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Versatile ink-jet system

The Patrion ink-jet printer from Marsh (Belleville, IL) prints 1 to 8 lines of type on paperboard and corrugated, at speeds to 200 fpm. Prints ascending and descending characters in a variety of fonts, with character sizes from 10 mm (0.39") to 50 mm (1.97") H.
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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Dispensing closure

Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI) has developed a child-resistant closure that is also a dispenser. For OTC pharmaceutical products, this closure is said to exceed re-cent requirements for child safety and senior accessibility set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Budget battle may clip EPA's wings

Regulatory reformers are using the budget process to curb the powers of federal regulatory agencies, often by denying funding for specific programs. Uncertainty reigns at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as it waits to see how Congress handles its appropriations.
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Microflute corrugated

International Paper, Containerboard and Kraft Div. (Memphis, TN), has introduced a new line of microflute corrugated mediums and specialty lightweight printing substrates that combine the strength of corrugated with the graphic appeal of bleached board.
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Horizontal funnel machine

Southern Packaging and Bottling Machinery (Lawrenceville, GA) has introduced a new horizontal funnel machine that forms pouches from rollstock and fills them with dry mix products, rice, candy, instant oats, pharmaceutical products or small medical devices.
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PMMI to explore packaging trends, solutions

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's (Arlington, VA) second Packaging Productivity Forum, Nov. 6 to 8 at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, will unveil the results of the 1995 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator survey.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs
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Soup cups go private label (sidebar)

Better bagging, too
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Programmable limit switch

The new PLS 800 programmable limit switch from Candy Controls (Niles, IL) offers eight-function output, programmable zero offset, absolute on/off, start/stop or dwell anywhere from 0 to 359° in a machine cycle, and a programmable production rate indicator.
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Standardized label redux: first food, now pharmaceuticals

We're becoming a nation of self-prescribed pill pushers, and FDA is concerned that consumers need sufficient information to avoid potential problems.
Health claims made on this package of Phyto-Nutrients are accompanied by the required disclaimer that FDA hasn?t evaluated the
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Supplementing copy for dietary supplement labels

Manufacturers of vitamins, herbs and minerals are looking to make health claims on their packages. New rules on copy and packaging are in FDA's plans.
Not only does the new forming web for the Idexx blister pack provide better  barrier, it doesn1t turn yellow as its predecessor
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Lamination solves a pair of problems

Forming web used for blister packs of reagent chemicals turned yellow with age and provided insufficient moisture barrier. New material addresses both issues.
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General Mills is Leader of the Year

The Packaging Education Forum has named General Mills, Inc., its 1995 Packaging Leader of the Year. The Minneapolis-based firm is ranked second worldwide in the cereal market and is well known for brands that include Betty Crocker, Gold Medal, Wheaties and Yoplait.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Steinau-Fisher (Cincinnati, OH): Kelly J. Kleiner, account executive, covering local and national accounts.
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Meat packaging film

American National Can (Chicago, IL) has introduced a multilayer packaging film called Q3(TM). An addition to the proprietary Tubular Water Quenched line of plastic packaging, Q3 offers enhanced performance for traditional processed meat products, such as sausages and lunch meats, as well as applications that use a deep-draw process, such as bulk smoked sausage or braunschweiger.
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Souprising changes

When Atlanta, GA-based restaurant chain Lettuce Souprise You switched from a paperboard carton to a polystyrene clamshell for its carry-out muffins, it also changed from a 6- or 12-count package down to a 4-count package.
Peter Levine of design firm Desgrippes, Gob? explained how revamping the logo for Ann Taylor stores began a relationship that 
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Designers yearn for credibility

Whether captive or consulting, packaging designers rarely get the credit or the budgets they need. Marketing 'pups' often control purse strings and decision-making. But there's a bit of light showing from designers' computer terminals.

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