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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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Steinau-Fisher (Cincinnati, OH): Kelly J. Kleiner, account executive, covering local and national accounts.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
The smooth vertical movement of the stretch wrapper?s film carriage is accomplished, in no small part, by plastic rollers (shown
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Rollers stabilize stretch wrapping

Contoured plastic rollers allow a film carriage to smoothly ascend and descend during stretch wrapping. OEM component helps packagers like Farley Candy wrap loads more efficiently.
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Price hikes pinch beer margins

Brewers are taking it on the chin as much as anyone when it comes to rising packaging costs, forcing them, and wholesalers, to find new ways to reduce operating and production costs and increase volumes and prices.
A 3? sidewall at the leading edge of the package becomes the base on which the package stands
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Pasta/produce combo gets tf/f/s treatment

Salinas produce marketer Tanimura & Antle thermoforms its own trays for the Broccoli Time combo pack. Will consumers get used to seeing such full meals in the refrigerated produce section?
The laser-coded roll of printed material unwinds (from left to right) into the first station within the flow wrapper for sealing
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Chewing up market share

New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
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A wedge up on the competition

Cheesy packaging is not necessarily a bad thing. Just ask Jan Berger, president of Chicago-based Turtle Island, Inc., marketer of Just for Joy(TM) cheese-based gourmet soups.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
Controls Product Brief
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Tablet filler

Merrill-Lakso's (Leominster, MA) Model 35 "New Wave" Electronic filler is for counting and filling tablets, capsules and any other solid dose pharmaceutical products.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

The Photo Chemical Unit of the Eastman Kodak Co. has awarded their Supplier Quality Award to Fowler Products Co. (Athens, GA).
Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.

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