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Humco president Tom DeGreve likes the speed and accuracy of his recently installed liquid filler, but its automatic clean-in-pla
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Filler makes changeover a breeze

Tough-to-clean OTC pharmaceutical products like iodine and mercurochrome are no problem at changeover time since Humco installed a filler with automatic clean-in-place capabilities.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Sd-Chemie AG (Munich, Germany): Dick Greenlaw, worldwide desiccant business unit mgr.
Schering-Plough got into pressure-sensitive labeling in a big way when it brought suncare product labeling in-house. Rotary p-s
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Coppertone's new label is a clear winner

Schering-Plough decided to bring in-house new p-s labeling of its suncare products. Along with special labels, the company needed labeling equipment-and also machine vision and ink-jet printing.
Cases of aerosol products are conveyed to the labeler (top) where bar-coded labels are printed then applied using the tamp-blow
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Is bar-coding a valuable customer service?

When customers asked for bar codes to help control inventory,Sherwin-Williams got the message. It implemented a custom print/apply bar code labeling system.
At Trenton brewery, freshly sealed cases of Miller beer pass under the       applicator nozzles (above). Pallet loads (top) are
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Palletizing system brews up savings for Miller

At Miller Brewing Company's Trenton, OH, plant, a switch from stretch wrap to a cohesive palletizing system has resulted in considerable reductions in material and labor costs while cutting waste as well.
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F/f/s retrofit

Presto Products (Appleton, WI) has introduced a patented technology for retrofitting draw bar vertical f/f/s equipment so that it can be used with Presto's Fresh-Trak® reclosable zipper.
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Survey says "Nutrition Facts" is communicating

Congress mandated it, the food industry fought it, and converters scrambled mightily to incorporate it on the labels and packaging materials they produce for U.S.
Above: Gary Kulling, plant manager at CPC?s new plant inspects bottles destined to become Coastal Unilube (above, right). At CPC
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CPC takes over bottlemaking for Coastal Unilube

Continental Plastic Containers (Norwalk, CT) recently opened its 16th bottle plant (15th in the U.S.). This one's in West Memphis, AR, and it produces high-density polyethylene containers for Coastal Unilube.
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Durable mailing envelopes

Sealed Air Corp. (Fair Lawn, NJ) offers a brochure discussing the applications, features, and benefits of ShurTuff® durable mailers. Stonger and lighter than paper, these coextruded, polyolefin plastic mailers reduce postage and withstand shipping stress.
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7-UP adds sparkle to holiday packages

A holographic label on 2-L bottles of 7-UP and Diet 7-UP is helping to promote a Miracle Money promotion by Dallas-based Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Corp. Bottles with the holographic label are available in Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Southern California markets until the end of the year.
Semi-automated shell-handling system greatly reduces the repetitive motion involved in feeding shells to the line
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Pepsi line has future in mind

Fast changeover and overall versatility were foremost in mind when Pepsi designed its high-speed line for hard-to-handle one-piece PET bottles in four different sizes. Machine redundancy, computerization, and modular construction all contribute significantly.
This $5-million gravure press has 10 stations for a variety of printing requirements.
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Converters add new presses

Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.
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Versatile vinyl clearly a winner

Innovation played the key role in this year's Vinyl in Packaging Awards competition. Some winners were decidedly "green" as well.
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Beverage Packaging Wars Pay Peace Dividends to Others

No matter what your product, you probably have, or will, profit by some packaging development that first made its debut in the beverage packaging sector.
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Stretch replaces shrink

For insulation manufacturer Litepac, shrink wrapping stacks of polystyrene insulation was a costly process-both in money and in material waste. The Granard, County Longford, Ireland-based company's change to a System 2000 Double Stretch Bander from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) not only provided savings but ended the potential problem of board distortion caused by heat from shrink wrapping.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Stull Closure Tech. (Randolph, NJ) was presented with the "Energy Efficiency Leadership Award" by the Eastern Utilities.
Originally a stock flint bottle was used (above). Currently the cobalt blue bottle is available in four sizes (top), one of them
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Skyy gets it right

U.S. made (and proud of it) Skyy vodka comes in a striking blue bottle that's starting to make its mark in restaurants, bars, and liquor stores across the country.
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Film labeler

The Model 3200ST p-s film labeler from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) now has an "air fill" feature that pressurizes the bottle internally to stabilize sidewalls during labeling.

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