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Retailers' influence strengthens over packaging

ECR, pre-built displays and J-I-T delivery are just three reasons why many retailers are now calling the shots on both primary and secondary packaging. Three of the largest manufacturers help converters understand how they respond.
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In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Header labels applied automatically

Three years in the making, a machine that automatically applies header labels to pouches produced on vertical form/fill/seal machines is ready for the packaging marketplace.
Materials Product Brief
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Checkweigher

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Model HW-15 checkweigher is a strain gauge weighing system with a continuous conveyor that moves packages for weighing at speeds to 65 boxes/ min.
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Trial blister packaging system

The Trialpack 600 from Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL) is designed for fully automated clinical trial packaging. Its machine vision system makes it suited for randomized and blinded clinical trials.
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Plug assist material

Formplast® 2000 rod and plate from Cadillac Plastic (Troy, MI) is a new thermoplastic composite material that can be used to make thermoforming plug assists.
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Blister-pack thermoform/fill/seal system

The Ministar-VAL from Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) is a pneu-matically driven thermoform/fill/seal system designed for pharmaceutical applications. It can produce PVC/aluminum or ampule blister packs at speeds to 40 cycles/min.
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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CR packages: another bone of contention

Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Hand tools 'bag' to differentiate

Responding to retailer needs is paying off for Apple Valley, MN-based Enderes Tools. The company manufactures some 400 different hand tools, selling them to hardware stores and home centers nationwide.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL) will distribute pouch packaging equipment from Laudenberg Packaging Machinery (Sarasota, FL) in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

U.S. Coexcell (Maumee, OH) opened a plastic drum warehouse in Auburndale, FL, to serve that state's citrus processors.
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Top graphics make milk pouch come alive

One of the pioneers in pouched milk packaging in the U.S. is now presenting its product in four-color flexo printing on white 4-mil linear low-density polyethylene that's bringing vivid color to the milk case.
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Tube production line

The SFM Line® is a modular tube production line from Automation Industrielle (Vouvry, Switzerland) that allows producers to gradually increase capacity as necessary without having to reinvest in tooling.
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Microwavable pouch pushes sandwich fixin's

In October, Madison, WI-based Oscar Mayer, a division of Kraft Foods, began test marketing stand-up pouches for five varieties of its HotWiches(TM) Sandwich Makers in Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit.
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Uncanny developments at Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup Co. (Camden, NJ) has an undeserved reputation as a one-product/one-package company. It almost never has been a single product company, and it has always used a variety of packaging forms.
As a group of bottles is conveyed right to left in the case packer, one of the eight heads of gripping bells moves into position
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New bottle packers help Modelo deal with refillables

Southern Mexican brewery installs high-speed rotary bottle packers that are now used throughout Modelo's system. Efficency soars even with returnable cases of marginal quality.
The sterile bath for the lidding material, shown here with the door open, is normally filled with a water solution that?s 35% H2
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Dairy makes markets abroad

German dairy starts up two aseptic thermoform/fill/seal lines that produce yogurt and pudding with a 130-day unrefrigerated shelf life.

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