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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet

Is there a discernible difference in the way management and production personnel view environment-related packaging changes? A Packaging World survey reports that everybody's still on the same page.
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Tabletop foam-in-place

The Pro Packer is a new tabletop, foam-in-place package system from Insta-Foam (Joliet, IL). It can operate with the company's VPM20 or 900ic foam-in-place packaging systems, as well as other brands on the market.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

HealthStar Inc. (Quincy, MA) has formed a special internal engineering unit to focus on rebuilding tablet presses at its new Diagnostic Center and Remanufacturing facility.
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet (sidebar)

Companies big and small
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Product metering device

Tisma Machinery (Elk Grove Village, IL) now offers its patented Sequential Transfer(TM) servo-controlled product metering device for use in the pharmaceutical or medical industries.
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Freshness down to a system

Freshness is essential to the products marketed by Nature's Herbs. So this American Fork, UT, manufacturer of herbal dietary supplements uses a variety of components in a system it calls FreshCare® to guarantee product freshness and potency.
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Consumer group seeks food label changes

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make changes in its food labeling regulations and to prohibit dozens of specific claims that are now appearing on food packages.
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Part 2How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors with increasing prices
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Biocraft transcends random checkweighing

Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
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FSIS says no to AMI

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) denied a request by the American Meat Institute (AMI) for a blanket 6-month extension of the August 8, 1995, deadline for revising ingredient labeling standards.
Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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Andes Candies does the twist

By October 1, Delavan, WI-based Andes Candies will begin shipping two seasonal "crystal twist packs," one containing a red silk rose and candy wrapped in red foil for Valentine's Day; the other a silk tulip with assorted color wraps for Easter.
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Supplier news: Association leaders

National Soft Drink Assn. (Washington, DC): Barbara J. Halpin, mgr., environmental affairs.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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Five Alive tries a new look

Houston-based Coca-Cola Foods Co. began test marketing a new version of its Five Alive(TM) fruit beverage in some Pacific Northwest cities this past May.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Fru-Con Eng. Inc. (Ballwin, MO): Armand A. Zeddies, mgr. of the Chemical Process and Pharmaceutical Div.
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Fill/seal/cap system

Autoprod (Booth 3574) has reduced cup diameter changeover time on its Fast-Pak in-line fill/seal/cap system from two hrs to 30 min. On display at WestPack, the FP 1 x 4 TE system fills liquid, preset, semi-solid, particulate and multiple fill products in 4-oz to 10-lb containers at speeds to 12ꯠ cups/hr.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

rommeLag USA (Fords, NJ) has formed a new company, Holopack Intl., to meet specialized contract packaging needs in the pharmaceutical liquid filling markets.

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