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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Millennium Petrochemicals (Cincinnati, OH) entered into an alliance with MSI Technology (Arlington Heights, IL) for the sale of Millennium's Plexar® tie-layer resins.
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Controls Product Brief
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Quick-change feature

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) ChaseLock(TM) instant-release, vial-and-stopper feeder bowl-and-track system is now available on the company's FS Series of filling and stopper insertion machines.
Materials Product Brief
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Intermediate bulk container

Consisting of a metal frame and pallet with sides that are food-grade molded virgin PP, the Pallecon 330 from TNT Container Logistics (Franklin Park, IL) can hold the equivalent of six 55-gal drums.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Rennco, Inc. (Homer, MI): John F. Fisher, COO.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Shell Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) entered a distribution agreement with M.A. Hanna Resin Distribution (Lemont, IL) for Shell's Carilon® polymers.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
Feature Article
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

ReedSpectrum (Holden, MA) and GretagMacbeth (New Windsor, NY) are working together to provide a Color Matching Expert System.
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Vendor partnerships on the rise

New research from PMMI shows why more packagers are forging special relationships or partnerships with materials and machinery vendors.
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Supplier news:

Fisher Design, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) opened a satellite office in San Francisco, CA.
Materials Product Brief
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Detachable label

Topflight (York, PA) has designed a detachable "flag" label for identification on vials, pre-filled syringes or other drug containers. The structure features two overlapping adhesive film surfaces.
News
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Eastman announces new LLDPEs

The debate over metallocene technology continued at the National Plastics Exposition '97 when Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) announced two new linear-low-density polyethylenes.
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The 'slimy' side of FQPA

EPA and FDA are mucking up the approval process for slimicides and additives-at least temporarily. In addition, label changes for germicides are also at issue.
Controls Product Brief
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Horizontal wrapper

Cavanna U.S.A.'s (Sparta, NJ) new Easy Run® is an economical horizontal form/fill/seal machine that can wrap single or multiple products into pillow packs at speeds to 300 packs/min.
The side-by-side lines (left) are used by DISA to handle non-free-flowing products that contain cornmeal and brown sugar or lard
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Auger filler takes on challenging cornmeal

DISA's 60ꯠ-sq' facility in Cali, Colombia, was almost four years old before one of its packaging lines became fully operational. The division of food giant CPC Intl., discovered that Maizena, a family of corn-flour-based mixes for puddings, cakes, and beverages, was very difficult to fill accurately.
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Coke tests PET/PEN bottle down under

Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty. Ltd. of Sydney, Australia-an operating unit of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.-is now testing a 350-mL (11.83 oz) plastic bottle made of a polyethylene terephthalate/polyethylene naphthalate (PET/PEN) blend.
Film unwinds from left to righton this horizontal rotary form/film/seal machine. The machine produces about 60 pouches/min. A sa
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Stand-up pouch stands tall on the shelf

A first-of-its-kind rotary hf/f/s machine helps Indiana candy and snack maker Golden Stream introduce 30 products in stand-up pouches. Retailers like the ways pouches can be merchandised; consumers like the resealable zipper that's applied in-line.
Materials Product Brief
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Confectionery film

UCB Films (Wigton, England) has introduced a cellulose confectionery film. Star-Twist(TM) is said to give up to three times the twist performance of existing materials for a tighter candy wrap, which can increase shelf life.
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Rounding out paperboard packages to set them apart

When product/packaging development teams turn to the subject of paperboard carton structures, the discussion is generally pretty "boxy." How long, wide and deep must the carton be to hold the product?

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