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Envisioning new OTC labels

Potential changes to over-the-counter drug labeling came into clearer focus on Sept. 29 when the Food & Drug Administration held a public hearing soliciting ideas for a redesigned label.
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IBM rides new 'saddle' suspension pack

IBM selects a new 'saddle' suspension pack to protect low-profile products like hard disk drives. Increased recyclability also results in cost savings, better performance and inventory reduction.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Tetra Laval Food Hoyer Inc. has opened a new converting plant in Pleasant Prairie, WI, (below), for production of tapered and straightwall Tetra Cup ice cream containers.
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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Boca Raton, FL) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before wrapping it around the pallet load.
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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Skatewheel conveyor

The Model FX heavy-duty flexible gravity skatewheel conveyor from Hytrol Conveyor (Jonesboro, AR) is designed for applications where the conveyor must be moved to fit a variety of situations, such as loading or unloading trailers.
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Senate freezes poultry labeling issue

California's two senators cried foul to current frozen poultry labeling regulations that are loose enough to allow chicken to be labeled as fresh even if the flesh is hardened.
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Foil-lined cap

Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has extended its line of 38-mm plastic closures to include a foil-lined cap. The Foil-Lined STN closure provides added freshness and security while retaining original features of the STN cap.
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More action on milk labeling

In an effort to promote consistency and clarity in milk labeling, the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish the term "skim" as a synonym for "nonfat" for labeling milk, acidified milk, cultured milk and sweetened condensed milk.
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Digital tension controller

Horton Manufacturing's (Min-neapolis, MN) TC820 tension controller is for web printing or converting involving unwind, centerwind, centerwind drive or mid-process control.
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Some like it hot

Upstart cap molder Acadiana Plastics Manufacturing outfitted its injection molders with hot runner manifolds and a quick-change mold system for faster cycles, quick changeover and better quality PP caps.
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Robotic case packer

Designed to replace customized equipment, the Model SPP Servo Robotic Place Packer from Combi America (Canton, OH) comes with one of four E-series case erectors.
Suntory can now rely on Monotherm-blown bottles (right) as well as on bottles blown by means of other heat-set technologies (lef
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New blow-molding process for heat-set PET bottles

Monotherm technology produces PET bottles that can be filled at temperatures as high as 95°C. New Age beverages and returnable/refillable bottles are target applications.
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Stretch wrapper with corner post inserter

Newtec's (St. Louis, MO) Muller® 202 Baby Octopus® stretch wrapper has a corner post inserter for more flexibility in variable corner-board heights.
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Labeler helps juice marketer expand

Downeast Sunsprouts, Inc., a small family-run health food business, must be able to put out 10ꯠ bottles of its 100% fresh-squeezed fruit juice per day to keep up with growing demand for its product in its expanding New England market.
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Bag-opening system

Formost Packaging Machines (Woodinville, WA) has developed an innovative bag opening system for use with its GT-4 Bagging System for bakery products.
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Shrink bag

The PromoBag shrink bag from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS) benefits fresh meat and food processors. Uses polyolefin anti-fog film for food applications, or a variety of other shrink films for nonfood applications.
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CPSC ponders skewering charcoal labels

Backyard barbecues are a time-honored American tradition, but they can be dangerous. Improper use of charcoal products in grills and hibachis kill an average of 26 people a year and injure another 400.

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