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Krones, Inc: High-speed labeler

To label glass or plastic bottles or aluminum cans, the Contiroll from Krones (Franklin, WI) operates at speeds to 800 containers/min. Placement accuracy is assured by proven rotary container handling, control and centering.
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FDA sued over bio-tech labeling

Two advocacy groups have sued the FDA, charging the agency's testing and labeling policies for genetically engineered foods violate its statutory mandate to protect public health.
At Kraft Foods? Tarrytown, NY, development laboratories, co-op students work side-by-side with experienced professionals like Ri
Supplier News
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Career fairs: How some companies 'precruit'

Many companies look for packaging professionals at schools with packaging curricula, and some successful companies begin the process before students even graduate.
Machine Product Brief
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Print-and-apply unit

Alpha Dot USA (Belle Mead, NJ) introduces the Eclipse, an advanced print-and-apply thermal-transfer labeling system for secondary package identification.
Materials Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Checkweigher

Model MW-16 is a continuous, non-porous conveyor belt from All-Fill (Exton, PA). Its maximum 80/min operating speed works for medium-sized cases, corrugated boxes, bulk-bagged product and other containers.
Materials Product Brief
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

Omega Design Corp.'s (Exton, PA) Classic Shrink bundler is featured in a color catalog. Suited for pharmaceutical, personal care, food, liquor and specialty chemical product packaging, the shrink-bundler automatically collates and packages containers or cartons into a unitized bundle that is protected against label marring.
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New look brings a boom in sales

New labels on 750-mL glass bottles of six varietals from Delicato Family Vineyards have brought a significant increase in sales for the Novato, CA, wine maker.
Rick Vavra, GE Plastics? materials and logistics manager (above), holds samples of the engineering resins made and packaged in
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Plastics maker tightens up on contamination

Engineering resins are costly, so consistent quality is critical. GE Plastics adds state-of-the-art metal detectors just ahead of resin packaging to eliminate this potential problem.
Dr. Ramani Narayan demonstrates a bag made with soy-based, compostable film
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Breakdown breakthrough?

Compostable films made with soy proteins are now technically viable according to new research from Michigan State University. Next up: overcoming scale and cost hurdles.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: PET bottle handling system

Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) high-speed conveyor and accumulation system can handle up to 470 bottles/min. The system offers an automatic pallet handling system, complete line-speed modulation and pressureless combining.
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Pace picks barrier bottle for picante sauce

In July Campbell Soup's Pace Foods, San Antonio, TX, rolled out its picante sauce in a proprietary 20-oz squeezable plastic barrier bottle.
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PET spreads to mayonnaise

Manufacturers looking to stand out from the competition introduce mayonnaise in 32-oz PET bottles. They cite reduced breakage and lower freight costs as plastic's advantages, while cost and shelf life are competitive with glass.
Materials Product Brief
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B&H Labeling Systems: Shrink labeler

Model 8000 series shrink labeler reduces registration errors and eliminates bottlenecks that occur during change-over, says manufacturer B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA).
Controls Product Brief
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Skin-packing machines

Interdibipack (Mazzo di Rho, Italy) will launch a new generation of skin-packing machines that feature a thermoforming system to produce polished vacuum forms for blister packaging.
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Produce, meat labeling

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) scored a major victory when an amendment requiring front panel country-of-origin labeling on frozen produce was dropped before being included in the Senate's FY '99 Agriculture Appropriations bill.
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Rubbermaid compacts damage (sidebar)

CertainTeed taps metallocene for compression packaging
Materials Product Brief
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Amoco Polymers: High-clarity PP

Amoco Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) has released new product literature on ACCLEAR(TM) high- clarity polypropylene. ACCLEAR grades are well-suited to thermoforming, injection molding, extrusion blow molding and stretch/blow-molding processes.
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MG America: Tube filler

The C135 tube filler from MG America (Fairfield, NJ) fills a wide range of tube compositions, manually or automatically, at speeds to 70 tubes/min.

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