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PEN cap liner

A cap lining material that includes polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) is believed to be the first cap liner to use Kaladex(TM) film from ICI Polyester. The liner is available from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) and is suitable for PET bottles and PEN polymer bottles.
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Poultry law hit

For decades the beef industry has complained that USDA regulations give poultry a competitive edge, since current regulations allow poultry to take in as much as 8% water during the chilling process without any mention of additional water on the label.
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Kodak develops speedier labeling

Completing generic preprinted labels with laser-printed variable information allows Kodak to ship orders within 24 hours while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for its small-batch printing needs.
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Plastic to outpace other materials

In the beverage industry, plastic will lead the growth of other materials at least through the year 2001, predicts a new study from industrial market research firm Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH).
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General Mills' cartons go 'Jurassic'

Coinciding with the release of the popular movie "The Lost World: Jurassic Park(TM)", Minneapolis-based General Mills introduced Jurassic Park Crunch cereal in an 111/4-oz carton and a 301/2-oz twin-pack size.
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Thermal-transfer printer

Designed as a replacement for conventional hot stamp and hot ink coders on most vf/f/s, cartoning and intermittent-motion machines, the EasyPrint CD is a compact programmable thermal-transfer printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ).
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Medical device labeling update

FDA's Office of Device Evaluation is holding a public meeting in September to discuss medical device labeling and the agency's proposed labeling information summaries (tentatively called "essential prescribing information" [EPI]).
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
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Plastics packaging for milk reduces waste

Despite a 22% increase in milk consumption within the province of Ontario between 1968 and 1995, the amount of solid waste from milk packaging is down 20%.
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Engineers paid well to handle changes (sidebar)

Do companies increasingly push individuals' limits?
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Tube filler

The new TFS 10 is a low- to mid-volume tube filler from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) designed to meet the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and other small-run pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturers.
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Ingredient labeling for sausage casings

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a proposed rule that would require the ingredient labeling of natural or collagen casings used in sausages, hot dogs and other meat products when they are derived from a species that is different from that of the encased product.
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Printing on corrugated

Signet's (Costa Mesa, CA) XLS flexo printing press can print on knocked-down corrugated cases, trays and flat sheets at speeds to 120/min. A ceramic anilox roll, improved doctor blade metering system, and a new inking system are said to produce higher-quality printing than previous models.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Emson Inc. (Bridgeport, CT) was named Supplier of the Year by Mary Kay Cosmetics (Dallas, TX).
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Clean, clinical cosmetics

While some cosmetics companies are moving away from a sterile, medicinal look, CAC North America has gone the opposite route with its new A'Cino(TM) skin care line.
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Syringe filler

Adtech's (Hatboro, PA) non-particulate generating, servo-controlled, volumetric rolling-diaphragm filling system handles tubular or flange barrel syringes, either loose or in Hypak tubs.
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
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Cosmetics labeling at issue in FDA reform

After months of painstaking bipartisan negotiations, legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration is poised for consideration in both the House and Senate.

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