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As many as six upstream packaging lines can feed into the rotary tower stretch wrapping machine. Electrical heating strips on al
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A well 'thawed-out' solution

J&J Snacks needed to automate pallet wrapping in its freezer warehouse. But only a specially insulated wrapper could function at temperatures as low as
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Tube filler/sealer

DT Kalish's (Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada) Kx 1100 tube filler and sealer uses quick-release handles for quick changeovers. Designed for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications, it reaches speeds to 110 metal tubes/min when crimping, or 92/min, when plastic laminated tubes are being hot-air sealed.
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Dietary supplements

By the end of April, FDA must set a "reasonable deadline" for publishing a final rule on proposed health claims for dietary supplement labels, ruled a U.S.
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The Web: still searching for relevancy

For many packaging professionals, today's Internet experience is both irritating and irrelevant. In our view, that's because packagers have been deluded into wasting time searching for data that's not there rather than focusing on finding what is likely to be "enWebbed." Packagers who log on to the Web to find a piece of market data, for instance, "how much aluminum foil was sold in the U.S.
In measuring impregnated film samples for antioxidant migration, vitamin E (known as ATP, incorporated into Film I) remained in
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Not just for breakfast anymore

Films created with additive vitamin E offer protection at least equal to that of BHT-impregnated films, according to a Michigan State University study.
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More mandates?

A downturn in plastics recycling markets could signal trouble for packagers. Some companies have stopped buying recycled plastics, inhibiting an already underdeveloped plastics recycling infrastructure.
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Bristol-Myers recalls birth control packages

In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
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Returnable hot melt totes

National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) now offers its hot melt adhesives in returnable totes to simplify material handling operations and reduce waste.
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Designers pick top ten

What will be hot in '97?
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Final score for '96: Productivity gains 41, productivity losses 6

Of 516 responses to the 1997 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator Survey, more than four in ten (41%) report productivity improvements in 1996, compared to just 6% who say their companies experienced losses in productivity.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Sharp Ivers-Lee (Conshohocken, PA) developed the BuSpar® 15mg Patient Starter Kit for Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York, NY, which received the Pharmaceutical Package of the Year Award and the Overall Package of the Year Award for 1996 from the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club, Clifton, NJ.
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UV-curable topcoat

Originally developed to protect bar coding on circuit boards, 1071S is a UV-curable protective topcoat from Craig Adhesives and Coatings (Newark, NJ).
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O'Doul's calls phone card label a success

A Christmas holiday promotion involving a special telephone card "label" affixed to the inside of 12-packs of O'Doul's non-alcoholic beer has been called a success by Anheuser-Busch.
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Graphics suit Santa's Best coffee bag

In a two-month period ending in mid-January, Seattle's Best Coffee produced about 100ꯠ units of Santa's Best Blend(TM) 8-oz whole bean coffee.
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No uniformity in changeover demands (sidebar)

Meet the modifiers
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

National Starch and Chemical Co. (Bridgewater, NJ): Traci Jensen, mktg. mgr., food and consumer packaging.
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No uniformity in changeover demands

Almost any way you measure packaging line changeover, the answers from Packaging World readers vary widely. The major agreement is that more changes are being demanded-and less time is available for doing them. However, the strategies for hastening change

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