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Registration is Paramount to video success

Paramount Home Video's holographic carton for Star Trek Generations sells out its entire production run. Registering process printing to full-coverage holographics is a first.
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Premier Plastics grows PET bottle business

California blow molder is among the first in the U.S. to use a 24-cavity injection/stretch blow-molding machine that increases 1/2-liter PET bottle output by at least 40 million per year.
Graphic Packaging?s new 10-station press (above) operates at speeds exceeding 1,000?/min. At a laminating station near the end o
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New press focuses on flexibility

Converter Graphic Packaging's Franklin, OH, plant is the first in the U.S. to use a new press that can print flexible packaging by gravure and flexography, and dry-bond laminate and apply cold-seal or hot melt wax-coat in-line. Kroger's coffee bags represent the first commercial application.
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Applications news

Atlanta, GA-based Himac added a John Dusenbery (Randolph, NJ) slitter in Spring to increase its slitting capacity by 50%, according to Himac president Ray Woody.
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Components

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has unveiled a new 8-page brochure: "Solutions for Food & Beverage Packaging, Food Processing and Flexible Packaging." It describes how individual components such as sensors, process controllers, PLCs, timers and counters, operator interfaces, RFID and machine vision systems can work together with existing automation to provide total automation solutions.
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F/f/s films

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed the FS 5000 series of films, designed for hot and cold form/fill/seal packaging applications. These medium barrier, multi-layer coextruded polyolefins provide increased strength and flexibility at temperatures ranging from 212°F to
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
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Custom chemical labels

Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) offers p-s label stock for chemical labeling applications such as drum identification. Labels can be customized to withstand most environments, or given a UV-resistant coating to meet OSHA regulations.
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PVC blister film

Mirrex® 1025 PVC pharmaceutical blister film from American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) provides faster cycle times, and forms at temperatures as low as 67° C.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MULTI-FILL Inc. (Sandy, UT) will purchase the complete line and inventory of the MPFS and MPFM volumetric pocket fillers from HEMA U.S.A. Inc. (Sandy, UT).
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Bundler offers tear strip

EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) offers film perforation as a standard option on most new bundling systems, or as a retrofitted option on existing systems.
At top, Boston Beer?s Samuel Adams brand notches the edge of its bottle label to indicate the ?best before? date on a 12-month p
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Brewers getting 'fresh'

BATF weighs brewers' petitions for freshness dating, and considers requiring brewers to disclose corporate names.
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Anti-stat conveyor for f/f/s

Easy-to-operate vertical form/ fill/seal machines from KEY-PAK Machines (Lebanon, NJ) have anti-static exit conveyors to permit the passage and safe grounding of static electrical charges created by sliding surfaces in the packaging of foods and beverages in metallized plastic film.
Shown at interpack 96, this half-liter returnable beer bottle was filled for test purposes by Mayr Brewery of Germany
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Testing the power of PEN

Tests of hot-filled jam in a jar and pasteurized beer in bottles are among the latest signs that PEN's packaging potential may soon be realized.
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Tabletop carton/card printer

Model 1016A tabletop carton/card printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) flexographically prints text, bar codes or variable information onto flat cartons or cards measuring up to 10" x 10".
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Supplier news: International agreements

Black Clawson Converting Machinery Corp. (Fulton, NY) has signed an agreement with Pagendarm Technologies GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) to market and manufacture the Pagendarm product line for coating and drying technology in all of North and South America, except for Brazil.
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Auger filler

The All-Fill (Exton, PA) Model SV-400 auger filler provides accurate, repeatable filling of powders, granulates and liquids. It uses The Cerebus III control system, a brushless, direct-drive servo motor with motion control electronics to control the auger for precise filling.
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Mandatory alcoholcontent labels?

Once again Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) is taking aim at the licensed beverage industry, introducing legislation designed to curb the promotion of alcoholic beverages.

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