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Graphics have been redesigned for all Minute Maid packages
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Juiced up packaging

Chiquita tests SiOx-coated board and a brand new gabletop carton size. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Foods says goodbye to Minute Maid's basic black, redesigns Hi-C and launches a novel 7.7-oz aluminum can.
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Automatic case packers

The Model HIS-1800 case packer from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) uses a walking beam shuttle instead of lugged transport chains to convey and load product into RSCs at speeds to 15 cartons/min.
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Supplier news: Achievements

DuPont Co.'s (Wilmington, DE) Clysar shrink film plant in Clinton, IA, received the Certified Preferred Supplier status from 3M's Audio Video Products div.
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Vision inspection equipment

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
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Thermoformed tray is a hit for Target

The FasTRACKER(TM), introduced last May by Target Therapeutics, is a disposable catheter tray system that protects a single catheter from abrasion and crimping and maintains a sterile barrier.
Sandoz has introduced its sensitive Lescol heart medication capsules in light-protective two-layer coextruded bottles
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication

The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
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Converter adds third wicketer for PE bags

Sengewald USA's 140ꯠ-sq-ft Marengo, IL, converting facility has added a third bag wicketer to produce 2- to 4-mil polyethylene bags at rates to 175/min, for food, nonfood and medical packaging applications.
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication (sidebar)

Flexible Frangos stand-up to competition
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Imagesetter aids Chicago Litho Plate

An imagesetter is providing faster turnaround time, added flexibility and improved separation quality and accuracy for Chicago Litho Plate's prepress operations.
Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN
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Congress ready to reform product liability

Caps on punitive damages and clauses on proportionate liability are strong candidates for inclusion in laws as Congress tackles tort reform.
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Overprinters

Willett America's (Lawrenceville, GA) Models 2730 and 2760 overprinters can print text, graphics and bar codes directly onto flexible packaging materials at speeds to 8"/sec.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) has become charter donor to the Flexible Packaging Educational Foundation (Washington, DC).
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PVC demand in packaging to grow 3%

A recent study by The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, OH, says demand for polyvinyl chloride packaging in North America will grow an average 3% annually to reach 1billion lb in 1998.
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Shrink wrap system

Arpac's (Schiller Park, IL) Model BPTW-60 shrink wrap system overwraps 60 trays/min using either plain or print-registered PE film. It uses an overwrap flight bar system and single sheets of film cut by a rotary knife.
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Spout cap

The Hi Flo spout cap from Precision Packaging (Stockton, CA) has a larger inside opening than most similar closures, allowing better product flow.
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Software systems 'pop' big savings for Weaver

Computer software helps Weaver Popcorn improve pallet patterns and downsize corrugated shippers. The result is savings of thousands in freight and material costs.
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Disk mailers

Sealed Air's (Saddle Brook, NJ) Jiffy(TM) disk mailer is a low-cost mailer with a premium appearance. Uses white liner board consisting of 100% recycled fibers with 80% post-consumer content.
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Semi-automatic shrink bundler

Aline Systems (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has introduced a shrink bundling system that can wrap round, rectangular and oblong shapes, with or without a tray.

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