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Integrated manufacturing is the island way

Management at this start-up water marketer decides that the only way to assure bottle availability and top quality is to blow its own PET bottles in-line with its brand new filling line.
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Seaquist Closures Division: Seaquist Closures Division: Upscale bottles

Four new PET bottle designs are now available from Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tonawanda, NY). The single-stage, stretch/blow-molded bottles are suitable for high-end products like skin and personal care and health and beauty aids.
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Hot melt adhesive

Advantra(TM) hot melt adhesives from H.B. Fuller (St. Paul, MN) are said to produce better bonds on carton sealing, tray forming and other packaging applications.
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Juice warnings, not pasteurization

The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule on July 8 requiring warning labels on fresh, unpasteurized juices. The requirement applies to all processors that package untreated juice for off-site consumption, including retailers such as grocery stores that squeeze and bottle juice for home use.
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Carton feeders illuminate GE Lighting lines

Four cartoning machines on two "Pro 80" light bulb packaging lines at General Electric Lighting's Winchester, VA, plant once required manual refilling of carton blanks every six minutes.
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Rx labeling

FDA is requiring prescription drug labels to bear the words "Rx Only" instead of the former warning: "Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription." It's all part of the changes dictated by the FDA Modernization Act.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
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Exploring the metallocene 'revolution'

In recent years, Packaging World and other publications have reported on current news and applications where the properties of metallocene-based resins have enhanced the performance of packaging materials.
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Less red tape?

The new Transatlantic Economic Partnership (TEP) announced earlier this year as part of an effort to promote freer international trade could eliminate numerous trade barriers and "miles of red tape," according to GMA.
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MRM/Elgin Corp.: Capper

MRM Elgin's (Menomonie, WI) Versa-Cap capper applies plastic or metal continuous-thread caps onto plastic, metal or glass containers at speeds to 240 caps/min, depending on cap and bottle size, material and spacing.
Dr. Ramani Narayan demonstrates a bag made with soy-based, compostable film
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Breakdown breakthrough?

Compostable films made with soy proteins are now technically viable according to new research from Michigan State University. Next up: overcoming scale and cost hurdles.
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Labeling uniformity bill introduced

The "National Uniformity for Food Act of 1998," designed to ensure consistent food labeling requirements, has been introduced in both the House and Senate.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Heat and Control's (Hayward, CA) new Packaging Demonstration Center in Hayward, CA, is open for product testing. It features multihead weighers, checkweighers and a complete line of product distribution and feed conveyors.
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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.
Fremont?s new display shipper (right) provides customers like Western Family a store-friendly case that shows off the product
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Displaying a concern for retailers' needs

Fremont custom-designs a new type of display-ready, film-wrapped shipper around the needs of supermarket customers. A new case-packing/shrink-wrapping line makes the design a production reality, paid for by materials savings.
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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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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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