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Grandad?s Real;Bacon;Rinds package uses a fused susceptor system, in which microwave susceptors burn out when they reach a cer
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Pork rinds pop up in new market

Microwave susceptor technology creates a new market for two pork rind producers, as family-owned Grandad's and food exporter Alamilla and Associates try their hands at microwavable pork rinds.
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Physician samples

Over-the-counter physician samples from Ivers-Lee (West Caldwell, NJ) contain product samples and information, as well as retail coupons. Existing blisters or customized strip pouches are crimped to the booklet.
This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.
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Static dissipative film

American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) has introduced Mirrex 7002, a clear, static-dissipative vinyl film for use in thermoforming ESD trays, clamshells and blisters.
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Plastic colorants

Teknor Color (Pawtucket, RI) now offers colorants with special edge-glow effects. The TekNeonLite series includes four new colorants for use in easy-flow, general purpose and high-heat clear polystyrene for a neon edge glow.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Advanced Monobloc (Hermitage, PA) has recently been named a supplier of certified components by the Hair Care Division of Cosmair, Inc.
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Induction sealing system

The 4kW Integral II induction sealing system from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) is capable of sealing closure sizes from 20 to 120 mm at speeds over 100 ft/min.
With a case erected and waiting, the packer pushes 12 cartridges into the box before it is transferred back to the line for seal
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager

A complete new line, from unscrambler to pallet stretch wrapping, lets Pratt & Lambert United automate production of top-selling large adhesive cartridges.
A robotic arm (top) dispenses liquid foam into the center of an outer corrugated shipper. An automated product placer, using ar
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Waterford's protection yields crystal clear benefits

By automating use of foam cushioning, Waterford Wedgwood protects $235 million worth of crystal and decorative ceramic pieces. Operational efficiency goes up, too.
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

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Label market to reach $5.8 billion

U.S. demand for all labels is projected to increase 6.6% annually to reach $5.8 billion in the year 2000, says a recent study by The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH).
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Right angle bundler

Great Lakes (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 708E compact right angle bundling system. Automatic machine can collate and sleeve wrap grouped or stacked packages at speeds to 20 bundles/min using 27" wide film.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
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STOP, look and read

Thompson Medical Co., West Palm Beach, FL, wants consumers to read the labels it puts on its nonprescription drugs. So it's designed new, simplified information headings to tell readers about active ingredients, uses, directions, and consumer warnings.
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Cartoning and sizing software

Pack and Stack(TM) version 3.0 software from Advanced Logistics Systems (Roche Harbor, WA) is designed to help configure bulk or cartoned products in shipping cases, and cases on pallet loads, to maximize space use.
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FTC regs take effect

Federal Trade Commission regulations governing the information that must be disclosed on light bulb packages went into effect May 15. Developed under the umbrella of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the regs are "designed to help consumers buy the most energy-efficient bulbs that meet their needs," says Kent C.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) is installing two new carton converting lines at its West Monroe, LA, carton plant, to increase its converting capacity by 40ꯠ tons per year.
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Stepper-driven wipe-on labeler

Label-Aire's (Fullerton, CA) 2115ST is a microprocessor-controlled, stepper motor-driven, wipe-on labeler designed for extra long or thin film labels.

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