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Rotary blister sealers

Automatic rotary blister sealers from Starview Packaging Machinery (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) are equipped with automatic blister and card feeders, as well as an automatic unloading system for finished product.
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The white roller on a swinging extension arm smoothes down the front of the label even as the case moves forward (above). Cases
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Dual-panel labeling saves General Time

A dual-panel corner-wrap labeler saves $50ꯠ per year over hand labeling and eliminates cumbersome preprinted label inventory.
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Donnybrook over spring brooks

FDA considers whether bottled water labels should carry information on levels of ingredients, contaminants and chemicals.
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Is Bud ready for plastics?

Wondering what the world's biggest brewer thinks about plastic bottles for beer? Anheuser-Busch tipped its hand, ever so slightly, at a recent technical conference.
A combination of hot melt and cold glue placement helps maintain seal integrity on citrus cases (above). Harley Nuckels (lef
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The Sunkist seal of approval

Open cases were a hassle for Sunkist Growers affiliate Baird-Neece Packing Corp. A dual hot and cold glue system solves the problem, and increases output.
A sample print run for a Nestlé frozen novelty wrap promoting Walt Disney?s Hercules movie displays the impression-by-impres
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Digital-on-demand printing opens new markets for converter

Two six-color digital offset presses drive Watson Label Products into the packaging market. Machines specialize in short-run production of flexibles used primarily for prototyping and promotional purposes.
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American-Newlong, Inc: Pinch-bag sealer

American-Newlong's (Indianapolis, IN) PBC-S automatic pinch-bag sealer uses a carrier chain to seal multiwall paper bags at speeds to 45/min. A hot air blower is used to reactivate preapplied hot melt.
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Catching the rays (sidebar)

Old MacDonald never had this kind of farm
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FOX IV Technologies: FOX IV Technologies: Label printer/applicator

The 8031 label printer from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) uses a Datamax MAX print engine to print text, bar codes and graphics at speeds to 10"/sec, and 203 dpi.
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Eye drug warnings

Labels of popular OTC eye allergy relief drugs such as Pfizer's Visine, Ross Labs' Murine Tears Plus and Clear Eyes ACR, Bausch & Lomb's Sensitive Eyes, and other vasoconstrictor drugs containing ephedrine, naphazoline, phenylephrine, and tetrahydrozaline should include the warning "Pupils may become dilated (enlarged)," according to an FDA proposal.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
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Fernqvist Labeling Solutions: Thermal printer

The FLS 6200 thermal printer from Fernqvist Labeling Solutions (Mountain View, CA) prints labels in widths up to 6" at a rate of 6"/sec, at a print resolution of 203 dpi.
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Illicit relabeling

Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.
The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
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Changes in drug packaging?

Among the findings presented at a January 8 hearing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was this disturbing FDA estimate: Some 1.3 million people are injured each year in the U.S.
Designed to minimize operator bending, a custom carriage stop allows the film to stop at any height
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Carton producer stretches savings

Paper company Rock-Tenn switches from a shrink wrapping system to a customized stretch wrapper to unitize skids of paper. Benefits stretch beyond expectations.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Palletizing retention device

A-B-C Packaging Machine's (Tarpon Springs, FL) innovative layer retention device for the Model 108 low-level bulk depalletizer is designed to eliminate problems caused when unloading bottles that have shifted during shipping.

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