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With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
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Desiccants

Tri-Sorb® desiccant tablets from United Desiccants (Louisville, KY) provide the same adsorption strength as standard desiccants, but take only a fraction of the space.
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Produce packs make produce snacks

Cut, washed, packaged, and refrigerated fresh produce continues gaining in popularity in supermarkets across the country. Among the more innovative marketers is Salinas, CA-based Tanimura & Antle.
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Sterile packaging growth projected

Continued increases in surgical procedures and stringent standards for infection control are two factors that are expected to contribute to an 8.4% annual growth in the demand for sterile packaging over the next five years.
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High-speed capper

PMC Industries' (Hackensack, NJ) new high-speed capper applies pump caps at speeds to 300/min. A programmable controller governs machine operations, including the flow of caps from the sorter and automatic shutdown in case of overloads at transfer points.
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Sandoz/Gerber's first offering comes in a box

Resource, a liquid nutritional supplement targeted to consumers age 55 and beyond, is now available in 13 western markets, with national distribution expected early this year.
After discharging from the liquid nitrogen chiller, deodorant containers index to this capper for application of polypropylene c
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Deodorant sticks chill big time in small space

Tom's of Maine doubles its production of stick deodorants by adding an in-line chiller that uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the hot-filled product.
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Valve/liner system

Inliners Unlimited (Monroe, LA) has introduced a valve to be used with barrier liners as a low-cost way to control gases in drums, pails, boxes or IBCs.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Steinau-Fisher, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) has changed its name to Fisher Design, Inc
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Glidden's paint testers pass with flying colors

High-density polyethylene test containers let homeowners test a color before plunging into the purchase of a gallon of paint.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Crabtree Group (Tyne & Wear, England) announced the proposed acquisition of Oven Systems, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI).
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Child-resistant blister foil

A new child-resistant foil from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) combines advanced heat seal technology with two-side printing capabilities to create a compliance package specifically suited for OTC drugs and vitamin supplements.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) will acquire AlliedSignal Inc.'s (Morristown, NJ) interest in the HDPE business of Paxon Polymer Co., L.P.
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Cheese overwrap film

Designed to replace conventional overwrap films for cheese, Cryovac's (Duncan, SC) BDF-4000 is a high-barrier film with built-in oxygen and aroma barriers.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
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Seven-layer coextruded film

Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) has introduced ICE(TM) (internal coolant exchange) 9300, a new seven-layer high-barrier coextruded flexible film. It provides haze-free clarity, color fade protection and longer shelf life, says the company.

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