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Packagers tell insects: 'Stop bugging us!'

New EPA rule simplifies the procedures for gaining a tolerance exemption.Arrival of insect repellent approved for use in food packaging heralds new era of chemical coatings that ward off bugs and germs.
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Parvex, Inc: Brushless servomotors

New H Series servomotors from Parvex (Elmsford, NY) are brushless, permanent-magnet synchronous motors with resolver feedback driven by digital servo amplifiers.
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Magnetic palletizing heads

Walker Magnetics (Worcester, MA) offers a line of magnetic palletizing/depalletizing heads that operate with hydraulics or pneumatics without external moving parts.
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Pregnancy labeling changes

FDA plans to revise its regulatory requirements for the pregnancy section of pharmaceutical labeling. An advanced notice of proposed rulemaking will put forth "preliminary proposals for changing the current requirements and will invite comments on all aspects of the notice." This is a long-term action and FDA gave no timetable.
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Catalog cites package decorating source books

Jelmar Publishing Co. (Plainview, NY) has a 16-page catalog that lists 32 books and studies that focus on packaging and package printing. Seven new books are listed in the two-color catalog.
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Viskase Corporation: Clear shrink film

Clear-Loc® 55 multilayer cross-linked polyolefin heat-shrinkable film is available from Viskase (Chicago, IL). Designed for manual, semi-automatic or automatic shrink wrapping equipment.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Vertical form/fill/seal system

Triangle Package Machinery's (Chicago, IL) Advantage CM vertical f/f/s system is designed for minimal maintenance. Its cross-seal jaw drive uses torsional couplings instead of sliding shafts, bushings, cams, springs and other linkage.
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From soup to sauce, easy-grip PET

Hot-filled plastic jars with pinched-grip sides took center stage in May as Seneca Foods and Campbell Soup both unveiled intriguing new containers with similar-looking grips.
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets (sidebar)

While it contains no liquid, Quaker Oats' new "dual pack" for its 100% Natural Granola is bound to make waves in the cold cereal category.
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Updated PMMI Directory

PMMI's (Arlington, VA) 1998-99 Packaging Machinery Directory is now available. The directory provides detailed information and contacts for more than 400 U.S., and for the first time, Canadian companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery.
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Eat-in tray for single-serve cereal

Spotted by PW editors at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was a 1.7-oz microwavable single-serve paperboard tray with integral lid for hot cereal from Nature's Path Foods, Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
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Future shock (sidebar)

Blue-sky packaging ideas
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Conveyor Systems, Inc: Modular conveyors

From Quickdraw Conveyor Systems (Burnsville, MN) comes conveyors designed for handling disk drive components and semiconductor wafers. The MR Series accumulating conveyors have independent verification of their cleanliness along with slip-driven rollers attached to aluminum support rails that produce smooth, quiet conveyor movement with minimal power requirements.
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Future shock (sidebar)

Controlling the future of packaging
A stand-up pouch with a pour spout is expected to help Nu Skin?s SportaGEL energy gel stand apart from the competition when it?s
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets

A stand-up, spouted pouch for an energy gel filled in the U.S. and sold in Japan, a first-of-its-kind milk pouch in Germany, and a stand-up frozen fruit pouch MAP-packed in Costa Rica illustrate the global power of the pouch.
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Orion Packaging Systems: Stretch wrapper leasing

Orion Packaging Systems (Memphis, TN) is now offering a leasing program that gives manufacturers an alternative to purchasing packaging equipment. The program is called Orion Financial Services and is fully deductible as a business expense.
Just ahead of the labeler, air knives (above) dry the bottles to make them more receptive to the labels. The rotary cold-glue l
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Craft brewer launches bottles for retail

Toronto specialty on-premise brewer parlays recent developments in filling, capping and labeling machines to install a bottling line in its very own basement.
To help the company make the package design conversion, Interbrand Gerstman+Meyers tailored its Brand Wizard software program fo
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Multinational pharmaceutical maker designs standards

Newly merged Hoechst Marion Roussel gets design help to unify the look of primary packages produced anywhere in the world. Package type and size standards are the next step.

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