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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rockwell Automation (Minneapolis, MN) and Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) announced they have entered into a letter of intent to form a global relationship.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices (sidebar)

FDA unfreezes 'healthy' label
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Exploring the metallocene 'revolution'

In recent years, Packaging World and other publications have reported on current news and applications where the properties of metallocene-based resins have enhanced the performance of packaging materials.
Controls Product Brief
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Extrusion blow-molding machines

The CMP single-and twin-station blow molders from Central Machinery (Bombay, India) come with or without de-flashing systems and are modular in design.
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FDA to streamline dietary supplement labels (sidebar)

FDA 'dumps' laxative package
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Lantech Inc: Straddle stretch wrapping system

Designed to unitize light, tall or unstable loads, Lantech's (Louisville, KY) S-3503 S-Series(TM) automated straddle stretch wrapping system can wrap 75 to 90 loads/hr, depending on load height.
Procter & Gamble?s redesigned 64- and 128-oz bottles of Crisco (above) now reflect the chevron-bedecked look of the rest of the
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Crisco goes on a diet

Larger bottle sizes of Procter & Gamble's venerable Crisco oils now have the proprietary shape of the rest of the line, and they weigh 25% less than before.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices

Agency specifies explicit warning statement for juices that aren't pasteurized. But NFPA wanted more.
Materials Product Brief
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Perfecseal, a Bemis Co.: Puncture-resistant film

Perfecseal (Philadelphia, PA) introduces PerfecFlex® Ice(TM), a forming film for medical packaging made from coextruded PE and nylon resins. The 2-mil film provides superior strength and puncture-resistance to protect against package failure and pin holes typically caused by devices shifting inside the cavity of the package.
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Rubbermaid compacts damage (sidebar)

CertainTeed taps metallocene for compression packaging
Supplier News
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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MRM/Elgin Corp.: Capper

MRM Elgin's (Menomonie, WI) Versa-Cap capper applies plastic or metal continuous-thread caps onto plastic, metal or glass containers at speeds to 240 caps/min, depending on cap and bottle size, material and spacing.
Controls Product Brief
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Terco, Inc: Rotary filler

The Multi-Station Rotary (MSR) filler from the Liquid Filling Div. of Terco (Bloomingdale, IL) incorporates the benefits of continuous motion in a variable-speed base for smooth container handling and reduced footprint.
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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.
Rubbermaid?s new brick-sized mop package is one-third the size of its previous pack (above). Six brick packs are now shrink-bund
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Rubbermaid compacts damage

Mop heads are compression-packed to one-third their original size and then shrink-wrapped. Other benefits: lower material costs, zero damage and storage efficiencies.
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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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