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Automatic tablet feeder

An automatic tablet feed elevator from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) is ergonomically designed to eliminate potential workplace accidents during manual filling of tablets into a hopper by replacing a high, out-of-reach hopper with a low-level bulk hopper.
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Roll-on shrink film

The Label-Lyte® Roll On Shrink On (ROSO) product line of OPP films from Mobil Chemical, Films Div. (Pittsford, NY), is designed to combine bright, high-gloss appearance with just-in-time efficiency.
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HACCP to affect seafood, too

As the U.S.Department of Agriculture moves towards implementing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based inspection system, nearly three-quarters of existing regulations could be simplified or even eliminated, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
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Does purchasing drive partnerships?

The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
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Metallocene plastomers

Exxon Chemical (Houston, TX) has added five grades of FDA-compliant plastomers to its metallocene specialty family. They offer good breathability, clarity and enhanced sealability for packaging film production.
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TE design relies on perfs, not force

When medical device maker Boeringer Mannheim chose to use a thermoformed clamshell to show off its second-generation Soft Touch II lancet blood sampling device, the Indianapolis-based company wanted the package to be easy to open.
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Calendared rigid film

From BP Chemicals, lightweight Barex® rigid film calendared by American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) is a uniform, high performance, thin-gauge, single-layer thermoform rigid film.
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FDA ponders first food-specific health claim

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is on the verge of allowing the first food-specific health claim to be made on packaging. In early January, FDA announced it was considering allowing use of the following model language: "Diets high in oatmeal or oat bran and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." Previously, only broad claims about general nutrients were allowed.
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All fit for shipping

Gym equipment manufacturer Allfitness switches from kraft paper to LDPE-based foam for shipping its products to retailers worldwide. Benefits include fewer returns and an enhanced perceived value.
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More p-s labels to come?

Judging by the results of a recent exclusive Packaging World survey, pressure-sensitive labels are gaining in popularity at the expense of other forms of container decoration, including direct printing, glue-applied labels and screen printing.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Exxon Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) completed the acquisition of AlliedSignal Inc.'s (Morristown, NJ) interest in the HDPE business of Paxon Polymer Co., L.P.
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Reusable liquid shipper

Remcon Plastics (Reading, PA) has introduced a reusable liquid shipping container made of PE. The Tank-On-Pallet is suited for both aseptic and non-aseptic applications where liquids, purees, or dairy products in quantities of 200 gal or more are required.
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Cartoner serves up tasty results at Boca Burger

To meet growing nationwide demand for its meatless burgers, Boca Burger turns to automated wrapping and cartoning machinery. As a result, speeds soar while labor costs plummet.
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Blister pack nester

A new system by Machine Devel-opment (San Leandro, CA) nests blister packs for end-for-end and face-to-face packing into cartons or cases. The machine can receive either individual blisters or bandoliers.
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Zipper tape

Perf Cap(TM) zipper tape from Minigrip/Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) is designed for individually quick-frozen poultry, seafood and vegetables. It allows resealable packages to be made from PE and structured films on vf/f/s machines.
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COPE readies consumer survey

In response to a petition from the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), FDA has proposed several changes in its food labeling regulations. After reviewing all its health claims rules, the agency is poised to propose simplified, flexible model claim language for some of the existing longer health claims.
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Wrapping film

Mobil Chemical's (Pittsford, NY) new four-color brochure allows readers to experience the tactile qualities of Hicor® OHD film, while describing the characteristics that make the film unique.

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