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Eclipsing the competition

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for OTC sales, SmithKline Beecham's new Tagamet HB is one of the first "Acid blocker" products to reach the re-tail market.
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Freshness down to a system

Freshness is essential to the products marketed by Nature's Herbs. So this American Fork, UT, manufacturer of herbal dietary supplements uses a variety of components in a system it calls FreshCare® to guarantee product freshness and potency.
I  ndividually protected and wrapped 		window and door units are now shipped on company trucks standing on end like books. The v
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Pella's 'bookshelf' loads reduce materials and damage

To reduce materials and improve product protection, window-maker Pella moved to transparent stretch-wrapped packs that dramatically cut costs.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

rommeLag USA (Fords, NJ) has formed a new company, Holopack Intl., to meet specialized contract packaging needs in the pharmaceutical liquid filling markets.
Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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Biocraft transcends random checkweighing

Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

3M Specialty Chemicals Div. (St. Paul, MN): Jim Fowler, vp of mktg. at American Pop Corn Co., is the winner of the 1995 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the 3M Scotchban Challenge contest.
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Consumer group seeks food label changes

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make changes in its food labeling regulations and to prohibit dozens of specific claims that are now appearing on food packages.
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Supplier news: Association leaders

National Soft Drink Assn. (Washington, DC): Barbara J. Halpin, mgr., environmental affairs.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH): Michael D. Recknor, plant mgr. for the Crockett, TX, compounding plant; Dr. Norma J. Maraschin, dir., PE research and development.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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Oval tubes

Fenton, Weber & Jones' (Tonawanda, NY) 2-oz Elise oval tube for the cosmetics and personal care industries is now available with Seaquist Closures' (Mukwonago, WI) 15-mm flat-lid smooth-wall butterfly closure.
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Coffee can with valve device

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has developed a new composite canister that allows coffee beans hot off the grinder to be packaged. This innovative opening feature incorporates a one-way pressure-release valve that allows CO2 to escape, eliminating the need for standard vacuum packaging.
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Can end remover

The Wizard® portable dechimers from Wizard Drum Tool (Wau-kesha, WI) remove top and bottom metal chimes from empty drums to allow fiber drum to lay flat for re-cycling at a later time.
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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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Pepsi's packaging blitz

August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
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Japan looks at 'shared responsibility'

In June, Japan's parliamentary body, the Diet, passed legislation whereby product manufacturers, importers and retailers will share the "responsibility" for container recycling beginning in 1997, according to Raymond Communications' Recycling Laws International.
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet

Is there a discernible difference in the way management and production personnel view environment-related packaging changes? A Packaging World survey reports that everybody's still on the same page.

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