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FOX IV Technologies: Label printer/applicators

The 8041 label printer/applicators from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) are PLC-based for easy integration and operation. They print and apply labels up to 4.65" x 14" at speeds to 10"/sec.
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Drug labeling for the elderly

The Alliance for Aging Research, an umbrella organization for geriatrics-related study groups, has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services develop a list of medications that are "potentially inappropriate for use in older persons" and another "red alert" list of medications that rarely, if ever, should be used with the elderly.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (Thorofare, NJ): Thomas B. Upshur, senior dir., radio frequency identification (RFID) marketing and product management.
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Comstar: Thermal-transfer printer

The new PrintPRO(TM) Sonic(TM) thermal-transfer imprinter from Comstar Printing Solutions (Streetsboro, OH) works in-line with f/f/s baggers to print bar codes, text and graphics on packaging material at 60 to 120 packs/min on medium-sized bags; up to 200/min on smaller bags.
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Associations honor converters

Golden, CO-based Graphic Packaging Corp. won three Excellence Awards from the Paperboard Packaging Council (Alexandria, VA) for folding cartons, all made using the company's Composipac(TM) converting process.
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Tiger thermoforms paper/plastic structure for cheese

Swiss company is believed first to use cellulose in a thermoform/fill/seal package for shelf-stable packs of cheese. The 20-g packs of cheese were introduced in the U.S. in June.
Controls Product Brief
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Cloud Packaging Equipment: Pouching system

FlexWorks(TM) is a high-speed, continuous-motion pouching system from Cloud Corp. (Des Plaines, IL). It handles most heat-sealable laminates and coextru-sions, including biaxially oriented nylons, polyesters and structured PPs, foils, cellophanes and paper.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) and Universal Technology (Pittsburgh, PA) have agreed to a joint venture to create Hoppmann Robotics, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA), a robotics integrator specializing in flexible feeding and packaging applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Eastman Chemical Company: Eastman Chemical Company: Cosmetics jars

Colt's (Daysville, Conn.) has expanded its packaging line with new cosmetics jars suitable for makeup, loose powders, creams, face treatments and bath and body products.
Materials Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Bulk can palletizer

The Simpli-Pal 3000 bulk can palletizer from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) includes an isometric air bed in the laning area that uses a precisely controlled air pattern to protect empty cans from pressure and impact damage on high-speed filling lines.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Novapak Corp. (Eatontown, NJ) has introduced PET stretch/blow-molding capability to its Paris, IL, operation and boosted capacity of injection-molded PET preforms by 33%.
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Paper companies wax eloquent about wax separation process (sidebar)

'Reverse-cleaning' separates wax from fiber
Materials Product Brief
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Tube filler/closer

Modular King Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the Kugler K30-7 tube filler and closer. Designed with accuracy and repeatability in mind, it bottom-up fills laminate or metal tubes at speeds to 60/min.
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Neckhanger displays gum sample pack

Clearly Canadian and Warner-Lambert have teamed up in a joint sampling program to promote gum and sparkling water. Throughout the summer, three million 1-L polyethylene terephthalate bottles of Clearly Canadian's wild cherry-flavored sparkling water will have their necks adorned with a five-stick sample pack of cherry Trident gum from Morris Plains, NJ-based Warner-Lambert.
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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck

Packaging and printing operations may be significantly affected by EPA emissions limits on coatings and adhesives. Increased costs to control emissions could lead to higher prices.
Machine Product Brief
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Marsh Co.: Label printer/applicator

The L5000PA is a flexible, high-speed ink-jet printer/applicator from Marsh (Belleville, IL). It offers printing in resolutions of 203 or 305 dpi at speeds to 12"/sec.
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Henney to head FDA

Dr. Jane E. Henney, vice president for health sciences at the University of New Mexico, has been nominated as the new commissioner of the FDA, succeeding her former boss Dr.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

FMC Corp., Converting Equipment Operations (Green Bay, WI): Peter Hatchell, North American business mgr.; Warren Burton, customer support mgr.

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