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Nimble, facile, flexible:How packaging survives

Packaging has been called a chess game without checkmate-never ending, always evolving-reflecting the changing demands of product manufacturers who, in turn, are trying to satisfy the needs of the consuming public.
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Festive cup stars at Carl's Jr. restaurants

A converting process expands into cups, creating a festive holiday promotion for
Wigwam?s new paperboard sock pack is customized for each product through the use of pressure-sensitive labels, one on the front
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future

Revamping outdated graphics wasn't enough for sock maker Wigwam Mills. New pack and labeling improve consumer appeal while output and flexibility meet retailers' changing needs.
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More flexibility in Nutrition Facts placement

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) final rule on nutrition labeling gave manufacturers greater flexibility in the placement of the nutrition facts panel on packages.
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TE tubs

Clear OPS tubs for baked goods from Wilkinson Mfg. (Ft. Calhoun, NE) use the patented DeltaPak(TM) TE closure for protection against pilferage. Overwrap or shrink bands can be eliminated and the tubs can be opened easily in a simple, one-step process.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) will invest $30 million to build a new carton converting plant in Houston County, Georgia.
A green-and-yellow ?batch marker? conveys through an accumulating station, indicating the end of a run of video cassettes. The m
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Video cassette production rolls at Sony U.K.

Internally powered roller conveyors link labeling, wrapping and packing functions on three identical video cassette lines at Sony.
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Blister inspection software

When used with Color CVIM inspection tools, Blister-Pak(TM) software from Allen-Bradley (Mil-waukee, WI) can provide high-speed inspection of packaged tablets and capsules in most combinations.
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FTC looks at lightbulb labeling

It's enough to make regulatory reformers smile. The FTC is reviewing its rules to determine if they are still needed. The 1970 Light Bulb Rule is among the latest to undergo scrutiny.
Gleneagles' John Hamilton (top, far left) and Krupp's John Piercy were instrumental in establishing the bottler's in-house stre
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Gleneagles springs for in-house stretch/blow molding

Scotland's Gleneagles Spring Waters shifts from buying PET bottles to stretch/blow molding them in-house from preforms. The change saves $600ꯠ/yr and provides a "family" image for its seven bottle sizes.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Kaufman Engineered Systems Inc. (Toledo, OH) will serve as the U.S. rep for Zecchetti S.r.l.'s (Montecchio Emilia, Italy) bulk palletizers for glass and plastic containers.
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The art of bar coding

Fearing a UPC bar code would spoil the label design of their new Harmony Internationals line of ethnic snack food mixes, the marketers at Glico Harmony Foods created a clever way to make the often intrusive and sometimes unsightly bars part of the art.
At the end of Barber Foods? packaging line, Lock?n?Pop is applied to a box top by two pneumatically operated nozzles
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Barber Foods pops for an alternative

When stretch wrap's true colors showed through-and weren't green-this chicken product producer switched to an adhesive palletizing system.
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Slide blister machine

The S Bli 50 slide blister machine from Adolph Illig (Heilbronn, Germany) uses third edge folding to ensure that product in a blister pack does not fall out.
A 70-micron oriented PP sleeve label is applied to the filled and capped PET bottle prior to proceeding through a shrink tunnel
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Purity pervades Gleneagles' filling process

From natural springs to cleanroom filling conditions, Gleneagles ensures product purity that can be seen in glass-like PET.
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'Intelligent' machine vision

Mentorvision(TM) from Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) is the first automated inspection system to use the company's "Intelligent Vision" technology.
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Batching systems

Batching Systems (Owings, MD) has developed a four-color brochure highlighting its Batchmaster® counting/ weighing systems and its Bagmaster® bagging ma-chines.
At Johnson Controls' recycling plant at Novi, MI, incoming PET bottles are debagged and fed into the company's process that prod
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FDA plans to speed approval for PCR use

Packagers are delighted with what they've heard about new post-consumer plastic resin rules expected this fall. Data requirements will be clearer and more specific so retesting will be minimized.

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