Applications

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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Thermal transfer ribbon

Sony Chemicals (Mt. Pleasant, PA) has launched TR5050, a thermal transfer ribbon that combines the benefits of general purpose wax ribbons with the high-performance of mid-range ribbons.
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Desiccant strips

Desiccare (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has introduced its continuous-strip desiccant product for use on automated dispensing equipment at speeds of 240 packs/ min.
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Automotive containers

Plastic Bottle (Libertyville, IL) has introduced a new family of containers suited for automotive additive products. HDPE Cone Top Rounds are available in 250 mL and 12-oz sizes as well as a 32-oz/1-L size that can be used in international markets.
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Films for form/fill/seal

Cryovac® FS 7000 Series is a new family of high-performance, multi-layer coextruded barrier films from Cryovac North America (Duncan, SC) designed for vertical form/ fill/seal applications where extended shelf life is necessary.
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Graphics, coex make for noteworthy tube

Colgate-Palmolive Canada is counting on graphics representing a trio of Looney Tunes characters from Space Jam to spark sales of its Colgate Junior brand toothpaste.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Manual dumping station

Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) has developed a Manual Dumping Station configured for direct connection to flexible screw conveyors. It collects dust created during manual dumping of powder and bulk solid materials from bags, boxes, drums and other containers.
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Form/fill/seal machine

The Laudenberg FBM-20 is a horizontal form/fill/seal machine available from Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL). It was designed in response to the demand for larger, resealable, stand-up pouches with zippers.
Pressing arrow keys on the touchscreen display (above) trains the camera to focus in on the date/lot code. One touchscreen disp
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Easy PC controlfor machine vision

Upsher-Smith Laboratories uses off-the-shelf PC hardware for an all-in-one video capture/bar-code scanning inspection system to satisfy FDA labeling regs while keeping false rejects low.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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Aluminum bottles

A new line of aluminum bottles has been developed for the pharmaceutical industry by O. Berk (Union, NJ). Applications include antibiotics, bulk concentrated vitamins and ether, as well as essential oils and other health and beauty-related products.
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Header labels applied automatically

Three years in the making, a machine that automatically applies header labels to pouches produced on vertical form/fill/seal machines is ready for the packaging marketplace.
At its new Wautoma, WI, plant, Atrium?s automatic line relies heavily on a new dual tablet/capsule counter/filler (above) and in
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Atrium earns an 'A' for bottle sealing

Induction sealing was so effective at three other plants that food supplement maker Atrium added a fourth machine at its new plant in Wautoma, WI. A fifth machine is expected shortly.
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Winding adhesives

Two new resin emulsion adhesives have been specifically formulated by National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) to provide versatile adhesion, greater yield and simplified clean-up in tube, core and composite can production.
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Retailers' influence strengthens over packaging

ECR, pre-built displays and J-I-T delivery are just three reasons why many retailers are now calling the shots on both primary and secondary packaging. Three of the largest manufacturers help converters understand how they respond.
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Skimming fat, not nutrients

FDA has issued new rules on milk labeling designed to eliminate consumer confusion about the fat content of milk and milk products. Until now, milk was not held to the same nutrition labeling standards as other products on the use of terms like "low fat." As a result, many consumers believed skim milk contained fewer nutrients than other types, and that 2% milk was low fat.
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Injectable ampule seal

American Label (E. Hanover, NJ) has introduced a patented p-s TE seal specifically designed for application on the cap of an injectable ampule. The S"ate Closure(TM) replaces conventional seals, often made of metal, which can cause torn gloves and cut fingers.

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