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Plastic padded mailer

AirJacket(TM) is an all-plastic padded mailer from PAC National (Redmond, WA). Made of a durable, moisture-resistant, multi-layered PE film laminated to an interior bubble-type lining for cushioning protection.
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Proposed irradiation labeling draws fire

Too little, too late was the reaction of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) to FDA's advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for irradiation labeling.
Dennis O?Reilly, Angelo Scolieri and Tom Pack (left to right) have spearheaded SmithKline Beecham?s move to develop packaging fo
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SmithKline speeds package development

Packaging plays a key role in SmithKline Beecham's efforts to launch new drugs globally versus market-by-market. Material standardization may also help reduce time-to-market by nearly half.
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Stretch blow molder

The Blowform stretch blow molding machine for PET containers from Sasib (DePere, WI) is said to offer reduced initial costs and maintenance due to the simplicity of its in-line linear technology.
This load (left) in 3Com?s Santa Clara, CA, warehouse, symbolizes everything that 3Com wants to change: the load is too tall and
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3Com 'networks' packaging knowledge

Maker of computer networking gear forms a Global Packaging Initiatives Team to create global packaging standards. This "best practices" blueprint aims to cut costs and unify 3Com's packaging worldwide.
Materials Product Brief
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Pouch dispenser brochure

A color brochure with photo describes the PD-225 Pouch Dispenser from George Gordon Associates (Nashua, NH), which delivers filled pouches to other scale systems, cartoners, case packers or f/f/s machines at speeds to 180 pouches/min.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: Emhart Glass Manufacturing (Windsor, CT), for its inspection div.; Kapak Corp (Minneapolis, MN); Datamax Corp. (Orlando, FL); John Henry Co.
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Packaging glossary a full load

How does one set out to assemble the definitive glossary of packaging terms?
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Sleeve labeler

Axon's (Garner, NC) EZ-Seal stepper-driven sleeve labeling system applies shrink sleeves to containers requiring sleeve lay-flat widths from 15 mm to 600 mm (1/2" to 24") at speeds from 50 to 750 cpm.
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Packaging for a global marketplace (sidebar)

How does a $13 billion multinational food and beverage company keep Mexico apprised of packaging developments in Morocco?
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Country-of-origin labeling bills anew

Several new bills have been introduced in Congress to require country-of-origin labeling on products containing imported meat and meat products. The bills would amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act so that packaging not containing a label identifying the country of origin of imported meat and meat products would be considered misbranded.
One way Unilever made its redesigned lotion packaging more suitable for global markets was to eliminate sizes typical in America
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Packaging for a global marketplace

As today's marketplace becomes increasingly global, how does that affect the way products are packaged? The strategies adopted by these firms provide some useful clues.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

The newly formed Global Packaging Machinery Co., Inc. (S. Hackensack, NJ) will produce its own line of new food-grade cartoners and infeed systems and will rebuild used machines.
Materials Product Brief
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Reclosable bag machine

The Model VP6504 is an automatic multi-track collating and film wrapping system from Fusion Concepts, Inc./Pfankuch (Apple Valley, MN). System incorporates ASB friction feeders and encloses products between OPP film webs.
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Polaroid pictures a perfect pack (sidebar)

Global cassette packs, too
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End-load cartoner

For manufacturers seeking low-to- moderate line speeds, Bradman-Lake (Charlotte, NC) is introducing the Model SL45 end-load cartoner. Provides automatic cartoning at speeds to 60 cpm with rotary carton feed and barrel loading.
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Multipacker makes the grade at Buffalo Rock

The country's largest family-owned Pepsi bottler, Buffalo Rock Bottling Co. of Birmingham, AL, recently installed a new multipacker selected for its high-speed and quick-changeover capabilities.
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Robotic palletizer

Soco System (Waukesha, WI) presents a new generation of high-performance IPC robotic palletizers, equipped with modern IPC control. Four-color touchscreen permits easy operation and simple in-plant programming.

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