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Efector, Inc: Bus-based components

efector Inc. (Exton, PA) has released a new family of master controller modules, slave modules, power suppliers, cables, software and accessories that will allow supplier's sensors and switches to be connected on a simple, two-wire bus system.
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Pregnancy labeling changes

FDA plans to revise its regulatory requirements for the pregnancy section of pharmaceutical labeling. An advanced notice of proposed rulemaking will put forth "preliminary proposals for changing the current requirements and will invite comments on all aspects of the notice." This is a long-term action and FDA gave no timetable.
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Future shock (sidebar)

Blue-sky packaging ideas
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Inventing a super-premium category

Upscale packaging is being put to the test by Corby Distilleries (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in a launch of three new super-premium Canadian whiskeys.
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets (sidebar)

While it contains no liquid, Quaker Oats' new "dual pack" for its 100% Natural Granola is bound to make waves in the cold cereal category.
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Stronger alcohol labeling?

Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) introduced legislation to amend the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act to include more information in the message warning of negative health effects associated with drinking alcohol.
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The incredible power of shrink packaging

Shrink packaging of bottles, jars, cups and other rigid containers has amazing product merchandising and protection powers. While assuring the wholesomeness of food and beverages contained, shrink packaging can also transform a container frog into a packaging prince.
This simplified drawing shows a SERCOS network that connects the drives and the motion controller, which in turn is connected to
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Hershey 'opens' up for digital motion control (sidebar)

What SERCOS is and isn't
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Updated PMMI Directory

PMMI's (Arlington, VA) 1998-99 Packaging Machinery Directory is now available. The directory provides detailed information and contacts for more than 400 U.S., and for the first time, Canadian companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery.
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Mexican regs update

A new guidebook purports to help packagers exporting to Mexico comply with that country's food labeling regulations. "Food Products Labeling Guide: Mexican Standards," published by the National Food Processors Assn., contains clarifications of key standards that took effect in 1997.
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Packagers tell insects: 'Stop bugging us!'

New EPA rule simplifies the procedures for gaining a tolerance exemption.Arrival of insect repellent approved for use in food packaging heralds new era of chemical coatings that ward off bugs and germs.
Among Nabisco?s global product offerings is this flexible structure for Oreo cookies marketed in Indonesia
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Packagers ponder global opportunities for flexibles

Packaging executives from Procter & Gamble, Nabisco and Phoenix Packaging Resources discuss flexible packaging priorities and challenges in markets around the globe.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Pak Sak Industries (Sparta, MI) now offers six-color, wide-web flexographic printing following the purchase of a central impression printing press.
To help the company make the package design conversion, Interbrand Gerstman+Meyers tailored its Brand Wizard software program fo
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Multinational pharmaceutical maker designs standards

Newly merged Hoechst Marion Roussel gets design help to unify the look of primary packages produced anywhere in the world. Package type and size standards are the next step.
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No 'organic' label for some foods

Bombarded with a record 150ꯠ comments to its organic labeling proposal, most of them critical, the U.S. Department of Agriculture apparently will rule that genetically engineered and irradiated foods, and crops fertilized with sewage sludge, may not be labeled "organic." Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman had received letters from members of Congress criticizing the organic labeling proposal.
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Viskase Corporation: Clear shrink film

Clear-Loc® 55 multilayer cross-linked polyolefin heat-shrinkable film is available from Viskase (Chicago, IL). Designed for manual, semi-automatic or automatic shrink wrapping equipment.
The introduction of a heat-sealing system (left) combined with in-bag pasteurization gives Quality Bakery?s newest product a six
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A bread-winning package

An unusual method of in-bag pasteurization extends bread shelf life to six months, offering this Canadian bakery expanded distribution opportunities. Unique stand-up bag attracts attention.
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Dalemark Industries Inc: Blister card printer data sheet

A new data sheet covering the Novexx Xxtreme thermal-transfer blister card printer is now available from Dalemark Industries (Lakewood, NJ). At speeds to 10"/sec, the printer is suitable for textiles, tickets, and varnished and non-varnished stacks in widths from 1.2" to 6.1".

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