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Carton feeders illuminate GE Lighting lines

Four cartoning machines on two "Pro 80" light bulb packaging lines at General Electric Lighting's Winchester, VA, plant once required manual refilling of carton blanks every six minutes.
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PMMI?s Pack Expo site contains a searchable exhibitor listing that doubles as a useful and accurate directory of machinery and
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The Web's new trick: it's now useful

In our daily strolls out onto the Internet, we are noticing that an increasing number of web sites have become more sophisticated, offering genuinely useful information to packagers.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices (sidebar)

FDA unfreezes 'healthy' label
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Portion-pack system

A new Rychiger system from Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) fills hot maple syrup into single-serve portion packs, and seals them at speeds to 50 cups/min.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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
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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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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Cincinnati Milacron (Batavia, OH) has acquired the assets of Johnson Controls Inc. (Milwaukee, WI), the largest U.S. producer of blow-molding systems under the Uniloy brand name.
Full-coverage in-mold labeling was the only way for Farm Fresh to reproduce eye-popping graphics on a non-round plastic containe
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Packaging positions ice cream for upscale sales

Farm Fresh's new all-plastic, rectangular ice cream package features full-coverage, in-mold-labeled graphics, believed to be one of the first applications of its kind in the U.S.

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