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Budget battle may clip EPA's wings

Regulatory reformers are using the budget process to curb the powers of federal regulatory agencies, often by denying funding for specific programs. Uncertainty reigns at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as it waits to see how Congress handles its appropriations.
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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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Horizontal funnel machine

Southern Packaging and Bottling Machinery (Lawrenceville, GA) has introduced a new horizontal funnel machine that forms pouches from rollstock and fills them with dry mix products, rice, candy, instant oats, pharmaceutical products or small medical devices.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs
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Front/back/wrap labeler

Labeling Systems (Mahwah, NJ) has introduced the Model 6800 high-speed front/back/ wrap labeler. It has a dual-belt infeed system that eliminates change parts and ensures proper spacing.
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Stretch-wrapping systems

The Vortex Series of stretch-wrapping systems from Orion (Memphis, TN) combines the logic of fully automatic machines with the portability of semi-automatic stretchwrappers.
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Vermont's BST label regs challenged

Barring a court injunction being sought by dairy industry groups, manufacturers of dairy products will be subject to Vermont's mandatory BST labeling regulations as of September 12, 1995.
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Sheet-fed press proves it's game for Chicago converter

Sheet-fed offset press with in-line aqueous coating helps Moss Printing enhance efficiency, reduce labor costs and pursue additional business. A contract packer of a popular board game carton is among the first Moss customers to benefit.
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Cartoning and sizing

Pack and Stack(TM) version 3.0 from Advanced Logistics Systems (Roche Harbor, WA) is software designed to size and palletize single-sized or bulk items.
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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.
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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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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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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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. OSHA (sidebar)

Is OSHA too nit-picky?
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. (Atlanta, GA) is increasing its converting capacity by 40ꯠ tons per year by installing two new carton converting lines at its West Monroe, LA, carton plant; Riverwood plans to start up a new $23 million coating and additives facility at the same location.
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Semi-automatic debagger

AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI) has introduced a new line of semi-automatic debaggers for emptying plastic bottles from bulk bags. The debagger can debag two bag/ min holding 108 1/2-gal bottles or 48 1-gal bottles.
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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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