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Software included in the Food Label Design kit enables designers to incorporate appropriate Nutrition Facts panels into their pa
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Hershey kisses NLEA headaches goodbye

Graphic designer at Hershey Chocolate uses software nutrition kit to simplify compliance with NLEA regulations.
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The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
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Stretch wrappers

Orion Packaging (Memphis, TN) will show its full line of semi- and fully automatic stretch-wrapping equipment. Both rotary turntable and rotary tower models will be demonstrated.
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Display case packer for pouches

The Key Display Packer from Key Automation (W. St. Paul, MN) can run up to three lanes of pouches received from a high-speed horizontal form/fill/seal machine.
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Vacuum skin packaging

Cryovac, a div. of W.R. Grace & Co. (Duncan, SC), has released a brochure on the company's vacuum skin packaging system. VSP allows shoppers to see the natural shape, color and texture of ready-to-prepare foods, cheeses, deli meats and other items.
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Automated case handling

The Freeway System from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) automates the transporting and palletizing of packed cases. It can be retrofitted onto most packaging lines, says the company.
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Sportscap closure tops water bottles

A pull-push sportscap closure adds extra appeal to Castle Springs' two new sizes of natural spring water. Supplied by Creative Packaging (Buffalo Grove, IL), the 28-mm closure includes a clear green injection-molded polypropylene base, a white polyethylene spout and clear PP overcap.
Within this chamber, two side-by-side cartons are labeled at each of their ends simultaneously to create a unit pack
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning (sidebar)

Labeling unitizes two cartons at Baxter Healthcare
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Web-fed inserter

Azco's (Elmwood Park, NJ) new web-fed inserter automatically feeds inserts from a preprinted web, detects the registration mark, and dispenses the insert.
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Bag-in-box system

Triangle Packaging Machinery's (Chicago, IL) complete bag-in-box food packaging system will be introduced. It consists of a new vf/f/s bag machine, the Acceleron "Advantage" Model B2, and a new horizontal cartoner, Model HCM-A900.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Wisconsin Label Group's (Algoma,WI) newly created Interleave Systems (Heath, OH) subsidiary will sell labeling and packaging equipment to the printing industry.
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USDA-approved inks

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
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Wraparound case packer

The WRCP 2000 Series of wraparound case packers from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) wraps flat corrugated sheets around collated products. Compared to an RSC, the amount of corrugated board can be reduced, says the manufacturer.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Continental PET Technologies Inc. (Florence, KY) will build a $4.4 million PET stretch blow molding plant in Poinciana, FL.
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Drive rollers

A line of drive rollers from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) provides a simple and economical means for building powered roller conveyors in pallet handling, cargo handling and packaging machinery applications.
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Wash-down coder

The US-4500 coder from Bell-Mark Sales (Pine Brook, NJ) is suited for applications with damp or hostile environments, such as in the dairy and meat industries.
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Packaging issues can't be overlooked

An August 30 Wall Street Journal profile of Pepsi's woes in Brazil is a reminder of how critical a role packaging can play in the international cola wars.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.

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