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Japan looks at 'shared responsibility'

In June, Japan's parliamentary body, the Diet, passed legislation whereby product manufacturers, importers and retailers will share the "responsibility" for container recycling beginning in 1997, according to Raymond Communications' Recycling Laws International.
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Induction cap sealer

Pillar Technologies (Booth 2297) is introducing recent innovations to its Foiler induction cap sealer. These include power supplies to 4 kW for wide-mouthed closures and high-production line speeds, universal coils to seal a variety of closures without changeover, missing foil and stalled bottle detectors, and capabilities to seal in hazardous environments.
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Great Neck stretches for 'virtual packaging'

Hand tool manufacturer Great Neck Saw provides customers with digital color prints that vividly depict a package's on-the-shelf appearance-before the pack is created.
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Pepsi's packaging blitz

August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
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Roller coaster ride for recycled plastics, paper markets

As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Datacolor Intl. (Lawrenceville, NJ) an-nounced a new agent, Westglen Industries, Inc. (Milton, Ontario, Canada), to handle sales of quality control products in the paint, coatings, ink, and printing industries in Canada.
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Infeed and hot plate tunnel

Great Lakes (Booth 1546) will display its new custom-designed Infeed and Hot Plate Tunnel. This new infeed will be shown dividing pharmaceutical bottles into groups of three and shrink wrapping them into packages of three or six.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH) finalized its plans to increase its HDPE and LLDPE capacities.
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Vertical sealing system

All Packaging Machinery (Ron-konkoma, NY) has introduced a heavy-duty, variable speed, continuous band sealer that can seal up to 45'/min. It can seal and trim Tyvek, polyester, nylon, poly-coated paper, foil, coextrusions and poly-laminatied materials, as well as unsupported films such as PE and PP.
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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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Square PET container

Clearplass Containers (Penn Yan, NY) has introduced a 16-oz addition to its line of stock PET containers. This new square bottle accepts a 38-mm TE, resealable snap closure.
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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.
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.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Kolmar Laboratories (Port Jervis, NY) formed a joint venture with CCL Pharmaceuticals (Runcorn, England) to target pharmaceutical markets; CCL Custom Manu- facturing (Rosemont, IL) recently acquired Parkfields, a sterile liquid-filling facility in the U.K.
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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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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.
In late June, Newsweek magazine devoted a full page article to the subject of repetitive-strain injuries and how OSHA would deal
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to levy big fines on companies. But it also has begun to show new interest in cooperating with industry.

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