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Materials Handling Systems, Inc: Materials Handling Systems, Inc: Packaging/handling systems

Ram Center (Red Wing, MN) will display robotic machinery for cus-tom-designed packaging and materials handling systems. Applications include PET preform feeding systems, PET preform line balancing, PET bottle bulk palletizing, product case loading and case palletizing.
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Labeling for pediatrics

FDA has proposed a rule requiring drug manufacturers to test the safety of some new prescription drugs and biologics for children, determine appropriate dosages and label the product accordingly.
Seven-color gravure printing and designer graphics give the Decas pouch an upscale look
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Decas does cranberries elegantly

Early tests showed real promise, so Decas Cranberry forged ahead with a stand-up, zippered pouch. Gravure-printed graphics in seven colors project premium quality image.
Materials Product Brief
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Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Separating liner

The Tri-Gard® Separating cap liner from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) lets packagers accomplish two goals at once. The multi-layered liner, already inside the cap when supplied to the packaging line, is induction sealed to a plastic bottle to provide a secure seal and tamper evidence.
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Country of origin

Diehards are still attempting to require front panel country-of-origin marking on packages of frozen fruits and vegetables. In the latest developments, Rep.
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Label spells it all out

A new product launch by Alberto Culver receives a major boost from an elaborate booklet/label applied to the back of the container. Now available nationwide in food, drug and mass merchandisers, the Cortexx line of two shampoos and two conditioners contain a special gelatin that can help prevent hair loss by preventing split ends.
Controls Product Brief
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Magnetic cable conveyor

Walker Magnetics (Worcester, MA) will demonstrate a magnetic cable conveyor at the show. It conveys empty or full steel cans at speeds to 1ꯠ/min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
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Flexible package cans aroma

This French coffee producer is the first to use a unique "flexible can" produced by an integrated grinding/packaging system that allows immediate filling and keeps aromas in.
Controls Product Brief
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Desiccare, Inc: Oxygen scavenger

The O-Buster non-toxic, hygienic, odorless oxygen scavenger from Desiccare (Richland, MS) is designed to prevent mold and odor formation and oxidation.
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Dietary guidelines being revised

The National Academy of Sciences has begun a major overhaul of "recommended daily allowances" (RDAs) of nutrients found in food. Nutrition labels on food products indicate the percentage of the RDA supplied by the food product for each nutrient.
Materials Product Brief
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Label Printers: Label stocks

MACtac (Stow, OH) is offering a new product bulletin that features two white film label stocks, Allure® and Polyfilm(TM) 2. The bulletin provides stock selection tips to aide label designers, packagers and label printers on the use of the two stocks.
Materials Product Brief
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Mobile blister packager

The newest version of the EZ Blister(TM) mobile blister packaging machine from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) will be shown at PackExpo West. Designed for low-volume package development, it is suitable for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications.
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Cooking up hot graphics

"It really screams barbecue." That's how Tony Arancio, product buyer at Lechters, Inc., describes the new Cooks Club BBQ line, sold nationally through the Harrison, NJ-based Lechters chain.
Controls Product Brief
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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Low-profile conveyors

Dorner Mfg. (Hartland, WI) offers CE-marked low-profile conveyors and gearmotors that comply with European safety directives. The 2100 Series is offered in widths from 1" to 40", and lengths from 1' to 100'.
Controls Product Brief
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Rotary labeler

The Rotary p-s labeling system from CCL (Monrovia, CA) can be equipped with up to four stepper-drive labeling heads to dispense labels at speeds to 3꽤"/ min.
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Biotech food labeling

Biotechnologically derived foods should be allowed to be marketed as "organic" when appropriate and should not be subject to unnecessary and misleading labeling requirements.
A HACCP system could be force-fed to producers of dietary supplements such as the products (above) produced by Phoenix, AZ-based
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'Open wide!' Down the hatch go GMPs for dietary supplements

FDA may force-feed HACCP system to manufacturers. Companies threaten to gag on new rules.

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