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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

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Stock jar closures

The Elegance Jar Covers from Tech Industries (Woonsocket, RI) are suited for cosmetics and personal care applications. Made of injection-molded PP, they are available in 33-, 48-, and 53-mm sizes.
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Closure for chemicals

The Agricap(TM) TE closure from Weatherchem (Twinsburg, OH) is made of high-impact HDPE to withstand freezing temperatures or excessive heat. Applications include chemicals, adhesives and sealants, as well as edible oils and food products.
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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machinery/labeling

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing its labeling requirements for drugs, medical devices and biologics to ensure that health practitioners and patients are provided with what the agency believes is more thorough than what's currently provided.
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Bottle shape builds brand

Bottled water producer Avalon Beverage Company, Glen Allen, VA, is attempting to differentiate its imported spring water by switching from a stock to a custom proprietary PET bottle.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
Materials Product Brief
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Corrosive materials containers

Tufftote containers from Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA) are suited for acids, resins, caustics, water-based paints and other applications where corrosion-resistance, high strength and low tare weight are required.
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Supplier news: Achievements

CCL Pharmaceuticals (Rosemont, IL) for its three UK facilities; Angelus Sanitary Can Machine Co. (Los Angeles, CA).
Materials Product Brief
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HDPE pallets

PDQ Plastics (Bayonne, NJ) offers a variety of heavy-duty pallets made of HDPE. The Super D pallet measures 40" x 48". It's FDA-approved and suited for freezing or steam-cleaning operations.
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California: it's official

California Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill permanently exempting food and cosmetics packaging from the state's Rigid Plastic Package Container (RPPC) law.
Materials Product Brief
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PP film tape

BrownCor (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced PCS Advantage® PP film tape, which is backed with a natural rubber adhesive for strong sealing properties.
Here an operator has entered the intervention suit to make an adjustment in the area of the filler. The suit makes such adjustme
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Del Monte marries aseptic filling to sterile blow molding

By integrating sterile bottle making with aseptic filling, Del Monte Foods eliminates chemical sterilization of PET bottles prior to aseptic filling. New in-line bottle blowing and filling system permits replacement of costly heat-set PET bottles purchase
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3M honors paper packaging innovations

"Last year, for the first time, consumers spent more money on food at foodservice outlets than at retail grocery stores, a trend that presents significant future opportunities for the packaging community." These comments from Robert Esse of Esse Technologies, (Monticello, MN) were made at 3M's (St.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
Materials Product Brief
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Cellular CPET

Shell Chemical (Houston, TX) has announced an advance in cellular CPET. Petlite(TM) II is a new resin that can be thermoformed into containers made to withstand the high-temperature baking conditions of CPET, with the potential for source reduction and cost savings.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
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Packagers still seeking help on electronic components

Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.

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