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In-line capper

New Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) new in-line capper uses a patent-pending design to improve torque range and enable users to reach speeds of 600 caps/min, depending on bottle size.
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Labeling meat substitutes

FDA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) want to encourage more nutritious variations of traditional foods, but are wrestling with how such foods should be labeled.
A custom-engineered flat sealing head induction-seals recessed closures in jug-in-box containers
Machine Case Study
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An unconventional seal

A custom-engineered induction sealer allows Jensen Foods to apply tamper-evident inner seals to 41/2-gal jug-in-box foodservice packs.
Controls Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
Supplier News
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FDA worried about pediatric drug labeling

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) continues its effort to ensure that drug labels contain sufficient information about use for children. In December '94, FDA required manufacturers to determine if the pediatric use sections of labeling could be modified "based on adequate and well-controlled studies in adults and other supporting information." Companies would then submit a supplemental pediatric application where appropriate.
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
Feature Article
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper for printers

The Lan-ringer® stretch packaging system from Lantech (Louisville, KY) is designed to replace metal banding and hand wrapping to reduce labor and injuries, and to improve load protection of printed newspaper supplements.
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Ales boast custom bottle, gold-stamped labels

When Portland, OR-based BridgePort Brewing Co. added two new brands to its line of premium ales last month, it used the opportunity to introduce a custom glass bottle for all four ale varieties in the line.
Materials Product Brief
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Cohesive bonding

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) offers a choice of four special cohesive bonding solutions for unitizing pallet loads. For use with the FastBreak® Cohesive Unitizing System.
Materials Product Brief
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PP/polyester film

Q-PET(TM) is a patent-pending coextruded multilayer film with a core layer of PP and surface layers of polyester. This offers users a significant cost reduction over traditional PP, says the company.
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Skimming fat, not nutrients

FDA has issued new rules on milk labeling designed to eliminate consumer confusion about the fat content of milk and milk products. Until now, milk was not held to the same nutrition labeling standards as other products on the use of terms like "low fat." As a result, many consumers believed skim milk contained fewer nutrients than other types, and that 2% milk was low fat.
Feature Article
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Graphics, coex make for noteworthy tube

Colgate-Palmolive Canada is counting on graphics representing a trio of Looney Tunes characters from Space Jam to spark sales of its Colgate Junior brand toothpaste.
Materials Product Brief
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CR mouthwash packaging

Rexam (Evansville, IN) has introduced CR packaging for mouthwash. It consists of injection stretch/ blow-molded PET and PP CR jigger closures. The 8- and 16-oz sizes are available with a 28-mm finish.
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FDA taking new look at medical foods

FDA is re-evaluating its regulation of "medical foods" and is seeking comments on the criteria used to determine if a product meets the definition of a medical food, appropriate safety standards, claim substantiation, labeling, quality control procedures and postmarketing surveillance requirements.
Controls Product Brief
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Case-ready packaging options

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed a brochure outlining an innovative range of case-ready packaging options to help packagers offer a greater variety of pre-packaged, premium-quality foods.
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Header labels applied automatically

Three years in the making, a machine that automatically applies header labels to pouches produced on vertical form/fill/seal machines is ready for the packaging marketplace.
Materials Product Brief
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Form/fill/seal machine

The Laudenberg FBM-20 is a horizontal form/fill/seal machine available from Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL). It was designed in response to the demand for larger, resealable, stand-up pouches with zippers.

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