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Silica gel packs for pharmaceuticals

Engelhard (Iselin, NJ) has introduced a new line of adsorbent products designed for use by the pharmaceutical industry. DryGuard® Silica Gel Gram Packs help main-tain the activity of moisture-sensitive chemicals and the potency of pharmaceuticals.
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Materials Product Brief
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
Feature Article
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United Distillers bulks up on savings (sidebar)

Case taper flies at United Distillers
Materials Product Brief
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
An array of print heads on both sides of the conveyor leading to finished goods inventory lets Borden print variable information
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On-line case printing supports ECR at Borden

In addition to simplified inventory, faster changeovers, and material cost savings, on-line case coding at six Borden plants means faster response to customer needs.
Controls Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
News
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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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Retailers' influence strengthens over packaging

ECR, pre-built displays and J-I-T delivery are just three reasons why many retailers are now calling the shots on both primary and secondary packaging. Three of the largest manufacturers help converters understand how they respond.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
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No-fluff package

O'Tec, Inc., one of the few producers of bagged cotton candy for the retail market, attributes much of its success to the high-barrier flexible bag it uses to protect the spun sugar from moisture.
At its new Wautoma, WI, plant, Atrium?s automatic line relies heavily on a new dual tablet/capsule counter/filler (above) and in
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Atrium earns an 'A' for bottle sealing

Induction sealing was so effective at three other plants that food supplement maker Atrium added a fourth machine at its new plant in Wautoma, WI. A fifth machine is expected shortly.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) acquired certain business interests of Feeder Systems (Vista, CA). Hoppmann also acquired exclusive rights to a labeler line from Applied Technologies, Inc.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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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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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.
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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AquaPenn bottles Gerber, adds band

Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.

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