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While the returnable/refillable Bonaqua bottle is made from costly PEN homopolymer, the other two bottles shown here are made fr
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon

High-performance bottles made of PEN homopolymer or naphthalate-based copolyesters are beginning to find their way out of technical conferences and onto store shelves around the globe.
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More flexibility in Nutrition Facts placement

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) final rule on nutrition labeling gave manufacturers greater flexibility in the placement of the nutrition facts panel on packages.
State?s newest sealer is used on a multipurpose packaging line that runs sizes from 1-oz sampler bottles up to the 16-oz bottle
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How State Chemical cleans up

Cleveland-based chemical packer modernizes its filling lines with induction sealing, and with a computer program that helps put customer service first.
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Blister inspection software

When used with Color CVIM inspection tools, Blister-Pak(TM) software from Allen-Bradley (Mil-waukee, WI) can provide high-speed inspection of packaged tablets and capsules in most combinations.
Sales of Roskam Baking1s Rothbury Farms retail croutons and stuffing mix have increased briskly since the company changed from a
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Crouton pouch stands up to the competition

Stand-up reclosable pouches replace folding cartons with inner liners for Roskam Baking's line of Rothbury Farms croutons. Zippers are applied in-line on new horizontal rotary form/fill/seal machines.
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Batching systems

Batching Systems (Owings, MD) has developed a four-color brochure highlighting its Batchmaster® counting/ weighing systems and its Bagmaster® bagging ma-chines.
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Nimble, facile, flexible:How packaging survives

Packaging has been called a chess game without checkmate-never ending, always evolving-reflecting the changing demands of product manufacturers who, in turn, are trying to satisfy the needs of the consuming public.
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Semi-automatic case sealers

The CP-333 and CP-344 semi-automatic carton sealers from Central Products (Menasha, WI) are suited for clothing and furniture manufacturers who seal lightweight, bulky packages.
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future (sidebar)

Getting computers to communicate
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Stretch wrapper literature

A six-color brochure describing Liberty Industries' (Girard, OH) semi-automatic stretch wrappers shows features and benefits of the 4 Series and 5 Series Turntable Stretch Sys-tems with photos and diagrams.
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Deblistering machine

A literature sheet describing the Mr. Deblister(TM) product recovery system is now available from Gemel Precision Tool (Ivyland, PA). The deblistering machine can remove a variety of products, including liquid gels, caplets and tablets from blister cards at speeds to 3길/hr.
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'Intelligent' machine vision

Mentorvision(TM) from Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) is the first automated inspection system to use the company's "Intelligent Vision" technology.
At Johnson Controls' recycling plant at Novi, MI, incoming PET bottles are debagged and fed into the company's process that prod
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FDA plans to speed approval for PCR use

Packagers are delighted with what they've heard about new post-consumer plastic resin rules expected this fall. Data requirements will be clearer and more specific so retesting will be minimized.
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Packaging management

A six-page brochure from Duralam (Appleton, WI) highlights its integrated system of packaging management. Discusses Duralam's extrusion and flexographic printing capabilities, laminating and pouch making, including the DuraZip(TM) line.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
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Slide blister machine

The S Bli 50 slide blister machine from Adolph Illig (Heilbronn, Germany) uses third edge folding to ensure that product in a blister pack does not fall out.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
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Roller conveyor

Hytrol's (Jonesboro, AR) Model 190-SPA horizontal live-roller conveyor is designed for "zero-pressure." Accumulates light loads as small as 1 lb/ft without line pressure.

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