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Machine operator Martha Johnson evaluates finished bottles slated for overseas distribution as they move along the line at the O
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Bottles grow 'greener' with PCR

It took three years of development work, HDPE bottles produced for Clorox household cleaners by Owens-Brockway now incorporate 25% PCR material.
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FDA proposes OTC drug label overhaul

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new easy-to-understand label for the nearly 100ꯠ brand-name and private-label OTC drugs it regulates.
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Revamped lines and switch to bags trigger savings
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Mead Containerboard (Atlanta, GA): Kenneth F. Hanway, vp, converting operations.
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Labeling updates

Following is a brief wrap-up of recent labeling-related news: * FDA has established January 1, 2000, as the single effective date for required label changes issued during 1997.
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P-s labeler

Accraply's (Hopkins, MN) new Model 350S p-s labeler is designed to apply film or paper wraparound labels to small containers, including glass and plastic bottles, vials and test tubes.
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Homemade look for wine package

Montevina Winery's new Cucina Mista wine has a label that is especially refreshing for its simple rustic appeal. Italian for "kitchen mix," the wine is a blend of 20 different red table wines produced by this St.
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Flat product carrier

The Series 985 compact flat product carrier from Dalemark Industries (Lakewood, NJ) incorporates vacuum suction and shuttle feed platform to insure continuous, smooth delivery of flat products to the product identification system at speeds to 150 items/min.
3. Envirogluv technology used to decorate this Revlon container is energy efficient and uses inks that are free of heavy metals.
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Setting up shop

Merck, Revlon and Clorox developed unique packaging technology for their own use. Now those developments are generating revenue through licensing to other firms.
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Avoiding eco-seals

Coming up with international eco-labeling standards that don't impede U.S. packagers is important, according to Karil Kochenderfer, director of environmental affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), testifying before Congress in late February.
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Compact cartoner

The Series 460 compact cartoning machine from Scandia Packaging Machinery (Clifton, NJ) uses the Rapid Adjustment Package (RAP) for rapid changeovers of carton sizes.
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SouthPack to unveil 'Gallery of Packaging'

The Creative Packaging Show, 500 exhibitors, a Scan Tech pavilion and a wide-ranging conference program-it's all part of SouthPack, set to attract 11ꯠ to Atlanta's World Congress Center, May 6 to 8.
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Proximity sensor

The WTR photoelectric proximity sensor from SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) is specifically designed for accumulation, loading and unloading applications on roller conveyors.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Stork Bepak B.V., Stork Biviator B.V., and Stork Conveyor Systems B.V. have merged to form Stork BP&L B.V. (Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands)
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Quick-change capability

Marq Packaging System's (Yakima, WA) new quick-changeover (QC) capability is controlled through a PLC so that most axes can be changed simultaneously.
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Shrink wrapper

Model CSI-20 is an automatic in-line continuous-motion shrink wrapper from Packaging Machines Intl. (Elk Grove Village, IL) that can wrap unstrapped bundles of magazines or catalogs at speeds to 55 bundles/min.
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Pouches stand up around the globe

Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.
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Sealing system

A new sealing system from TPA-Voneiff/Gibson (Baltimore, MD) has two film feeds and a side-sealing mechanism that can be used to shrink wrap or sleeve wrap product at speeds to 120'/min.

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