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Produce, meat labeling

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) scored a major victory when an amendment requiring front panel country-of-origin labeling on frozen produce was dropped before being included in the Senate's FY '99 Agriculture Appropriations bill.
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Rubbermaid compacts damage (sidebar)

CertainTeed taps metallocene for compression packaging
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Amoco Polymers: High-clarity PP

Amoco Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) has released new product literature on ACCLEAR(TM) high- clarity polypropylene. ACCLEAR grades are well-suited to thermoforming, injection molding, extrusion blow molding and stretch/blow-molding processes.
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MG America: Tube filler

The C135 tube filler from MG America (Fairfield, NJ) fills a wide range of tube compositions, manually or automatically, at speeds to 70 tubes/min.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Dunsirn Industries' (Neenah, WI) fourth U.S. web materials converting facility began processing orders from its new 90ꯠ sq' facility in Reno, NV, in early May.
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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.
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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.
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thermoformers

The multi-purpose thermoformer from Rigo (Milan, Italy) can produce blisters, covers, plates and trays. Both negative and positive molds can be used.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI); Tharco (San Lorenzo, CA); Scapa Tapes North America (Windsor, CT); Hi-Speed Checkweigher, Inc.
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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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.
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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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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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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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