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Silica gel packs for pharmaceuticals

Engelhard (Iselin, NJ) has introduced a new line of adsorbent products designed for use by the pharmaceutical industry. DryGuard® Silica Gel Gram Packs help main-tain the activity of moisture-sensitive chemicals and the potency of pharmaceuticals.
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
Feature Article
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United Distillers bulks up on savings (sidebar)

Case taper flies at United Distillers
Materials Product Brief
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
An array of print heads on both sides of the conveyor leading to finished goods inventory lets Borden print variable information
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On-line case printing supports ECR at Borden

In addition to simplified inventory, faster changeovers, and material cost savings, on-line case coding at six Borden plants means faster response to customer needs.
Controls Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
Materials Product Brief
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
Controls Product Brief
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Pallet load labeling

Kolinahr Systems' (Louisville, KY) SA-2000 is an automatic print/apply pallet load labeling system. When integrated with a product load accumulation conveyor, it can apply labels to one or two sides of individual finished product loads.
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Strategies for bar code printer/applicators

"The biggest mistake made in the deployment of label printer/applicators is to treat the purchase and installation of the applicator as a stand-alone piece of equipment, similar to sourcing a tabletop printer." So writes Dan Gilmore of Forte Industries (Mason, OH), a systems integrator, in a white paper entitled, Integrated Bar Code Printer/ Applicator Systems, Keys to Successful System Implementation.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensor

The WTR photoelectric proximity sensor from SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) is specifically designed for accumulation, loading and unloading applications on roller conveyors.
Feature Article
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.
Materials Product Brief
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In-line capper

New Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) new in-line capper uses a patent-pending design to improve torque range and enable users to reach speeds of 600 caps/min, depending on bottle size.
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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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AquaPenn bottles Gerber, adds band

Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Replacing Kessler at FDA

The man who changed the face of food package labels is leaving the Food and Drug Administration, and Congress and industry are waiting to see who is named to succeed Dr.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensors

A new ultrasonic series of 18-mm, cylindrical proximity sensors is now available from Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH). Applications for the Model SM600/SM650 include cap presence and/or tilt detection, fill-level check, nonmetallic container counting, fill-tube presence monitoring, downed container detection and case inspection.

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