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Squeeze tube filler

ProSys (Middlesex, NJ) has released Models HVF RT112 and HVF RT212 tube filling machines. These fillers can run most tube materials and closure types to speeds of 70 tubes/min.
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Coextruded PET/RPET sheet

Wellman Inc.'s (Ripon, WI) Extrusion Division introduces a coextruded polyester rollstock using 100% post-consumer recycled PET sandwiched between two layers of virgin PET.
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Sliced apples get the value-added treatment

Peeled, cored and sliced, fresh Granny Smith apples have joined the growing list of value-added fresh produce items available to consumers at retail.
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MAP brochure

Praxair's (Danbury, CT) new brochure describes how the use of nitrogen in packaging is a safe way to extend shelf life and preserve the flavors, aroma and colors of a wide range of products.
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Intermittent-motion cartoner

The Cartopac CPE intermittent-motion cartoner from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) offers a unique "feed flat, print and assemble sequence" that keeps cartons flat for printing prior to erecting.
The laser-coded roll of printed material unwinds (from left to right) into the first station within the flow wrapper for sealing
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Chewing up market share

New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
Not only does the new forming web for the Idexx blister pack provide better  barrier, it doesn1t turn yellow as its predecessor
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Lamination solves a pair of problems

Forming web used for blister packs of reagent chemicals turned yellow with age and provided insufficient moisture barrier. New material addresses both issues.
The smooth vertical movement of the stretch wrapper?s film carriage is accomplished, in no small part, by plastic rollers (shown
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Rollers stabilize stretch wrapping

Contoured plastic rollers allow a film carriage to smoothly ascend and descend during stretch wrapping. OEM component helps packagers like Farley Candy wrap loads more efficiently.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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One-piece tubes

Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) has introduced a new series of tubes manufactured with one-piece construction, which can provide benefits in lead times, design, decorating and barrier properties.
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Schlage revamps retail packs

Following the recent lead of several door lock hardware makers, San Francisco-based Schlage Lock Co. has updated the look of its residential door hardware line.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs
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Souprising changes

When Atlanta, GA-based restaurant chain Lettuce Souprise You switched from a paperboard carton to a polystyrene clamshell for its carry-out muffins, it also changed from a 6- or 12-count package down to a 4-count package.
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BenGay gets a whole new look

New York-based Pfizer, Inc. received a commendation from the Arthritis Foundation for its redesigned package for BenGay®. The commendation came largely on the strength of the injection-molded poly-propylene flip-style dispensing closure, which has a peripheral latch sealing system that reduces the amount of force needed by the consumer during opening and closing.
Health claims made on this package of Phyto-Nutrients are accompanied by the required disclaimer that FDA hasn?t evaluated the
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Supplementing copy for dietary supplement labels

Manufacturers of vitamins, herbs and minerals are looking to make health claims on their packages. New rules on copy and packaging are in FDA's plans.
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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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Convinced container shape sells,Coke to change can's contours

The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
With its software system, Bueno Foods can order more exact case sizes to efficiently fill individual units within each case. Exa
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Software proves "bueno" for Mexican food producer

Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.

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