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Materials Product Brief
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Resin price protection

At least two firms are now offering hedging services for packagers that buy or manufacture large volumes of rigid or flexible plastic packaging. Such risk management services allow packagers to purchase price-protection contracts for plastic resins, mitigating the effects of resin price fluctuations over a fixed period of time.
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Materials Product Brief
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Information sheet

Available from Automated Feeding & Alignment Systems (Batavia, IL) is an information sheet on its asymmetrical package orienter. The flow of a package from a "beginning pattern" to a "final component pattern" is illustrated along with a list of benefits, features and typical uses of the machine, such as batteries and squeeze tubes on hanging cards.
An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
Feature Article
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
Machine Product Brief
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Imtec, Inc: Label printer/applicator

The ApplyPro(TM) X2 Turbo label applicator from Imtec (Bellows Falls, VT) is designed for high-speed tamp-on application. It prints and applies labels at speeds to 70/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

The Model FSB shrink bundler from Omega Design (Exton, PA) automatically collates, unitizes and wraps containers and/or cartons into a predetermined configuration.
Controls Product Brief
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Porous molding material

Metapor is a micro-porous aluminum for thermoformers from International Mold Steel (Florence, KY). The material is air-permeable and is said to eliminate venting problems in thermoforming, blister packaging and film processing.
At the eject station of the blister sealing machine, three vacuum pick-up arms place finished packages blister-side down  in the
Feature Article
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Eclectic 'sticks' with sealers

A brand new blister packager tied into an automatic collating and case packing system lets this adhesives manufacturer keep up with fast-growing sales.
Controls Product Brief
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In-line wrap labeler

Designed for water bottles, the Model 4520 in-line wrap labeler from Labeling Systems (Oakland, NJ) applies labels at speeds to 250 products/min. The stepper-motor drive labeling head has a 16" O.D.
News
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Tyson pleads guilty

After long defending itself against charges of giving some $12ꯠ in illegal gifts to then Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, Tyson Foods agreed to plead guilty and pay a $6 million penalty.
Plastic bags containing foam dunnage neatly protect GT?s software shipments while also reducing the need for five hours of daily
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Foam dunnage computes for GT's software

Minnesota is no stranger to snow. But at GT Interactive's Plymouth plant, located in suburban Minneapolis, a far different kind of blizzard was hampering operations.
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Candy with a twist appeals to kids

Come up with a candy package that will appeal to children. That was the challenge issued to the European Consumer Products Div. of Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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DOJ kills Reynolds/Alcoa deal; will it chill Reynolds/Ball talks?

In late December the U.S. Department of Justice moved to prevent Reynolds Metals Co. (Richmond, VA) from selling its Muscle Shoals, AL, aluminum can stock rolling mill to Alcoa (Pittsburgh, PA).
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Sexual dysfunction

Incidences of sexual dysfunction by those taking Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Luvox (all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may be much higher than indicated on product labeling, and FDA is considering ordering labeling changes more reflective of reality.
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Organic labeling rules proposed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on its proposal to establish uniform federal standards for use of the term "organic" in labeling both raw and processed foods.
The robot?s gripper head picks up a case (above) after its bar-code label has been scanned. The scanned information is used to i
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Robotic palletization protects Sandvik

Automated lifting and stacking of heavy boxes onto pallets helps this maker of mining products avoid worker injuries and $120ꯠ of additional labor costs.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Southwest Endseals, Inc. (Houston, TX) is a new company that manufactures sealing jaws for vf/f/s packaging machines. It is located at 5730 Nunn St., Houston, TX 77087; phone: 713/649-4852, fax: 713/649-8684.
Plumes of steam, a typical byproduct of the papermaking process, are exhausted from Georgia-Pacific?s Crossett, AR, paperboard m
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Should paperboard buyers turn white with fright?

EPA "cluster" rule forces bleached pulp mills to spend millions to clean up air and water emissions. Quality, cost, even availability may become a question mark.
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Smirnoff 1.75 L relaunched in proprietary PET

Hoping to boost sales, United Distillers and Vintners, Hartford, CT, has relaunched its Smirnoff premium vodka in a proprietary 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate package whose rollout was to be completed this month.

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