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After a bar code is ink-jet printed onto cases of paint cans, it is scanned by a bar code decoder as a quality check. The scanne
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Coding solution does double duty

Valspar Corp.'s ink-jet coding and scanning system provides automatic batch code verification and real-time production monitoring.
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Heinz faces underweights

It started with a consumer complaint about an underweight plastic ketchup bottle in northern California. Officials there asked the Office of Weights and Measures at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct a multi-state survey of Heinz ketchup.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Klockner Pentaplast of America Inc. (Gordonsville, VA) has established a research and materials testing center for pharmaceutical blister package films so that customers can develop or improve their blister packages.
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Dispensing closure

Seaquist Closures (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced the Tab Top(TM) dispensing closure for squeezable food products and household cleaners. Its heightened spout allows more accurate dispensing, while a spout-shaped lid facilitates one-handed opening.
Great care was taken in designing the thermoform for the sliced varieties so that slices would neatly shingle
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U.K. firm ships Costa Rican fruit via Canadian technology

Unique packaging lets Geest ship fresh-cut pineapplein clear thermoforms to markets not only in the UK but also France and the U.S. Shelf life is 35 days.
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Campbell puts V-8 in heat-set PET

Launched in January, Campbell Soup Co.'s new 46-oz heat-set bottle of polyethylene terephthalate for V-8 vegetable juice is said to be the only shelf-stable plastic container for a tomato-based beverage.
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Autowrappers

The Flowtronic 510 from Autowrappers Europack (Norwich, Norfolk, England) is an automatic, mid-range autowrapper that individually wraps small products, such as candy pieces or biscuits.
Bags for Green Giant frozen vegetables explain how foods high in certain vitamins ?may? reduce risk of cancer. While the foods?
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Food fight!

The FDA wants to make it easier for food packs to carry health and nutrition statements. Meanwhile, industry continues to press for even greater latitude for claims.
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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Sterilizable medical film

Cryovac® M312 is a PVC alternative for medical packaging from Cryovac (Duncan, SC). This multi-layered coextruded film has improved moisture retention and better performance in refrigerated conditions than PVC, says the company, with good clarity after autoclaving.
Bars discharge from the wrapper six at a time, with three continuing on one right-angled conveyor (above), three on another. Aft
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'Floating pocket' cartoner speeds ice cream novelty output

Ice cream novelty processing/packaging line helps Ingman Foods expand its product offerings in Finland.
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
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Logic makes paint flow freely

Valspar Corp. used advance logic technology to "smarten up" its new 1-gal paint canning line in Statesville, NC. The line is able to automatically react to trouble spots by slowing or stopping parts of the line or rerouting product flow around hot spots.
Cartons are presterilized, filled and sealed within the aseptic chamber, which runs along the bottom of the system
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Aseptic system drives gabletop coffee creamer

Norwegian dairy stlandsmeieriet Hedmark Trrmelk is first to use aseptic system to produce 1/4-L gabletops of coffee creamer. New system lengthens shelf life by 50% and triples output of prior extended shelf life equipment.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) plans to increase LDPE/HDPE capacity by 130 million lbs/year at the Mont Belvieu, TX, plastics plant.
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Injection-molding resin

BASF (Mount Olive, NJ) has introduced a medium-impact polystyrene (MIPS) resin that offers over 25% improved gloss versus nor-mal-finish MIPS.
French consumers are so impressed with Pulpea orange they named it the product of the year in the beverage category in the annua
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New twist on aseptic juice bottling

In France, orange juice joins the ranks of fruit juices aseptically packaged in rigid plastic containers. The six-month shelf life comes with an assist from a layer of EVOH.

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