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The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
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Skin packaging and die-cutting

The EZ-Skin/Trim Combo from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH) combines a skin packaging line with hydraulic die-cutting in one space-saving frame. The machine operates hydraulically and does not require an external air supply.
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Dial captures salon brand imagery

Bottles combining upscale graphics, convenient dispensing and, in at least one instance, post-consumer resin sandwiched between virgin layers, helped Phoenix-based Dial Corp's Consumer Products Group introduce K"y"(TM) Nature's Creative Energy personal care products early this year.
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Chernin's uses labels of another color

Color on-demand labeling does not necessarily have to mean dedicated color printing hardware or costly color ribbon media. Chicago-based shoe retailer Chernin's Shoes has been producing color thermal labels since January with nothing more than a standard direct-thermal label printer.
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Continuous-motion case packer

Hartness (Greenville, SC) has introduced the OctoPack(TM) continuous-motion case packer. It packs plastic or glass containers of most shapes and sizes into a range of case types, including RSCs, corrugated trays, tab lock trays, and soft drink or dairy-type cases with or without partitions, of any depth.
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FDA wants access to claims data for food labeling

FDA wants to change the rules so it is better able to enforce the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act while not impeding the development of new food technologies.
As labels unwind from the roll, they pass through a perforation wheel, followed by a series of tensioning rollers that compensat
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Gatorade shrink label satisfies the need for speed

Roll-fed labeler combines adhesive and shrink application to provide the look of a shrink label, the tamper-evidence of a neck band, and the speed of a wraparound.
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Beverage closures

White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) has unveiled a new, eight-page color brochure providing an overview of the refreshment beverage and closure business, with articles on sales trends and marketing techniques.
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Global green guidelines

In preparation for a discussion on international eco-labeling standards, a coalition of 12 associations organized by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), is advocating standards similar to the "Green Guides" of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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NutraSweet drum labeler keeps on ticking

Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.
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In-line screw cappers

Two new in-line screw capping machines from The New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) have received USDA listings for food packaging operations. Designed for medium-speed applications, the NRC-30-HES-MP can apply caps at speeds to 150 containers/min.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Almac Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) and General Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) have entered into a joint venture to offer a wider range of products while remaining separate companies.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Bag leak tester

The Pouch Integrity Tester from Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) is a bag integrity testing machine developed for the fresh vegetable industry.
Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
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Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
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Auger filler

The Servo 3000 auger filler from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Sturtevant, WI) uses a patent-pending "sliding key" auger adapter shaft to remove auger screws for changeovers without tools.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) will begin a $75 million capital project at its Macon, GA, paper mill for converting its remaining kraft linerboard machine for the production of coated paperboard for beverage and food packaging.

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