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Compliance lid

The Virtual Hinge Closure from VH Technologies (New York, NY) can help users comply with recommended dosages of their prescription drugs. It combines a cap with molded numbers that indicate day or dosage amount with a patented hinge that must rotate to the next number to reclose.
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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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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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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.
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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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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).
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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Edible water soluble films

MonoSol® LXP-1832 is a completely edible water soluble cellulose polymer film from Chris Craft (South Holland, IL). It can be converted on conventional machines into bags or wrappers.
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Environmental legislation may be left at gate

Given the Republicans' legislative priorities, it is unlikely that Congress will pass any major environmental legislation this year. Senator John Chafee (R-RI), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said overhauls of Superfund, the Clean Water Act or the Endangered Species Act are unlikely.
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication (sidebar)

Flexible Frangos stand-up to competition
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Polyester label film

Polytuff polyester label film from Avery Dennison's Soabar Systems Div. (Philadelphia, PA) is available in metallic, white or clear to meet a variety of application requirements.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Avery Dennison's Decorative Films div. (Schererville, IN) has signed an agreement with Obron Atlantic Corp. (Painesville, OH) to handle North American marketing and distribution of Metal-ure(TM).
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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Thermal film imprinter

Columbia's (Danielson, CT) model TR-20 thermal-transfer film imprinter can now be integrated with the Titan model 6500 Rollbag fully automatic bag system.
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Dual-compartment yogurts are catching on

First it was TCBY Enterprises with its Twosome line (see PW, November '94, p. 24) of two-compartment yogurts. Now The Dannon Co. has launched a similar line called Double Delights.
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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 systems

Damark Packaging Systems' (Lockport, NY) customized shrink wrap units include L-sealers up to 50" x 120" and shrink tunnels up to 54" x 54" x 100".

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