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Integrated manufacturing is the island way

Management at this start-up water marketer decides that the only way to assure bottle availability and top quality is to blow its own PET bottles in-line with its brand new filling line.
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Juice warnings, not pasteurization

The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule on July 8 requiring warning labels on fresh, unpasteurized juices. The requirement applies to all processors that package untreated juice for off-site consumption, including retailers such as grocery stores that squeeze and bottle juice for home use.
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EDL Packaging Engineers, Inc: Shrink-wrapping bagging system

The EDL System 3000 high-speed shrink wrapping and bagging system from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) wraps at speeds to 60 packs/min. It's designed for "optimum tightness" using high-clarity PE or polyolefin shrink film and uses a four-sided sealing mechanism to offer a total enclosed pack.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Paper Converting Machinery Co. (Green Bay, WI) announced it has an intl. agreement with Italconverting (Lucca, Italy), which positions PCMC as Italconverting's sales and marketing team for North America, Latin America, Australia and the Far East.
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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Rx labeling

FDA is requiring prescription drug labels to bear the words "Rx Only" instead of the former warning: "Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription." It's all part of the changes dictated by the FDA Modernization Act.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hudson-Sharp Machine Co. (Green Bay, WI) has acquired the converting equipment business of FMC Corp. (Chicago, IL).
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KISS Packaging Systems a div. of the Frain Group: Volumetric pail filler

KISS Packaging System's (LaPorte, IN) stainless-steel semi-automatic positive- displacement filler accurately fills water-thin to high-viscosity products drip- free, says KISS.
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Less red tape?

The new Transatlantic Economic Partnership (TEP) announced earlier this year as part of an effort to promote freer international trade could eliminate numerous trade barriers and "miles of red tape," according to GMA.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Dunsirn Industries' (Neenah, WI) fourth U.S. web materials converting facility began processing orders from its new 90ꯠ sq' facility in Reno, NV, in early May.
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PneumaticScaleAngelus: PC-controlled filler

Pneumatic Scale (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) has developed a line of high-speed rotary net-weigh filling machines. The PC-based system enables the user to create and edit product recipes or programs, observe real time and historical fill data, diagnose system problems, perform statistical analysis, and print reports.
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Labeling uniformity bill introduced

The "National Uniformity for Food Act of 1998," designed to ensure consistent food labeling requirements, has been introduced in both the House and Senate.
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A short course on plastics technology

A new book promises to explain plastics packaging technology to scientists, engineers, even college graduates who begin new jobs and need a quick tutorial.
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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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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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Hot melt adhesive

Advantra(TM) hot melt adhesives from H.B. Fuller (St. Paul, MN) are said to produce better bonds on carton sealing, tray forming and other packaging applications.
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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.

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