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J.R. Simplot?s Martin Greenbank (below left) and distributor representative Bob Scott make an adjustment to the checkweigher con
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Checkweighers improve accuracy by 75% on cases containing bagged frozen french fries for foodservice.
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FDA proposes OTC drug label overhaul

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new easy-to-understand label for the nearly 100ꯠ brand-name and private-label OTC drugs it regulates.
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Quick-change capability

Marq Packaging System's (Yakima, WA) new quick-changeover (QC) capability is controlled through a PLC so that most axes can be changed simultaneously.
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Condiment package

Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) has developed a new package especially for mustard and condiment packaging. The 9-oz PET container is recyclable, squeezable and shatterproof.
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P-s labeler

Accraply's (Hopkins, MN) new Model 350S p-s labeler is designed to apply film or paper wraparound labels to small containers, including glass and plastic bottles, vials and test tubes.
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Pouches stand up around the globe

Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.
Machine operator Martha Johnson evaluates finished bottles slated for overseas distribution as they move along the line at the O
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Bottles grow 'greener' with PCR

It took three years of development work, HDPE bottles produced for Clorox household cleaners by Owens-Brockway now incorporate 25% PCR material.
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Homemade look for wine package

Montevina Winery's new Cucina Mista wine has a label that is especially refreshing for its simple rustic appeal. Italian for "kitchen mix," the wine is a blend of 20 different red table wines produced by this St.
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Avoiding eco-seals

Coming up with international eco-labeling standards that don't impede U.S. packagers is important, according to Karil Kochenderfer, director of environmental affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), testifying before Congress in late February.
New containers are helping Nestlé?s powdered milk mixes stand out internationally. In the U.K., a new hot chocolate drink mi
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Nestlé puts new faces on mix containers

A multi-material oval can in the U.K., a twin-pack of pouches in Switzerland, and a high-density polyethylene oval in the U.S. each deliver kid-oriented retail punch for Nestlé's powdered milk mixes.
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SouthPack to unveil 'Gallery of Packaging'

The Creative Packaging Show, 500 exhibitors, a Scan Tech pavilion and a wide-ranging conference program-it's all part of SouthPack, set to attract 11ꯠ to Atlanta's World Congress Center, May 6 to 8.
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Ultrasonic valve bag sealer

The new Bemis (Minneapolis, MN) ultrasonic valve bag sealer seals bags containing dusty, powdery and free-flowing products at speeds to 5 bags/min.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

HK Systems (New Berlin, WI): D. J. "Jim" Pratt, vp, von Gal® palletizer operations.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Advanced Monobloc Corp. (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada) became the controlling shareholder of Alustar, S.A. de C.V. (Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico), which in turn acquired the manufacturing assets of Evimex S.A.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Vegatronic is Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) new automatic vf/f/s system that permits quick changeover from standard pillow-style to zipper packs. Handle adjustments, rather than tools, allow 90° rotation of jaws.
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Proximity sensor

The WTR photoelectric proximity sensor from SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) is specifically designed for accumulation, loading and unloading applications on roller conveyors.
3. Envirogluv technology used to decorate this Revlon container is energy efficient and uses inks that are free of heavy metals.
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Setting up shop

Merck, Revlon and Clorox developed unique packaging technology for their own use. Now those developments are generating revenue through licensing to other firms.
The illustration (above) depicts where the security label might be applied by a manufacturer. A close-up of the label (left) sho
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Retailers find security in source tagging

National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.

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