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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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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 customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
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Festive cup stars at Carl's Jr. restaurants

A converting process expands into cups, creating a festive holiday promotion for
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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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Hair colorant dispenser finds its roots

New York-based Revlon Consumer Products' Beauty Care Division was the first company to use Stull Closure Technologies' (Randolph, NJ) Snip-Tip friction-fit dispensing closure.
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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) will invest $30 million to build a new carton converting plant in Houston County, Georgia.
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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.
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How State Chemical cleans up (sidebar)

Flexibility needed in case printing
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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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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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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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Disconnect switch

Hubbell's (Bridgeport, CT) new Circuit-Lock(TM) disconnect switch has been expanded from 30A to include 60A and 100A ratings, 120 to 600 VAC, single- and three-phase applications.
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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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Roller conveyor

Hytrol's (Jonesboro, AR) Model 190-SPA horizontal live-roller conveyor is designed for "zero-pressure." Accumulates light loads as small as 1 lb/ft without line pressure.
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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PET bottles and jars

Tech Industries (Woonsocket, RI) is now the primary supplier of ACI Rockware Plastics' (Norwich, UK) Silhou-ette(TM) line of injection-stretch blow molded PET jars and bottles.

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