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Seaquist Closures Division: Seaquist Closures Division: Upscale bottles

Four new PET bottle designs are now available from Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tonawanda, NY). The single-stage, stretch/blow-molded bottles are suitable for high-end products like skin and personal care and health and beauty aids.
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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.
The bowl is thermoformed from a three-layer sheet that includes a proprietary sealant layer that ensures seal integrity yet stil
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Caito says, 'We'll do it ourselves'

This Indianapolis produce wholesaler is breaking into a whole new market segment as it brings its 12-oz Fresh Line fruit bowls to supermarket produce departments in the Midwest.
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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.
After PET preforms are unscrambled and oriented by an overhead device, they?re sent down this track into a wheel that inverts t
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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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FDA to streamline dietary supplement labels

Agency proposes to shrink options for health claims, product names and symbols that can be used by makers of vitamins, supplements and herbals.
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PET spreads to mayonnaise

Manufacturers looking to stand out from the competition introduce mayonnaise in 32-oz PET bottles. They cite reduced breakage and lower freight costs as plastic's advantages, while cost and shelf life are competitive with glass.
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Portion-pack system

A new Rychiger system from Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) fills hot maple syrup into single-serve portion packs, and seals them at speeds to 50 cups/min.
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B&H Labeling Systems: Shrink labeler

Model 8000 series shrink labeler reduces registration errors and eliminates bottlenecks that occur during change-over, says manufacturer B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA).
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.
PMMI?s Pack Expo site contains a searchable exhibitor listing that doubles as a useful and accurate directory of machinery and
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The Web's new trick: it's now useful

In our daily strolls out onto the Internet, we are noticing that an increasing number of web sites have become more sophisticated, offering genuinely useful information to packagers.
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What packagers want in turnkey projects

Exclusive survey of medium to large manufacturers reveals the services they want-and need. Documentation, engineering design and electrical engineering are the main areas of assistance required.
Materials Product Brief
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Klockner Pentaplast: In-line labeling film

Machine-direction-oriented (MDO) thin film for p-s labels in thicknesses from 2 to 4 mils is now manufactured in-line by Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA).
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Flap-folding infeed

A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) has introduced an infeed device that lowers a case over products instead of lowering products into the case so that manual lifting is not necessary.
Currently the packaging operation at Hemosol is done manually, but plans call for more automation once Hemolink goes commercial
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Longer life for life-saving blood product

SiOX-coated film delivers the barrier properties required for this human blood substitute product. Film clarity lets clinicians perform important visual inspection.
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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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K&R Equipment, Inc: Bag decuffer/top sealer

K&R Equipment's (San Jose, CA) new PBD-AT 3 plastic bag decuffer/top sealing machine automatically decuffs the bag on the lined container filled with product before being sent downstream.

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