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HCPC unveils seal of approval

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the availability of a new seal of approval that can be used to designate compliance-style pharmaceutical packaging.
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Components assume new importance in packaging

Conveyors, coding and marking machines, and motors and drives are the components best-known to packagers who have production and engineering responsibilities.
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Films for low-fat foods

Mobil Chemical, Films Div., (Pittsford, NY) has released a literature sheet discussing the role of fat in food packaging. "Low-fat/No-fat Foods Require Enhanced Packaging" makes recommendations for selecting proper films to prevent flavor and aroma loss, as well as to protect food texture.
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Pack Expo turns packaging concepts into production realities

Packaging containers tend to be the milestones by which packaging advances are measured. But thousands of packagers coming to Pack Expo 96 (November 17-21, McCormick Place, Chicago) will assure you that there would be no visible packaging advances without the unseen contributions of packaging equipment.
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Thermoform saves time in surgery

Special thermoformed packaging for a medical device from Medex of Dublin, OH, is designed so that clinicians in a non-sterile environment can open the package and present its contents to surgical staff in a sterile operating room without compromising the product's sterility.
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Paper deposit law?

Paperboard packaging may inadvertently get caught up in Oregon's deposit law if voters approve a referendum on the November ballot expanding the law to include other types of drinks.
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PET resins

Luminar(TM) (5122C) is a new PET resin used in custom-produced PET rigid containers to provide high clarity, low haze and good strength. It's available from ICI Chemicals & Polymers (Wilmington, DE).
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Robotic case packing sweetens Brach & Brock's bottom line

A top-load robotic pick-and-place machine replaces manual case packing of bagged candy at Brach & Brock Confections, saving the confectioner $150ꯠ in annual labor costs.
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Simplifying approval for food-contact packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) apparently has agreed to a long-sought request to simplify approval for substances used in food-contact packaging by doing away with the time consuming pre-market approval process that requires explicit FDA consent.
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Automated case handling

The Freeway System from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) automates the transporting and palletizing of packed cases. It can be retrofitted onto most packaging lines, says the company.
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Hot melt adhesive seminars

National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) and Nordson offer 1/2-day seminars discussing advances in hot melt adhesives technology and handling systems.
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Expanding the scope of the operator

With computer and technological advances, the role of the packaging machinery operator continues to evolve as the year 2000 nears. Flexibility is key.
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Unique venting keeps coffee fresh

Dean Florentino Coffee, Las Vegas, NV, is the first coffee packer to put fresh roasted ground coffee in a "breathable" composite canister that's specially equipped with a one-way degassing valve.
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
Here?s what the numbers say to International Packaging Systems? Richard Brewer: By the year 2000, the number of 1-gal hot-fill P
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Tropicana tries shelf-stable OJ in PET (sidebar)

Others like PET gallons, too
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Thermal-transfer ribbon

Sony Chemical (Mt. Pleasant, PA) has introduced a thermal-transfer ribbon designed specifically for printers with near-edge or corner-edge printheads.
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Coffee packaging brochure

American Packaging (Rochester, NY) has published a full-color brochure describing packaging options available to the coffee industry. These options include two-, three-, and four-ply heat-sealed pouches with clear or foil laminations, stand-up pouches with or without reclosable zippers and hanger holes, as well as stock pouches.
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Visual inspection

Designed for pharmaceutical applications, the AutoVision 500 visual inspection system from Autoroll Machine (Middleton, MA) detects slight color variations between different batches of pills and can analyze shape, size and color of pills to verify that they are in the right packages.

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