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A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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AquaPenn bottles Gerber, adds band

Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Replacing Kessler at FDA

The man who changed the face of food package labels is leaving the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress and industry are waiting to see who is named to succeed Dr.
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Proximity sensors

A new ultrasonic series of 18-mm, cylindrical proximity sensors is now available from Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH). Applications for the Model SM600/SM650 include cap presence and/or tilt detection, fill-level check, nonmetallic container counting, fill-tube presence monitoring, downed container detection and case inspection.
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Skimming fat, not nutrients

FDA has issued new rules on milk labeling designed to eliminate consumer confusion about the fat content of milk and milk products. Until now, milk was not held to the same nutrition labeling standards as other products on the use of terms like "low fat." As a result, many consumers believed skim milk contained fewer nutrients than other types, and that 2% milk was low fat.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Graphics, coex make for noteworthy tube

Colgate-Palmolive Canada is counting on graphics representing a trio of Looney Tunes characters from Space Jam to spark sales of its Colgate Junior brand toothpaste.
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CR mouthwash packaging

Rexam (Evansville, IN) has introduced CR packaging for mouthwash. It consists of injection stretch/ blow-molded PET and PP CR jigger closures. The 8- and 16-oz sizes are available with a 28-mm finish.
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Infant formula GMPs could be something to cry about

Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.
The sterile bath for the lidding material, shown here with the door open, is normally filled with a water solution that?s 35% H2
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Dairy makes markets abroad

German dairy starts up two aseptic thermoform/fill/seal lines that produce yogurt and pudding with a 130-day unrefrigerated shelf life.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
Video monitors in the background display an image of the printed film taken by a camera mounted above the press. Press operator
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Duralam presses for short and sweet runs

Flexible packaging converter Duralam is among the first to use a quick changeover flexo press for short-run jobs. One of its most challenging is a reverse-printed OPP structure used for bags of Sun*Maid candy.
As a group of bottles is conveyed right to left in the case packer, one of the eight heads of gripping bells moves into position
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New bottle packers help Modelo deal with refillables

Southern Mexican brewery installs high-speed rotary bottle packers that are now used throughout Modelo's system. Efficency soars even with returnable cases of marginal quality.
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Mexico has new labeling rule

Commercial products sold in Mexico are subject to new labeling requirements that took effect November 1, 1996. The rule outlines the language that must be included on consumer product labels and defines terms, including packaging, labels and tags, instructions, guarantees, and the principal display panel.
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Palletizer/stretch wrapper

The Stackwrap(TM) is a new automatic palletizer/stretch wrap- per from Crown-Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA). Cases, cartons, bags, pails and trays are lifted, shuttled horizontally and positioned on pallets, slip sheets, or directly on the machine's turntable, where they are wrapped at speeds of four cycles/min.
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Warnings up in smoke

Rep. Martin Meehan, D-MA, wants to see tougher warning labels on cigarette packages and is developing legislation he hopes to introduce when the new 105th Congress convenes in January.
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Pharmaceutical shrink film bundler

The DuraTech 2000 S-PH Pharmaceutical shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) is designed with a compact footprint that measures only 8' L.

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