Machinery

Near the end of the turret?s rotation, fill nozzles cut off based on the weight recorded from each bottle?s individual load cell
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Grace-and speed-under pressure

Amway's new pressure-netweigh filler increases speed and accuracy for viscous personal care products. Unscrambler offers gentle handling, cuts down on jams and provides 15-minute changeover.
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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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Grace-and speed-under pressure (sidebar)

Case taper offers simplicity, safety
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What's SAFE from OSHA? (sidebar)

EPA loosens up on labels
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Masterfil USA LLC: Rotary capper

Suitable for personal care, pharmaceutical and detergent applications, the Masterfil rotary capper from Rodico (Upper Saddle River, NJ) is capable of reaching speeds over 250 caps/min.
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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.
Although its square bottles have four panels, Nutrilite applies what it refers to as a five-panel label
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Servo control offers labeling latitude

To comply with FDA's labeling rules, Amway's Nutrilite Div. relies on a labeler with 12 independent servo-driven stations that permit fast changeover, high speed and improved copy-to-panel registration for square bottles of vitamins.
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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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.
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White Cap Inc: Tamper-evident closure

The 48-mm Plasti-Twist® Plus closure from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL) offers tamper evidence through a patented drop-down band. The closure is available with the E-Z Torque liner, a non-PVC thermoplastic elastomer liner that is molded into the cap.
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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Clear-film labels rev rum bottle intro

Late this summer, New York-based Seagram Americas introduced Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Puerto Rican rum flavored with coconut in clear rectangular glass bottles in 750-mL and 1-L sizes.
Gillette?s new HDPE bottle (right) has an inner PET bottle that?s pleated (top),  surrounded by a rubber sleeve and filled under
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Gillette bets on pressurized plastic bottle

The initial mass-market application of an innovative pressurized dispensing system permits Gillette to offer a shave gel in a plastic container for the first time.
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Weber Packaging Solutions: Weber Packaging Solutions: Hand-held terminal

Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) has introduced the LegiLink hand-held terminal. It permits multiple label formats and databases to be downloaded from a PC and transferred to one or more stand-alone label printers or automatic printer/applicators.
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Bold new look for Valvoline

The Valvoline Co.'s new "global" brand identity began reaching the marketplace this October in the form of DuraBlend, the company's semi-synthetic blend of motor oil.
Star Dental packages its products into blister cards and paperboard sleeves. All are given a bar code and lot/date code by the s
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A Star coding system

Dental tool maker Star Dental switches from manual label application to preprinting with a thermal-transfer system to comply with industry bar-code guidelines. Savings are the major benefit.
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Plastipak: Tamper evident finish

Plastipak Packaging (Plymouth, MI) has introduced a new TE neck finish on its range of injection stretch/blow-molded hot-fillable PET bottles. When the plastic closure is twisted off and the TE band breaks away from it, the dimensions of the bottle finish permit the band to drop down significantly lower (left) than on industry-standard bottles (right).
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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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