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Disposable packaging (left) used formerly by 3M for its bulk videotape generated about 1 cu? of waste. The Reusable Pak (above)
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3M saves bundles with new bundle

The Audio and Video Products Div. of St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co. has scored an impressive victory in packaging source reduction. This leading producer of bulk videotape for the film duplication industry designed a returnable and reusable package for its products that: * eliminates 1.4 million cu' of waste annually, * reduces the number of packaging components from 11 to three, * reduces the variety of packaging materials from five to two, * reduces labor costs not only in 3M's Hutchinson, MN, plant but at its customers' plants, too, and, * saves $4 million annually in packaging costs.
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Alcan Packaging: Label registration system

Lawscan(TM), Lawson Mardon Packaging's (Northbrook, IL) patent-pending scanning system, is designed to facilitate precise label registration and decrease set-up time of roll-fed labelers.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Thomas Engineering Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has acquired Service Industries Midwest, Inc. (Rolling Meadows, IL), a manufacturer of blister packaging machinery tooling and change parts.
Cases are configured in a variety of formats by means of the case turner (inset) running just ahead of the automatic palletizer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots

Pegged by some as one craft brewer best positioned to thrive and grow, Redhook boldly stakes its claim to eastern markets with its New Hampshire facility.
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Palace Packaging Machines: Desiccant inserter

Model DF-LS desiccant inserter from Palace Packaging Machines (Downingtown, PA) inserts most varieties of desiccants into bottles at speeds to 120/min.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) and Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) have formed Arakawa Europe GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) to sell Arkon(TM) hydrocarbon resins, which are used as tackifiers in various adhesive applications.
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Flip-top bottle

A 32-oz flip-top bottle is available from E.Z. Cap (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Specially designed for the micro-brewer and brew pubs for carry-out packaging, the bottle is said to be resealable, reusable and recyclable.
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Bottle multipacker

The OneTech(TM) system from Mead (Marietta, GA) is a modular multiple packaging system capable of different pack styles and configurations of glass bottles on the same platform.
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Reducing labeling errors

In an effort to reduce errors on food labels, the Food Safety and Inspection Service's Food Labeling Division (FLD) said all label-approval applications will be seen by two FLD reviewers instead of one.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Packaging machine brochure

A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) has a new brochure featuring its line of case erectors, case sealers, case packers, decasers/ single filers, bulk systems and case packers/ uncasers for bottles.
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Barrier technology impresses judges

The prestigious Diamond Award of the eleventh annual DuPont Awards went to Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). CPT was honored for the high-barrier 400-mL (13.524-oz) polyethylene terephthalate single-serve bottle it developed for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.
This close-up shows the starwheels and center guide for an air cleaner at Seagram?s LaSalle plant. Located on the center guide i
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Seagram salutes the end of tweaking

Seagram combines two bottling lines into one medium-speed line for a broad variety of spirits in glass bottles. Quick-change parts for cleaning, filling, capping and conveying equipment reduce downtime and labor costs.
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'Suppliers must source tag!'

"Manufacturers who have vision are already source tagging. Now we must convince the rest of them that source tagging is in their best interest." Such was the message delivered by Enzo Cerra, senior vp of marketing for Largo, FL-based Eckerd Corp., to packagers, manufacturers and retailers at a recent meeting of the RF Users Group in Chicago last month.
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USDA/FDA wrap new demands around meat, poultry packaging

No longer will food companies accept self-certification from vendors. In fact, some new packaging has already been pulled from the market.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Joseph F. Matthews, Maxson Automatic Machinery Co., has received the Leadership and Service Award from the Finishing and Converting Div. of the Technical Assn.
GardenTech Singles (top) are insecticide, fungicide and  herbicide concentrates available in unit-dose portions. They?re packed
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Unit-dose packaging for the garden

Consumers crave convenience, so this lawn and garden products manufacturer serves it up: single-dose pouches of home insecticides.
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FMI endorses OTC changes

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) supports FDA's proposed regulation to establish a standardized labeling format for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. But in comments to FDA, the trade group asked for national uniformity in requirements for OTC drug product labeling.
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Britvic banks on being different (sidebar)

McCain tests aseptically filled PET

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