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Fun's the focus

As children continue to gain influence in purchasing decisions, manufacturers are using packaging as a way to attract their attention. Bel/Kaukauna is a good example.
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Friction feeder

Multifeeder Technology's (Little Canada, MN) new high-speed friction feeder is said to use a revolutionary feeding mechanism that uses friction to separate and feed products with virtually no damage to the products.
Gillette?s new HDPE bottle (right) has an inner PET bottle that?s pleated (top),  surrounded by a rubber sleeve and filled under
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Gillette bets on pressurized plastic bottle

The initial mass-market application of an innovative pressurized dispensing system permits Gillette to offer a shave gel in a plastic container for the first time.
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OTC drug uniformity

Provisions of the newly passed FDA modernization law guarantee one national system of regulation for OTC drugs, including labeling requirements. The law prohibits states from imposing different or additional requirements from those of FDA.
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Bold new look for Valvoline

The Valvoline Co.'s new "global" brand identity began reaching the marketplace this October in the form of DuraBlend, the company's semi-synthetic blend of motor oil.
On-line tech support manuals can be a convenient resource.
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Experimenting with Web-based tech support

Frustrated with flipping through a manual to solve a tech support problem?
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Medical device labeling proposal assailed

The Health Industry Manufacturers Assn. (HIMA) doesn't support the draft guidance on medical device labeling developed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).
Trays loaded with Keebler?s chocolate chip cookies are conveyed through the metal detector and onto the platform of the checkwei
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Combo checkweigher/metal detectors save space for Keebler

Compact and highly accurate, combo checkweighers and metal detectors at Keebler's Macon, GA, bakery are meeting special needs.
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Plastipak: Tamper evident finish

Plastipak Packaging (Plymouth, MI) has introduced a new TE neck finish on its range of injection stretch/blow-molded hot-fillable PET bottles. When the plastic closure is twisted off and the TE band breaks away from it, the dimensions of the bottle finish permit the band to drop down significantly lower (left) than on industry-standard bottles (right).
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Bennies celebrate labels

The Printing Industries of America (Alexandria, VA) recently named its Benny winners, which are the Best of Category winners in the 1997 Premier Print Awards, a prestigious worldwide graphic arts competition.
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What's SAFE from OSHA? (sidebar)

EPA loosens up on labels
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X-ray fill-level inspection

The TapTone (N. Falmouth, MA) Ray Trak fill-level inspection system uses x-ray tube technology to check fill levels in bottles, cans and jars at speeds to 2ꯠ/min.
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Net weight criticism

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has told FDA its proposed rule on net quantity of contents compliance is "flawed in several key areas." The proposed rule establishes procedures for evaluating whether the label declaration of contents matches actual contents.
The rubber-stoppered and aluminum-crimped 100-mL glass bottles are sold under Phoenix?s own label as well as that of its distrib
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Liquid filling goes custom

Veterinary injectibles maker Phoenix Scientific develops a customized time-pressure filler, the first all-new machine from a supplier that was historically a rebuilder. Benefits include high accuracy, low cost and excellent service.
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Servo control offers labeling latitude (sidebar)

This is the story of the in-line capper that almost got away. When the Nutrilite Div. of Amway Corp. wanted to double the speed of its vitamin packaging line, management was leaning toward a rotary capper.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cognex Surface Inspection Systems Div. (Lachine, Quebec, Canada) has moved to 2196 32nd Ave., Lachine, Quebec, Canada H8T 3H7; phone: 514/420-0000, fax: 514/636-3749.
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Labeling capabilities

Tape and Label Engineering (St. Petersburg, FL) has come out with a brochure that details the company's labeling capabilities. The company designs, manufactures and prints p-s primary labels and tags.
The paper filter unwind and bagging unit are shown close-up (left), while the overwrapping station appears above. Finished ov
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Vf/f/s percolates at S&D Coffee

To meet the growing sales demands of its foodservice and institutional customers, this Concord, NC, roaster fills ground coffee into a paper filter bag then overwraps between one and five bags in plastic film on the same machine. Strong sales help S&D reap a six-month payback on the unusual machine.

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