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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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Pressurized gel dispenser stands out

When Darien, CT-based Zotos Corp. launched its Senscience Styling Froth Conditioning Gel last year, the packaging specified by the company was the Advanced Barrier System (ABS) from Advanced Monobloc (Hermitage, PA) inside a 7.7-oz aluminum aerosol can.
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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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Valve and liner system

Patented EZ-Valve® system from Paper Systems (Des Moines, IA) consists of a reclosable valve heat-sealed to a bulk container liner. Both components are made of PE that's FDA-approved as a food grade material.
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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.
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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Lineshaft conveyor

The LS-500 high-speed conveyor from Interlake Matl. Handling Div. (Lisle, IL) reaches speeds of up to 500'/min. It uses zones of rollers instead of drive bands or individual rollers for direct power from the shaft through drive modules.
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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.
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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Vertical cartoner

The Triangle/Yeaman vertical cartoner from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) has a positive in-line drive chain protected by torque-guard clutches, a rotary drive carton feed and quick-change pockets.
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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.
State?s newest sealer is used on a multipurpose packaging line that runs sizes from 1-oz sampler bottles up to the 16-oz bottle
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How State Chemical cleans up

Cleveland-based chemical packer modernizes its filling lines with induction sealing, and with a computer program that helps put customer service first.
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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.
Sales of Roskam Baking1s Rothbury Farms retail croutons and stuffing mix have increased briskly since the company changed from a
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Crouton pouch stands up to the competition

Stand-up reclosable pouches replace folding cartons with inner liners for Roskam Baking's line of Rothbury Farms croutons. Zippers are applied in-line on new horizontal rotary form/fill/seal machines.
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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.
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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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Semi-automatic case sealers

The CP-333 and CP-344 semi-automatic carton sealers from Central Products (Menasha, WI) are suited for clothing and furniture manufacturers who seal lightweight, bulky packages.
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