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Medical device labeling proposal assailed

The Health Industry Manufacturers Assn. (HIMA) doesn't support the draft guidance on medical device labeling developed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).
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Bass unveils PET/EVOH beer bottle in U.K.

"We scoured the world for the right technology." That's how Bill Dando, director of package development at Bass Brewers in Burton-on-Trent, England, describes the process that led to Bass' recent launch of one beer and one "alcopop" in identical high-barrier plastic bottles.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Russell-Stanley Holdings, Inc. (Red Bank, NJ) has merged with Hunter Drums Ltd. (Burlington, Ontario, Canada).
A checkweigher verifies that each bag has the correct tablet count (left), eliminating the need for an operator to verify counts
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Vitamins in a vacuum

Vacuum packages of vitamin tablets in foil, believed to be a first, provide Amway's Nutrilite Div. with a unique look for Pacific Rim markets.
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Pactiv Inc.-AVI's (Glens Falls, NY) CouchPouch(TM) received a Sequoia Award, which recognizes environmentally responsible products and systems, from the Assn.
Vittel produces the McDonald?s PET cup (below) in-line on tf/f/s machinery. From its plant in France, the company also manufact
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Vittel taps foodservice markets in Europe, U.S.

French mineral water bottler fills unusual in-mold-labeled thermoformed cup and lid for McDonald's outlets. Vittel also fills PET and glass bottles that are exported to the U.S. foodservice market.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Zipper packaging system

The Advantage ZP1 from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is a zipper packaging system for pouches that uses an integrated zipper applicator to run LDPE or supported films.
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Treated paper focuses on foodservice

Treated paperboard containers provide grease resistance and reduce material use and costs for pizza and breadsticks.
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Elopak, Inc: Aseptic pouch

An aseptic pouch for UHT-processed milks and liquids has been developed by Elopak Inc. (New Hudson, MI). The Elopouch(TM) is a coextruded structure made primarily from PE with up to six layers and is said to keep the product fresh for up to four months at ambient temperature.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

W.D. Adam Co., Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA) expanded its plant in Costa Mesa to 26귔 sq' and purchased what is believed to be the largest vacuum thermoforming machine on the West Coast.
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Streamfeeder: Friction feeder

Streamfeeder's (Minneapolis, MN) SB Batch Dropper Universal Friction Feeder(TM) is a high-speed batch counter, accumulator and dropper. It separates and singulates a wide range of products including envelopes, greeting cards and other printed materials.
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HP picks PE foam for 'green' packs

At Hewlett-Packard's Boise, ID, disk and tape drive manufacturing plant, management sought an alternative to polyurethane foam packaging, which is taxed by European governments because it is so rarely recycled.
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Klockner Pentaplast: Polyester films

Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced Pentastat static-dissipative polyester films for thermoformed packaging of electronic components.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Protective cushioning

Shrink Pak(TM) cushioning material combines shrink wrapping and "bubbled" cushioning. The patented product from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) conforms around the object(s) when heat is applied.
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Rockwell Automation: Machine vision software

Color Blister-Pak(TM) AO3 is updated Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Bloomington, MN) software that runs on A-B's Color Configurable Vision Input Module.
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Intermediate bulk container

The Sonobulk® SL7 is an IBC from Sonoco Industrial Container Div. (Marietta, GA) for transporting liquid products. A series of reinforcing ribs are designed to ensure extra strength for racking and to minimize cage bulging.
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Krones, Inc: New technology orients handles on rotary pail labelers

A new pail labeler technology from Krones (Franklin, WI) allows handle orientation on rotary labelers. Mechanically orients container handles, permitting application speeds of 25 handled pails/min, or 50/min without orientation.

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