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A combination of hot melt and cold glue placement helps maintain seal integrity on citrus cases (above). Harley Nuckels (lef
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The Sunkist seal of approval

Open cases were a hassle for Sunkist Growers affiliate Baird-Neece Packing Corp. A dual hot and cold glue system solves the problem, and increases output.
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A sample print run for a Nestlé frozen novelty wrap promoting Walt Disney?s Hercules movie displays the impression-by-impres
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Digital-on-demand printing opens new markets for converter

Two six-color digital offset presses drive Watson Label Products into the packaging market. Machines specialize in short-run production of flexibles used primarily for prototyping and promotional purposes.
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American-Newlong, Inc: Pinch-bag sealer

American-Newlong's (Indianapolis, IN) PBC-S automatic pinch-bag sealer uses a carrier chain to seal multiwall paper bags at speeds to 45/min. A hot air blower is used to reactivate preapplied hot melt.
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Catching the rays (sidebar)

Old MacDonald never had this kind of farm
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FOX IV Technologies: FOX IV Technologies: Label printer/applicator

The 8031 label printer from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) uses a Datamax MAX print engine to print text, bar codes and graphics at speeds to 10"/sec, and 203 dpi.
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Eye drug warnings

Labels of popular OTC eye allergy relief drugs such as Pfizer's Visine, Ross Labs' Murine Tears Plus and Clear Eyes ACR, Bausch & Lomb's Sensitive Eyes, and other vasoconstrictor drugs containing ephedrine, naphazoline, phenylephrine, and tetrahydrozaline should include the warning "Pupils may become dilated (enlarged)," according to an FDA proposal.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
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Fernqvist Labeling Solutions: Thermal printer

The FLS 6200 thermal printer from Fernqvist Labeling Solutions (Mountain View, CA) prints labels in widths up to 6" at a rate of 6"/sec, at a print resolution of 203 dpi.
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Illicit relabeling

Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.
The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
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Widemouth cups will expand beverage packaging options

We've been looking at the newest generation of Ensure® nutritional supplement packaging and thinking that thermoformed or injection-molded cups<>in some advanced stage of development<>could be beer and carbonated beverage containers (CSDs) in the future.
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CCL Label, Inc: CCL Label, Inc: Brochure series

CCL Label (Itasca, IL) has released a series of brochures. The first, an eight-page "Guide to High Impact Labeling," provides a general overview of the company and its line of labels for the personal care, pharmaceutical, promotional, food and beverage, and wine industries.
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FSIS considers labeling reviews without industry representation

A food labeling trade group has expressed concern that industry representatives may be barred in the future from face-to-face meetings with federal regulators that review new labels for meat and poultry products.
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H.B. Fuller : Clear hot melt

HL-4137 from H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) is a clear hot melt for applying clear film labels to glass, plastic and other containers. It runs on web-fed and cut-to-stack labeling equipment and comes packaged in coextruded pillows.
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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
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Bass is bullish on beer in plastic

Few brewers have gone as far as Bass in developing a plastic bottle for beer. Now Bass wonders when U.S. brewers will get on board to help drive bottle costs down.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition (sidebar)

Heinz weighs benefits of scale systems

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