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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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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.
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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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Printer/applicator video

A new video from Monarch Marking Systems (Dayton, OH) highlights the capabilities of the Monarch 1460(TM) printer/applicator. It discusses actual case histories of how the machine has helped companies meet just-in-time requirements for the automotive industry, compliance labeling for major retailers, and inventory control.
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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).
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.
While the returnable/refillable Bonaqua bottle is made from costly PEN homopolymer, the other two bottles shown here are made fr
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon

High-performance bottles made of PEN homopolymer or naphthalate-based copolyesters are beginning to find their way out of technical conferences and onto store shelves around the globe.
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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.
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.
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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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

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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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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.
Holographic labels provide competitive differentiation for Lime-O-Sol?s product additions.
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Giving your package the works

Household product manufacturer Lime-O-Sol gives its new products a distinctive dual-chambered bottle and a holographic label to gain market share.
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Steel eyes the aluminum beverage can market

This year speculation around the world says that steel may regain an appreciable part of the beverage can market it lost to aluminum-thanks to steel's favorable costs. European trend may presage a similar shift in the U.S. in the next few years.
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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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Bulk packager

Polypack's (Largo, FL) Model FH32-40-CL shrink wraps pharmaceutical bottles in a variety of bulk configurations to eliminate the need for corrugated cases.
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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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