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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.
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Study confirms bottles affect wine buying

A recent study on American wine purchasing shows that glass wine bottles play a key role in determining which wine is purchased. Marketers considering dropping glass in favor of some other packaging material would do well to analyze the study-perhaps even duplicate it in their own product categories-before making a move.
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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.
An operator examines operating performance on the touchscreen display of Interbrew?s new bottle-stacking multipacker
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Multipacks double the ante for bottles

A European brewer is first to offer two-layer multipacks for glass bottles. The tall 24- and 30-packs present more graphic billboard area and permit easier handling for consumers.
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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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.
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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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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
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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.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Supplier news: International agreements

ARCO Chemical Co. (Newtown Square, PA) sold its plastics business to NOVA Chemicals (Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
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Top graphics make milk pouch come alive

One of the pioneers in pouched milk packaging in the U.S. is now presenting its product in four-color flexo printing on white 4-mil linear low-density polyethylene that's bringing vivid color to the milk case.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

U.S. Coexcell (Maumee, OH) opened a plastic drum warehouse in Auburndale, FL, to serve that state's citrus processors.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Dow Chemical (Midland, MI) acquired a controlling interest in Brazilian polystyrene producer Estireno do Nordeste (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
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Biofoam: Snacks to loose fill

A major feature article in Inc. magazine could jump-start a small Phoenix, AZ, packaging supplier. The October issue of Inc. included a story on Biofoam, the company and product name for starch-based loose-fill.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Mead Corp. (Dayton, OH) will acquire a Rumford, ME, coated paper mill from Boise Cascade for approximately $650 million.

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