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Fun's the focus

As children continue to gain influence in purchasing decisions, manufacturers are using packaging as a way to attract their attention. Bel/Kaukauna is a good example.
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A truly consistent line

With the introduction of Spiderwire® Super Mono fishing line, sports manufacturer Johnson Worldwide Associates decided to streamline the look of its entire Spiderwire product line.
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Romaco, Inc: Vision system for blisters

The Visycam 1010 Intelligent Camera from Romaco (Morris Plains, NJ) detects for presence and product fragmentation by analyzing shape, area and perimeter in blisters.
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Net weight criticism

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has told FDA its proposed rule on net quantity of contents compliance is "flawed in several key areas." The proposed rule establishes procedures for evaluating whether the label declaration of contents matches actual contents.
The rubber-stoppered and aluminum-crimped 100-mL glass bottles are sold under Phoenix?s own label as well as that of its distrib
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Liquid filling goes custom

Veterinary injectibles maker Phoenix Scientific develops a customized time-pressure filler, the first all-new machine from a supplier that was historically a rebuilder. Benefits include high accuracy, low cost and excellent service.
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DVT Corporation: Motion and position sensors

SmartImage Sensors from DVT (Norcross, GA) are low-cost, high-performance sensors that combine machine vision and intelligence so that position, orientation and identification deviations can be located and corrected.
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What's SAFE from OSHA? (sidebar)

EPA loosens up on labels
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ARPAC LLC: Shrink bundler

The Brandpac® BPTW-70 is a new high-speed shrink bundler from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL) capable of wrapping up to 70 trays/min. Its smooth overlap sealing system eliminates unsightly welded seams.
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Emplex Systems Inc: Continuous rotary band sealers

The patented MPS 6000 Series of continuous rotary band sealers is new from Emplex Systems (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada). Add-on options include front-end trimmers, printers and embossers.
On-line tech support manuals can be a convenient resource.
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Experimenting with Web-based tech support

Frustrated with flipping through a manual to solve a tech support problem?
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Vertical cartoners

The VCL Series of ProLine vertical cartoners from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is aimed at private-label manufacturers and contract packagers who require application flexibility.
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Flow wrapper

The new Flowtronic 120AB flow wrapper from GEI Autowrappers (Wayne, PA) uses an Allen-Bradley PLC and a three-axis servomotor drive system for flexibility in a range of applications.
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Bennies celebrate labels

The Printing Industries of America (Alexandria, VA) recently named its Benny winners, which are the Best of Category winners in the 1997 Premier Print Awards, a prestigious worldwide graphic arts competition.
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Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Inc: Pharmaceutical checkweighers

Hi-Speed Checkweigher's (Ithaca, NY) TopLine series of checkweighers are designed to meet pharmaceutical manufacturers' needs for accurate checkweighing and gentle handling.
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X-ray fill-level inspection

The TapTone (N. Falmouth, MA) Ray Trak fill-level inspection system uses x-ray tube technology to check fill levels in bottles, cans and jars at speeds to 2ꯠ/min.
ThermaFreeze is packed in a flexible film material and then hydrated and frozen for use in keeping pharmaceutical products chill
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Pharmaceutical shipments chill out from within

Superior Pharmaceutical is among the first to use a powdered polymer within a flexible material to keep overnight shipments cool, but not frozen. The material yields cost advantages, as well as freight and space savings.
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Servo control offers labeling latitude (sidebar)

This is the story of the in-line capper that almost got away. When the Nutrilite Div. of Amway Corp. wanted to double the speed of its vitamin packaging line, management was leaning toward a rotary capper.
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Dimension Industries, LLC: Small-center cartoner

Dimension Industries (Maple Grove, MN) has introduced a continuous-motion cartoner specifically for small-center cartoning applications, such as those used in pharmaceutical, medical and personal care products.

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