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Thermal-transfer ribbon

Sony Chemical (Mt. Pleasant, PA) has introduced a thermal-transfer ribbon designed specifically for printers with near-edge or corner-edge printheads.
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Supplier news: Achievements

European Union's CE Mark certification: Ryan Instruments (Redmond, WA) for its Ryon PRO, MX, UTI, RL100 and Universal K temperature recorders; Electro Cam Corp.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

ReedSpectrum (Holden, MA): George Meury, dir. of mktg; Laurie J. Warner, mktg. mgr.
Controls Product Brief
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Can closing monitor

Food Instrument (Federalsburg, MD) has introduced a new top-and-bottom can closure monitor. The ADR-50DD detects and ejects defects in cans resulting from misapplied closures, unacceptable vacuum, pressure, fill level or temperature, body, seam and/or end imperfections.
Full-height corrugated trays are used for six packs of PET gallons. It?s a packaging format that has been a huge success in club
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Tropicana tries shelf-stable OJ in PET

Hot-filled orange juice in 1-gal heat-set PET bottles have been selling at a brisk pace at club stores nationwide since Tropicana launched them about a year ago.
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Machines to fuel the future (sidebars)

Pack Expo 96 at a glance Pack Expo 96 will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Sunday, Nov. 17 through Wednesday Nov. 20. On Thursday, Nov.
Filled bags of pre-mix antibiotics (such as the one at left) convey to a manual inspection station (above) where production asso
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning

Automated set up, packing and labeling of cartons containing antibiotic I.V. bags saves Baxter Healthcare nearly $2 million/year in labor and material costs.
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New direction for Tradewinds

Four years and 14 flavors after its introduction, Tradewinds(TM) Tea and Juice is getting an "enhanced" look. Its producer, the Horizon Tea & Spice Co., div.
Within this chamber, two side-by-side cartons are labeled at each of their ends simultaneously to create a unit pack
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning (sidebar)

Labeling unitizes two cartons at Baxter Healthcare
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Dairy health claims

IDFA has asked FDA to reconsider the industry's petition to allow dairy-related health claims on food packaging. Specifically, it wants permission for claims associating adequate calcium intake with reduced hypertension risk.
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HCPC unveils seal of approval

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the availability of a new seal of approval that can be used to designate compliance-style pharmaceutical packaging.
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Dairyland tests Tetra's latest

In August, Dairyworld Foods of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, became the first in the world to commercialize a new pouch concept from Tetra Pak Canada (Aurora, Ontario, Canada).
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Thermoform saves time in surgery

Special thermoformed packaging for a medical device from Medex of Dublin, OH, is designed so that clinicians in a non-sterile environment can open the package and present its contents to surgical staff in a sterile operating room without compromising the product's sterility.
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Nathan's gives the nod to nostalgia

"Because Nathan's is an old-fashioned Coney Island restaurant, we wanted to bring back the feel of an old-fashioned squeeze bottle instead of something modern." That's how Steven Gold, president of Gold Pure Food Products in Hempstead, NY, explains his firm's selection of a 12-oz high-density polyethylene cylinder from Silgan Plastics (Chesterfield, MO) for a new 12-oz addition to Gold's line of Nathan's® Famous Original Coney Island Deli Style Mustard.
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Simplifying approval for food-contact packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) apparently has agreed to a long-sought request to simplify approval for substances used in food-contact packaging by doing away with the time consuming pre-market approval process that requires explicit FDA consent.
Self-locking anti-static PETG clamshell (above) provides ample protection while reducing costs and labor. It required no change
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Clamshell cuts costs for computer boards

Anti-static PETG clamshell costs less than previous bag and foam combination. Packaging steps are reduced from three to one.
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Vermont rBST labelling

Dairy packers won a major victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered the Vermont District Court to grant an industry-requested injunction against the state's mandatory rBST labeling statute.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.

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