Machinery

Out of 15 specific packaging functions, the list above were those most often mentioned by respondents to the survey. Most of the
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Materials and container development lead outsourced functions

Development of packaging materials and containers and the graphics that go on them are the functions most often outsourced, say Packaging World readers. However, packaging machinery selection, packaging line design and integration all make the Top Ten.
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An operator loads ends into a vertical pocket on one of nine Rotofeeder machines located on a mezzanine level at La Coste?a (lef
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End feeders zip chili pepper packing

Equipment that automatically feeds ends to can seamers helps Mexico City-based La Coste"a meet rising demand for its chili peppers. The feeders also save 70% in labor costs and improve overall efficiency at a two-year-old plant.
Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons spares no expense in creating eye-grabbing, color-saturated, richly detailed labels that allow its
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For Arizona, packaging is the medium and message

The secret behind a series of drop-dead gorgeous packages? Packaging decisions are made at the highest levels of a company that's willing to spend big.
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Pediatric labeling

In an October 27 public hearing on FDA's proposed regulation on mandatory pediatric labeling for drugs and biologics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended the formation of a pediatric drug labeling advisory panel to determine, among other things, which drugs really need to be studied.
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.
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Insert wrapping system

The VP450 film packaging system from Pfankuch Machinery (Apple Valley, MN) wraps coupons, recipes, premiums and other inserts that are placed in food packages.
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Label Makers, Inc: Shaker top lid

A two-layer lid for single-serve food, dairy or cosmetics products is available from Label Makers (Pleasant Prairie, WI). The bottom layer is designed to be heat-sealed to the container, which can be constructed of PS or PP.
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'Made in the USA' means it

The Federal Trade Commission is backing off a proposal to ease the requirements for labeling a product "Made in the USA." Faced with protests from unions, consumer groups, and influential members of Congress, including Rep.
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Streamfeeder: Friction feeder

Streamfeeder's (Minneapolis, MN) SB Batch Dropper Universal Friction Feeder(TM) is a high-speed batch counter, accumulator and dropper. It separates and singulates a wide range of products including envelopes, greeting cards and other printed materials.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Adept Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) and Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) have entered an agreement whereby Hoppmann will develop centrifugal part feeders based on Adept's programmable flexible feeder technology.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Zipper packaging system

The Advantage ZP1 from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is a zipper packaging system for pouches that uses an integrated zipper applicator to run LDPE or supported films.
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New kids' Tylenol label

In line with recommendations from FDA's over-the-counter drug advisory committee, labels of Tylenol will begin warning parents of the danger to children from overdosages.
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Product brochure

A full-color brochure from Herbert Static Control (Hatfield, PA) describes its complete range of static control products for the graphic arts and converting industries.
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Rockwell Automation: Machine vision software

Color Blister-Pak(TM) AO3 is updated Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Bloomington, MN) software that runs on A-B's Color Configurable Vision Input Module.
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More country-of-origin opposition

Opponents of the U.S. Customs Service's proposed mandatory front-panel country-of-origin marking picked up two strong consumer-oriented allies when both Washington, DC-based consumer advocacy group Public Voice for Food and Health Policy and the National Consumers League (NCL) submitted comments against the requirement.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) has acquired Mayan Automation (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), a supplier of inspection systems for the plastics, nonwoven and converting industries
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Kiwi Coders Corp.: Carton printer

Designed to facilitate just-in-time ordering without the need for preprinted inventory, the Series 1020 carton printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) prints scannable bar codes and other variable product information on cases, cartons, blister cards and corrugated sheets at speeds to 80 cartons/ min.
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Congress tries to wrap up approval process

Companies using new materials would have to submit to the FDA a notification of intent to market, and the agency would have 120 days to rule. But fees are likely to be charged for the first time.

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