstand the high-temperature baking conditions of CPET, with the potential for source reduction and cost savings.
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Supplier news: Achievements

CCL Pharmaceuticals (Rosemont, IL) for its three UK facilities; Angelus Sanitary Can Machine Co. (Los Angeles, CA).
Many lines of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products come in packs distinguished through the use of colors, for easy label mat
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FDA rule on cut labels for drugs could draw blood

Agency may require automated verification of labels for both unit packages and shelf packs. Visual verification by color will be eliminated.
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HDPE pallets

PDQ Plastics (Bayonne, NJ) offers a variety of heavy-duty pallets made of HDPE. The Super D pallet measures 40" x 48". It's FDA-approved and suited for freezing or steam-cleaning operations.
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Environmentally-minded packaging

For Paquimé Trading Co., developing an environmental theme for new PaquiméSM fragrance for men and women entailed more than just the use of kraft paper.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

What Nestlé wants in a development engineer
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Bag inserter

Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced the Series 1580 Large Drum Poly Bag Inserter. It's designed to select a gusseted PE bag from a roll, insert it into a fiber or steel drum, and cuff it over the top of the drum.

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