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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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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Jefferson Smurfit Corp. (St. Louis, MO): George Q. Langstaff, vp, converting and mktg., Industrial Packaging Div.
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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.
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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.
Loose-fill dispersion at Borders (above) is activated by a footpedal. A central conveyor moves cartons into position to be fille
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Saving more than just peanuts

Bookstore chain Borders Group moves to a customized loose-fill system for distribution of its products to stores nationwide. Yearly savings are in excess of one million dollars.
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Bottled water taps Kidz' market

In recent years, bottled water has made quite a splash with adults. Now Hinckley & Schmitt Bottled Water Co. of Chicago is aiming at kids with Kidz Water(TM), a fluoridated bottled drinking water.
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Intralox: Conveyor belt

Intralox (New Orleans, LA) has introduced the Series 3000 knuckle chain, a modular plastic conveyor belt designed for conveying tubs, totes and boxes in straight or turning applications.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MGS Machine Corp. (Maple Grove, MN) has purchased TL Feeding Systems (Osseo, MN).
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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.
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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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ARPAC LLC: Tray packer/wrapper

Designed for the food, beverage and HBA industries, the Tray Star(TM) 60RC is a tray erecting, packing and shrink wrapping system from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL).
The stand-up pouch displays well in the store and differentiates Dutch-American1s breadings from cartoned product offered by the
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Breadings stand up

For 25 years, Dutch-American Foods of Dolton, IL, has sold its breading mixes to foodservice and institutional accounts. But last year the firm decided to market at retail, and management felt an unusual package would be a key to success.
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Diagraph, An ITW Company: Label printer/applicator

Diagraph's (St. Louis, MO) PA/150 Zebra 170PAX Series label printer/applicator system is designed for on-line printing and applying of direct-thermal/thermal-transfer labels in continuous-duty demanding industrial environments.
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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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