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Pepsi tells Detroit shoppers to get a grip

In early May, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its Quick Grip PET bottle in four Detroit area supermarkets. "Ease of handling and pouring, that's what's being tested here," says Pepsi spokesperson Larry Jabbonsky.
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High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
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Toploading robotic system

The Collectopack from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a top-loading robotic system that separates, checks, counts, collates and places products into top-load cartons or feeds multi-packs into a wrapper or cartoner.
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L'Oréal's bottle fishes for kids

Streamlined and decorated to resemble a fish, it's easy to imagine kids getting hooked on the new L'Oréal Kids squeezable bottle. Aimed at kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the bottle fits easily into small hands, it floats in the bathtub and it allows the sweet-smelling shampoo and conditioner aroma to emanate through the bottle itself.
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Deodorant gains wide appeal

In January, Bristol-Myers Products introduced new Ban® Clear Soft Solid in a unique package. Halfway between a solid and a roll-on, the gel-like deodorant is appropriately housed in a 2.25-oz container that combines the wide applicator of a solid with the more cylindrical shape of Ban's traditional roll-on package.
Narrowly spaced lane dividers keep bottles shoulder to shoulder, preventing them from turning, binding or stopping in the case p
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's (sidebar)

A unique twist to handling shingling
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Window jars

Topline Products (Wayne, NJ) has designed a line of window jars made of SAN for pressed powder, eye shadow, blush, creme, lip gloss, and other cosmetics and personal care products.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Alex E. Jones & Associates Ltd. (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) represents Bemis Packaging Machinery Co.'s (Minneapolis, MN) line of bag packaging and palletizing systems in Canada.
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Print/apply labeler for adjacent case sides

Engineered to provide adjacent-side labeling on cases, Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) now offers the Label-Aire® wraparound print/apply labeling system with both cornerwrap and side-panel labeling capabilities.
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Toploading robotic system

The Collectopack from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a top-loading robotic system that separates, checks, counts, collates and places products into top-load cartons or feeds multi-packs into a wrapper or cartoner.
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Applications news

Watson Label Products, a St. Louis firm that specializes in printed bar-code labels, recently purchased its second Omnius(TM) press from Indigo America (Woburn, MA).
Plano, TX-based Frito-Lay Co. will be among the first to shift to suggested FDA refrigeration statements on the labels of its To
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Refrigeration language guidance steams food companies

Many food packagers resist FDA guidance on more explicit labeling language for refrigerated foods.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Canadian Inkjet Systems (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) will be the sole distributor and service provider in Canada for Lock Inspection Systems, Inc.
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Pouch transfer machine

A new pouch transfer machine from Key Automation & Design (West St. Paul, MN) permits plants to upgrade pouch or bag loading from manual to automatic.
A plastic shutter enters the shrink wrapper, passing beneath the forming plow that wraps the film around and underneath. At the
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Wrapping up changeover

Design House's new shrink wrapping line handles packages in various lengths without the need for changeover.
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Conveyor system

A new chain-in-channel conveyor system from John Burton Machine (Rodeo, CA) is available with aluminum drive-end and idle-end component assemblies. Single conveyor chains slide on lubricated nylon edges on inclines and curves, quietly moving products at speeds to 275'/min, without the noise of roller-to-roller transfers.
While these former PP bottles (above) earned recognition from NACD last year, they didn1t provide the clarity that the new PET v
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Bottle drinks from the stream of technology

American Beverage Marketers warm-fills its Finest Call cocktail mixes into new PET bottles, then injects liquid nitrogen. The LN2 prevents bottle paneling and helps to extend shelf life. The PET bottle replaces PP, providing greater clarity and appeal for the product's introduction to the retail market.
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Machine vision system

Sharp Digital Information Products (Irvine, CA) has developed a new machine vision system that does color inspection and tracking at speeds to 2꼀 parts/min.

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