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USDA hints at scrapping prior label approval

The U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture may be moving toward turning over all labeling responsibilities to industry and ending its prior label approval program.
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Web Systems, Inc: Chill-roll system

The Ion Storm 200 electrostatic chill-roll tacking system from Web Systems (Boulder, CO) aims to increase productivity for film extruding, converting and printing applications.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Novapak Corp. (Eatontown, NJ) has introduced PET stretch/blow-molding capability to its Paris, IL, operation and boosted capacity of injection-molded PET preforms by 33%.
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Tube filler/closer

Modular King Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the Kugler K30-7 tube filler and closer. Designed with accuracy and repeatability in mind, it bottom-up fills laminate or metal tubes at speeds to 60/min.
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BWI Inex: Inspection system

BWI Inex Vision Systems' (Clearwater, FL) patented Prolaser non-contact dimensional gauging system automatically inspects glass and plastic containers.
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Aoki Laboratory America: Stretch/blow-molder

The SBIII-350LL-40 direct heat conditioning stretch/blow-molding machine from Aoki Laboratory America (Elk Grove Village, IL) produces narrow-necked, oval, round, square and cone-shaped bottles from PET, PE, PEN and PP resins.
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: Windows capability for fillers

New weigh fillers from U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) now use an operator interface that operates with Windows(TM) 95 or Windows NT. Display and audio are available in five languages.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (Thorofare, NJ): Thomas B. Upshur, senior dir., radio frequency identification (RFID) marketing and product management.
Materials Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Bulk can palletizer

The Simpli-Pal 3000 bulk can palletizer from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) includes an isometric air bed in the laning area that uses a precisely controlled air pattern to protect empty cans from pressure and impact damage on high-speed filling lines.
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Drug labeling for the elderly

The Alliance for Aging Research, an umbrella organization for geriatrics-related study groups, has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services develop a list of medications that are "potentially inappropriate for use in older persons" and another "red alert" list of medications that rarely, if ever, should be used with the elderly.
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Poultry labeling

USDA has expanded its so-called "70-30 rule" for meat labeling to apply to poultry, as well. That means no label changes are necessary when two types of poultry ingredients are present in processed foods in slightly varying amounts.
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Packagers predict future trends

Consolidation/globalization, the shift to flexibles and system speed/automation top a list of emerging trends cited by packagers, according to new PMMI research.
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Henney to head FDA

Dr. Jane E. Henney, vice president for health sciences at the University of New Mexico, has been nominated as the new commissioner of the FDA, succeeding her former boss Dr.
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Adhesives help Chelsea Milling stick to quality

Two hot melts and one cold-glue adhesive are instrumental in allowing this Michigan miller to package more than a million cartons every day. Bundling and tray packing have been upgraded, too, and ink-jet printing of corrugated shippers is a big improvement.
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Tiger thermoforms paper/plastic structure for cheese

Swiss company is believed first to use cellulose in a thermoform/fill/seal package for shelf-stable packs of cheese. The 20-g packs of cheese were introduced in the U.S. in June.
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Markem-Imaje: Label printer/applicator

Cimjet 331 is Markem's (Keene, NH) newest digital bar-code label printer/applicator. Using air-jet technology, it employs a unique diffuser to evenly distribute pressure over the label surface.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Brenton Eng. (Alexandria, MN) has added the Roberts line of cartoners to its current line of case packaging machinery.
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Looking for a packaging edge? Explore technology's promises

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