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Not only does the new forming web for the Idexx blister pack provide better  barrier, it doesn1t turn yellow as its predecessor
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Lamination solves a pair of problems

Forming web used for blister packs of reagent chemicals turned yellow with age and provided insufficient moisture barrier. New material addresses both issues.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. (Atlanta, GA) purchased an industrial site and began equipment selection for a new beverage carton converting operation in Mexico.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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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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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Booth 2526) Q-Series(TM) Three-Station automatic stretch wrapping system functions as a stand alone or in-line unit. It wraps standard loads up to 54" x 48" x 92" and accepts most commercial films.
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FSIS says no to AMI

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) denied a request by the American Meat Institute (AMI) for a blanket 6-month extension of the August 8, 1995, deadline for revising ingredient labeling standards.
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Biocraft transcends random checkweighing

Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Booth 2162) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before stretching it around the pallet load.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Emhart Powers (Elmira, NY) has secured exclusive rights to represent LumenX Co.'s (Mogadore, OH) machine vision systems.
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Erect/pack/seal system

Durable Packaging (Booth 3365) will introduce its Erect/Pack/Seal System with bag-in-box feature. Suitable for packaging of bulk, powdered and medical products.
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Meridian shifts again

Sales are up for Meridian Clear, a noncarbonated, flavored spring water introduced in late 1993. So far up that Atlanta, GA-based Meridian Beverage Co.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Advanced Monobloc (Hermitage, PA) received The Gillette Co.'s Omnimark Award for outstanding quality and service performance in 1994.
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Labeling checklist

To prevent unforeseen problems, Engraph Label Group (Charlotte, NC) is offering a "Checklist for Labeling Success." The free checklist details up to eight parameters for each of five categories, including container, facestock, adhesive, graphics and application.
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Five Alive tries a new look

Houston-based Coca-Cola Foods Co. began test marketing a new version of its Five Alive(TM) fruit beverage in some Pacific Northwest cities this past May.
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Automatic feeder

The Model VIP-100 feeding machine from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) feeds flat products out of a single magazine at speeds to 100/min. It uses a unique combination of friction, vacuum feeding and pneumatic principles to consistently feed a variety of products, including leaflets, accordian-fold literature, cards, booklets, magazines, CDs and video tapes.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

rommeLag USA (Fords, NJ) has formed a new company, Holopack Intl., to meet specialized contract packaging needs in the pharmaceutical liquid filling markets.
When the package emerges from the shrink tunnel, the clear glossy film is wrapped tightly around the box to provide a barrier to
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Microsoft says 'No!' to automation

World's largest software producer says "Yes" to more people involvement in packaging its leading software programs. The result is higher productivity and better looking packages.

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