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Stars and balloons are among the instantly recognizable symbols that P&G now uses to help make it easy for consumers to recogniz
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Symbols help P&G help consumers

To combat consumer confusion when repurchasing feminine protection products, P&G adds recognizable symbols to its Always-brand package.
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Unitrak Corp.: Case packer

The Efficia 300 Layer Packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) provides a fast and efficient way to automatically layer and fill cases of pouched products.
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Lozenges are blister-packed, flow-wrapped

Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.
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Food innovations on display at U.K. show

Two notable packages uncovered at Pakex 98, held recently in Birmingham, England, both come from food marketers. One is for soup, the other for a product designed to look like Chinese take-out food.
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Slautterback Corp.: Hot melt data sheet

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is offering a full-color data sheet describing its new HD1 Head Driver designed to enhance electric head-valve performance in a hot melt adhesive applicator system.
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Bulk weigher/auger filler

AMS Filling Systems' (Malvern, PA) Model A-110-Lynx net weigher bulk-and-dribble auger filler fills powders and granular products as well as thin or viscous liquids, in weights from 1 oz to several hundred lb.
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Corner labeler

The ApplyPro Corner Wrap(TM) is designed to print and apply a bar-code label on two adjacent sides of a case or carton using a unique vacuum system. This tamp/wipe system comes equipped with a Zebra printer.
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Graphic Packaging Intl.: Continuous-motion cartoner

Minnesota Automation's (Crosby, MN) new continuous-motion cartoner can run cartons from 11/2" x 3/4" x 4" to 7" x 3" x 7" at speeds to 250/min.
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Slautterback Corp.: Hot melt applicator

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) has introduced the JR-5 hot melt adhesive applicator. It is a manually operated, self-contained system consisting of a melt unit and the LF Handgun attached to an electronically heated hose.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Krones AG (Neutraubling, Germany) has purchased the assets of Kettner (Rosenheim, Germany), a maker of palletizers, and will continue to operate the company as a subsidiary.
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition (sidebar)

Additional NACD award winners: Drug & Pharmaceutical category
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Bar-code printer

Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA) offers the Solus® desktop bar-code label printer in direct-thermal or thermal-transfer models. Solus printers can print bar codes, labels and tags at 3"/sec, at a 203-dpi resolution.
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Folding carton board

Kraftpak® folding carton board from the Kraft Division of Westvaco (New York, NY) provides a uniform print surface for applications including retail and foodservice food and beverage cartons.
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PVC containers

Plastic Bottle Corp. (Libertyville, IL) has added Faceted Oval PVC containers to its line of cosmetics/personal care containers. Available in two sizes, the 2-oz bottle has a 20/415 neck finish or a 20-mm finish built to accommodate a linerless, threaded valve seal closure by Packaging Design Group.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Westvaco's (New York, NY) Dr. Richard E. Nordgren won the George Olmsted Award from the American Forest and Paper Assn. for developing an improved register controller for high-speed converting equipment.
A pallet load of Canadian Club rides along a roller conveyor towards stretch wrapping. Palletization and stretch wrapping tasks
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Conveyors bridge the gap for Hiram Walker

Conveyors carry cases of glass-bottled spirits over a bridge for palletization and stretch wrapping. That saves this Canadian distiller more than $500ꯠ per year.
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Packaging power prominent at HBA Global Expo '98

The power of packaging in marketing cosmetics and personal care products will be a major theme at this year's HBA Global Expo '98, June 8 to 10 at New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Slautterback (Monterey, CA): Bob Gragg, market group mgr., graphic arts & converting; Jim Kelley, market mgr., graphic arts & converting.

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