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Glidden's paint testers pass with flying colors

High-density polyethylene test containers let homeowners test a color before plunging into the purchase of a gallon of paint.
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High-speed capper

PMC Industries' (Hackensack, NJ) new high-speed capper applies pump caps at speeds to 300/min. A programmable controller governs machine operations, including the flow of caps from the sorter and automatic shutdown in case of overloads at transfer points.
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Aquaprin pouch doubles as a cup

When Health Corp. of Rocky Mount, NC, launched Aquaprin aspirin pain reliever/antacid late last year, it wanted a pouchstock rigid enough to let consumers mix the powdered product with water right in the pouch and then use it as a drinking cup.
A scanner on the labeler verifies bar codes as labels unwind from rollstock. Two similar scanners are mounted on the cartoner an
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Code control: three scanners, one PLC

To verify the readability of preprinted bar codes, Private Formulations, Inc. employs three scanners integrated into its solid-dose bottling line by Parish Automation (Lakewood, NJ).
With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
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High speed bottle fillers

Krones (Franklin, WI) VP electro-pneumatic bottle fillers accurately fill plastic or glass bottles within ±2 mm fill-height accuracy, and at speeds to 1겨/min, depending on model and bottle size.
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New Year's promise: Internet packaging data

Imagine this. You get a sample of a stand-up pouch used to market salad dressings in Australian food stores. Marketing is pushing to introduce such a product/package ASAP.
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Blister packer

Campak's (Fairfield, NJ) M92 Blister Packer can run any film accurately, says the company, including cold-formed blister applications. Runs webs to 10" W and blisters up to 3" W x 5" D at speeds to 540 blisters/min.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
The ingredient statement of this Lipton soup package is likely to change if USDA insists on food makers identifying ?mechanic
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Playing 'chicken' with food labels

USDA dares food processors to put 'mechanically separated poultry' in ingredient panels.
After discharging from the liquid nitrogen chiller, deodorant containers index to this capper for application of polypropylene c
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Deodorant sticks chill big time in small space

Tom's of Maine doubles its production of stick deodorants by adding an in-line chiller that uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the hot-filled product.
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Pick-and-place robot

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) has developed an alternative to traditional pick-and-place systems that uses a two-track rail system instead of a conventional robotic arm.
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Child-resistant blister foil

A new child-resistant foil from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) combines advanced heat seal technology with two-side printing capabilities to create a compliance package specifically suited for OTC drugs and vitamin supplements.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
In additional to single cartons, PFI produces overwrapped multipacks consisting of two to six cartons. The cartoner will also i
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Targeting a convertible cartoner

Private label OTC drug maker adds a cartoner designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, handling both glue and tuck-style cartons.
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Sterile packaging growth projected

Continued increases in surgical procedures and stringent standards for infection control are two factors that are expected to contribute to an 8.4% annual growth in the demand for sterile packaging over the next five years.
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Seals create I-D for lubricant

Induction-sealed PVC bottles that don't leak enable Westridge Laboratories to introduce personal lubricant to the pharmaceutical market and boost sales substantially.

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