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In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Trial blister packaging system

The Trialpack 600 from Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL) is designed for fully automated clinical trial packaging. Its machine vision system makes it suited for randomized and blinded clinical trials.
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Case-ready packaging options

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed a brochure outlining an innovative range of case-ready packaging options to help packagers offer a greater variety of pre-packaged, premium-quality foods.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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Skimming fat, not nutrients

FDA has issued new rules on milk labeling designed to eliminate consumer confusion about the fat content of milk and milk products. Until now, milk was not held to the same nutrition labeling standards as other products on the use of terms like "low fat." As a result, many consumers believed skim milk contained fewer nutrients than other types, and that 2% milk was low fat.
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CR packages: another bone of contention

Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Depalletizer

A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) offers a brochure detailing the Model 108 Bulk Container Depalletizer. The depalletizer allows packagers to save floor space by using overhead container transport for glass or plastic containers, metal cans and composite containers interchangeably.
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Replacing Kessler at FDA

The man who changed the face of food package labels is leaving the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress and industry are waiting to see who is named to succeed Dr.
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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
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FDA taking new look at medical foods

FDA is re-evaluating its regulation of "medical foods" and is seeking comments on the criteria used to determine if a product meets the definition of a medical food, appropriate safety standards, claim substantiation, labeling, quality control procedures and postmarketing surveillance requirements.
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Stepper motor labeler

The AD-2550 stepper motor applicator from Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT) replaces the clutch/brake system of the AD-2500. The 2550's compact 15" design integrates with most vertical form/fill/seal machines, horizontal overwrappers and baggers.
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Pallet unwrapper

MSK Covertech (Marietta, GA) has introduced the Defotech fully automatic pallet unwrap-ping machine. Designed for applications where large quantities of shrink or stretch film must be removed from pallets on a daily basis, the Defotech can unwrap up to 60 pallets/hr and then transfer the film to a baler or conveyor.
McKesson is among the first in the U.S. to use this handled six-pack bundle (left); the Crystal brand is one of three sold by th
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Six-pack bundles get a handle on water market

In its new bottling line, McKesson Water tries a six-pack concept common in Europe but still new to the U.S. Shrink wrapping and tray-packing also shine.
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Blister-pack thermoform/fill/seal system

The Ministar-VAL from Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) is a pneu-matically driven thermoform/fill/seal system designed for pharmaceutical applications. It can produce PVC/aluminum or ampule blister packs at speeds to 40 cycles/min.
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Conveyors and automation

FlexLink Systems Co. (Bethlehem, PA) has introduced an updated full-color brochure that provides an overview of the full line of FlexLink conveyor and automation component products.
Pressing arrow keys on the touchscreen display (above) trains the camera to focus in on the date/lot code. One touchscreen disp
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Easy PC controlfor machine vision

Upsher-Smith Laboratories uses off-the-shelf PC hardware for an all-in-one video capture/bar-code scanning inspection system to satisfy FDA labeling regs while keeping false rejects low.
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Proximity sensors

A new ultrasonic series of 18-mm, cylindrical proximity sensors is now available from Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH). Applications for the Model SM600/SM650 include cap presence and/or tilt detection, fill-level check, nonmetallic container counting, fill-tube presence monitoring, downed container detection and case inspection.

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