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A Weiser design

When Weiser Lock introduced its Weiser Brilliance(TM) line of residential door hardware this Spring, the Tucson, AZ-based company wanted to make sure its new products wouldn't get lost on store shelves.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
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Slaking a thirst for real-time data

Ocean Spray's new Nevada plant just outside Las Vegas boasts the latest in on-line data acquisition and communications systems. Can/glass line is a good example.
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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Booth #1006) new pouch feeder can orient numerous styles of pouches for downstream operation at speeds to 200/min. The pouches are moved into a deep bowl centrifigual feeder, where they are picked up by a starwheel and placed onto an exit conveyor.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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Dry soup maker stands up the envelope

In the dry soup category, packaging tends to be either printed or labeled cups or envelopes in a carton. Sahara Natural Foods, San Leandro, CA, has combined the advantages of both.
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Intellectual packaging

Los Alamitos, CA-based produce manufacturer Frieda's is taking a new approach to marketing for its latest line of products. Grouped as foods that are indigenous to the Americas and traditionally prepared by Native Americans, Lost Crops of the Americas(TM) features exotic products such as red and blue cornmeal, fresh aloe vera, black quinoa and rattlesnake beans.
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Blister/skin/shrink packaging

Sun Industries' (Booth #1432) Model M-816 Stretch Pak(TM) machine employs a unique combination of blister, skin and shrink technologies to create a line of high-quality carded packaging.
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U.K. beer recall results in relaunch

In mid-July, U.K.-based joint venture Carlsberg-Tetley PLC introduced Tetley's Draught beer in 500-mL aluminum cans. The brew's new can graphics sport cream colors that depict the decorative huntsman roundel popular on beer taps in British pubs.
Premier Plastics uses two labeling \"systems\" to apply front and side labels for two sizes of Mallards Food Products' ginger st
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Labelers stir fry a skillet of savings

California converter blow molds and labels containers for packer of ginger stir fry sauce sold at supermarkets and club stores. Set-up and operation video trains operators on labeler use.
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Metallocene polyolefin foam

Metallocene polyolefin foams from Sentinel Products (Hyannis, MA) combine the ease of fabrication and processing of crosslinked PE foams with the enhanced physical properties of elastomeric foams for a low-cost alternative for void-fill packaging of laptop computers and other electronic products.
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Injection-molding meets special needs

A newly available injection grade of Barex® modified acrylonitrile resin from BP Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) allowed Cheil Foods of Seoul, South Korea, to introduce its bonka bean and chili pastes in clear, glass-like, unbreakable containers providing a one-year shelf life.
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High-temp label stock

ScotchMark(TM) 3921 is a high temperature label stock for thermal transfer printing from 3M (St. Paul, MN). Made of 3-mil cast acrylic, it can handle operating temperatures to 450°F, flash temperatures to 550°F, immersion in solvents, abrasion cycling, flagging on contoured surfaces, as well as extended exposure to weather or UV light.
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Can inspection system

Busse's (Randolph, WI) Turbo Sorter units are designed to help can makers provide flawless containers. The TS-4000 Turbo Sorter combines the company's Turbo Depalletizer with a high-speed, two- or four-lane sorter for fast and accurate container inspection.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Hampel Corp. (Germantown, WI) plans to expand thermoforming capabilities by adding 20ꯠ sq ft to its present facility.
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Cartoning and sizing software

Pack and Stack(TM) version 3.0 software from Advanced Logistics Systems (Roche Harbor, WA) is designed to help configure bulk or cartoned products in shipping cases, and cases on pallet loads, to maximize space use.
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Reclosable blister

The Twister Blister from Inline Plastics (Milford, CT) is a two-piece blister package that serves as a reusable container. A base is attached to a paperboard card and a second plastic piece twists on or off.
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Smart labels fight counterfeiters and provide product assurance

The problem: In California earlier this year, a number of alert young mothers noticed something disturbingly different about the powdered infant formula they were giving their babies.

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