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Unit-dose splitter

The HUD (hospital unit-dose) Splitter from Sepha (Irvine, CA) is designed to cut hospital unit-dose blister packs into single packs without affecting the seal or product identification information.
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Hand-load cartoner

Adco's (Sanger, CA) new hand-load cartoner is designed to erect, close and seal cartons containing stacks of paper or other flat stackable items at speeds to 30 cartons/min.
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CLARIFICATION

In our June story titled "Case packer solves tissue issue," the changeover time was misstated. It takes three hours to change upstream manufacturing systems but only minutes to change the case packer supplied by R.A.
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Bagging system

The new Sprint bagger from the SidePouch(TM) Div. of Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) will debut at WestPack. Its unique features-including a rectangular bag opening, adjustable rails and the ability to handle multiple bags simultaneously-make it especially suitable for hard-to-package kit items.
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Reforming FDA

Congress has picked up the pace on FDA reform, with legislation moving in both the House and Senate. Strongly backed by food manufacturers is language in the Senate bill providing that health claims on food labels would be presumed to be authorized if the claim is based on, and consistent with, findings of a federal health agency or of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Blister packaging machine

An operational Model 4SC69 four-station blister packaging machine will be on display at Alloyd (DeKalb, IL). This automatic rotary heat-sealing machine is designed for space efficiency and reliability, and it reaches speeds to 20 cycles/min.
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Flow wrapper for heat- or cold-sealable films

The Pack 300 from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a new servo-driven system for flow wrapping products in heat- or cold-sealable films. Operating at speeds of 300+ packages/min, depending on product and packaging material, the Pack 300 is suitable for multi-shift, non-stop production.
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Alcohol content

A new California labeling law for alcoholic beverages requires all beverages containing more than 5.7% alcohol by volume to declare that content on the label.
Materials Product Brief
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Biodegradable polyester

DuPont Films (Wilmington, DE) has introduced a hydro/biodegradable polyester that is said to decompose without harm to the soil or environment. A modified PET polymer, Biomax can be made into fibers, films or resins, and has a melting point of around 200°C.
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Intermediate bulk container

Greif Bros. (Deleware, OH) has a new modular 275-gal IBC suitable for bulk liquids. Measuring 39.37" W, 47.25" L and 49.60" H, the IBC comprises a blow-molded HDPE bottle, wire mesh cage and an attached wooden pallet.
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Monoblock machine

The K1W fill/plug/cap machine from Korab Eng. (Los Angeles, CA) has been designed for applications using small bottles, such as nail polish. It can reach speeds to 100 bottles/min.
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Eastman announces new LLDPEs

The debate over metallocene technology continued at the National Plastics Exposition '97 when Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) announced two new linear-low-density polyethylenes.
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Dietary supplements Kellogg wants claim Where's the fat?

ACalifornia State Dept. of Conservation study of that state's beverage container recycling law recommends changes that would simplify the way the bottle deposits fund recycling, potentially reducing paperwork for packagers.
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High-speed pouching machine

The PK3000 is a new horizontal form/fill/seal continuous-web pouch machine from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH). The system is 40% smaller than Jones' PK4000.
Supplier News
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Supplier news:

H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN): Ives S. Yohay, mgr.
Validation of Organon?s newest vial labeler was made much easier by a comprehensive validation protocol devised by the vendor.
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Labeler makes the grade

Pharmaceuticals maker Organon, Inc. relied on its equipment vendor to devise a complete validation procedure for its new labeler before it hit the production floor.
Materials Product Brief
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Vertical f/f/s machine

The L-25 Jr. vertical form/fill/seal machine uses an integral in-line fitment applicator to reduce packaging costs by as much as 70% compared to premade pouches, says manufacturer Winpak Lane (San Bernardino, CA).
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The 'slimy' side of FQPA

EPA and FDA are mucking up the approval process for slimicides and additives-at least temporarily. In addition, label changes for germicides are also at issue.

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