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California eases environmental labeling law

Companies have a new defensive weapon against environmental labeling suits in California thanks to a revision of the state's environmental labeling law.
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High speed bottle fillers

Krones (Franklin, WI) VP electro-pneumatic bottle fillers accurately fill plastic or glass bottles within ±2 mm fill-height accuracy, and at speeds to 1겨/min, depending on model and bottle size.
Prior to picking, blister packs travel through a long infeed section (above) and transfer to a white-ribbed flighted indexing be
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Getting a grip on automation

Custom robotic collator/tray loader permits Berlex Laboratories to pack featherweight, difficult-to-handle blister packs in two configurations at up to 300/min.
After filling, printed rollstock is perforated, cut and guided over the container before it enters the shrink tunnel. Perfecting
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Shaping new markets

Cacique pushes for mainstream acceptance of drinkable yogurt with a striking container design and vibrant full-body shrink label graphics.
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Single-stage is on stage at Coke plant

The great debate
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Coupon/booklet placer

A single-head reciprocating placer from Massman Automation Designs (Villard, MN) is designed to place booklets, leaflets, coupons or promotional pieces onto composite cans at speeds to 400/min.
The new water-based formula for WaterSeal Ultra allows the use of    pearlized blue HDPE containers, an F-style 1-gal jug and a
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Premium is as premium does

New Thompson's Ultra Water Seal employs pearlized HDPE containers and a variety of handsome labels to communicate the product's improvements.
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Breaking the speed limit

With what's touted to be one of the first four-lane end conversion presses in the world, Korean canmaker Hanil Can Co. has revved up to never-before-seen speeds of 2군 can ends per minute on its new can end manufacturing line.
These 8-oz bottles of milk-it! brand milk in six-packs will debut in January in Orlando. Inset shows close-up of the bottle?s
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Fresh milk flirts with 'value added' packaging

Extrusion blown of LDPE and topped with a unique closure injection molded of the same material, this new package could give milk a whole new single-serve image.
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New fish inspection marks

Several inspection marks for fish package labeling were recently modified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Kraft does double detection

While twin-lane metal detection equipment and pipeline detectors are not uncommon, it is unusual to find them both on the same packaging line. Kraft Jacobs Suchard wanted two systems in its Liverpool, England facility for a new high-speed filling line for Vitalite margarine.
This diagram illustrates the flow of resin from dryer, to booster units, to preform molding, to preform conditioning, to blow m
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Single-stage is on stage at Coke plant

Coca-Cola Company's commitment to bringing consumers the packages they want has helped make this plant in Poland special. Integrated injection molding of PET preforms and stretch/blow molding of bottles was a first in the vast Coke empire.
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape (sidebar)

Where the markets are
Side by side, the true contour (right) has a convex label panel that requires a shrinkable label. The straight-wall contour (le
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape

Coca-Cola's 'true contour' PET bottle is a big success in several parts of Mexico. Promotora blow-molding plant decorates with a shrink label of OPP applied with glue.
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Vertical bagger

The Model V-250 vertical f/f/s bagger from Rovema (Lawrence-ville, GA) packs most free-flowing products, including granulates and powders, at speeds to 80 bpm.
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Stand-up pouch form/fill/seal system

The ITD 2000 horizontal f/f/s system from LM Packaging (West Redding, CT) forms, fills and seals stand-up pouches with Doyen-style gussets at speeds over 100/min.
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Digital servo drive

Indramat (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the DKR digital AC servo drive for multi-axis converting applications that require both high power and high accuracy, such as unwinding/rewinding, rotary die cutting and flexographic printing.
Both Molson Ice and Coors Extra Gold beers have added the alcohol content by volume to their labels, albeit subtly. Will others
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

The BATF is set to issue a proposal on how alcohol content can appear on beer labels. Many brewers strongly oppose mandatory labeling.

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