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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI); Tharco (San Lorenzo, CA); Scapa Tapes North America (Windsor, CT); Hi-Speed Checkweigher, Inc.
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Produce, meat labeling

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) scored a major victory when an amendment requiring front panel country-of-origin labeling on frozen produce was dropped before being included in the Senate's FY '99 Agriculture Appropriations bill.
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Rubbermaid compacts damage (sidebar)

CertainTeed taps metallocene for compression packaging
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KISS Packaging Systems a div. of the Frain Group: Volumetric pail filler

KISS Packaging System's (LaPorte, IN) stainless-steel semi-automatic positive- displacement filler accurately fills water-thin to high-viscosity products drip- free, says KISS.
The bowl is thermoformed from a three-layer sheet that includes a proprietary sealant layer that ensures seal integrity yet stil
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Caito says, 'We'll do it ourselves'

This Indianapolis produce wholesaler is breaking into a whole new market segment as it brings its 12-oz Fresh Line fruit bowls to supermarket produce departments in the Midwest.
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Perfecseal, a Bemis Co.: Puncture-resistant film

Perfecseal (Philadelphia, PA) introduces PerfecFlex® Ice(TM), a forming film for medical packaging made from coextruded PE and nylon resins. The 2-mil film provides superior strength and puncture-resistance to protect against package failure and pin holes typically caused by devices shifting inside the cavity of the package.
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New look brings a boom in sales

New labels on 750-mL glass bottles of six varietals from Delicato Family Vineyards have brought a significant increase in sales for the Novato, CA, wine maker.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Paper Converting Machinery Co. (Green Bay, WI) announced it has an intl. agreement with Italconverting (Lucca, Italy), which positions PCMC as Italconverting's sales and marketing team for North America, Latin America, Australia and the Far East.
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Single-file air conveyor

The Can Jet air conveyor from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) uses a powered-rotator device for the precise orientation of cans for downstream processes.
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Lantech Inc: Straddle stretch wrapping system

Designed to unitize light, tall or unstable loads, Lantech's (Louisville, KY) S-3503 S-Series(TM) automated straddle stretch wrapping system can wrap 75 to 90 loads/hr, depending on load height.
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PneumaticScaleAngelus: PC-controlled filler

Pneumatic Scale (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) has developed a line of high-speed rotary net-weigh filling machines. The PC-based system enables the user to create and edit product recipes or programs, observe real time and historical fill data, diagnose system problems, perform statistical analysis, and print reports.
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PET spreads to mayonnaise

Manufacturers looking to stand out from the competition introduce mayonnaise in 32-oz PET bottles. They cite reduced breakage and lower freight costs as plastic's advantages, while cost and shelf life are competitive with glass.
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EDL Packaging Engineers, Inc: Shrink-wrapping bagging system

The EDL System 3000 high-speed shrink wrapping and bagging system from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) wraps at speeds to 60 packs/min. It's designed for "optimum tightness" using high-clarity PE or polyolefin shrink film and uses a four-sided sealing mechanism to offer a total enclosed pack.
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FDA to streamline dietary supplement labels

Agency proposes to shrink options for health claims, product names and symbols that can be used by makers of vitamins, supplements and herbals.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hudson-Sharp Machine Co. (Green Bay, WI) has acquired the converting equipment business of FMC Corp. (Chicago, IL).
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Terco, Inc: Rotary filler

The Multi-Station Rotary (MSR) filler from the Liquid Filling Div. of Terco (Bloomingdale, IL) incorporates the benefits of continuous motion in a variable-speed base for smooth container handling and reduced footprint.
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MG America: Tube filler

The C135 tube filler from MG America (Fairfield, NJ) fills a wide range of tube compositions, manually or automatically, at speeds to 70 tubes/min.
PMMI?s Pack Expo site contains a searchable exhibitor listing that doubles as a useful and accurate directory of machinery and
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The Web's new trick: it's now useful

In our daily strolls out onto the Internet, we are noticing that an increasing number of web sites have become more sophisticated, offering genuinely useful information to packagers.

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