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CannedWater4Kids Charity honored

Ball Corporation, the largest producer of recyclable beverage cans in the world, has presented its prestigious “Can Ambassador Award” to 501c3 charity, CannedWater4Kids (CW4K) of Sussex, WI.
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Ball Corporation opens expanded Graphics Center of Excellence

Ball Corporation has opened an expansion of the company’s Graphics Center of Excellence (GCOE) in Westminster, CO to deliver high-quality can graphics, customer convenience, and fast pilot turnaround in the beverage metal packaging industry to thei local, national and global customers.
FAULTLESS PREP. Orca Bay redesigned its frozen seafood packaging to include two varieties of vacuum-packaging steam technology--
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Value and health drive new food and beverage packaging

A depressed economy and consumers' increasing concerns about personal, as well as environmental, health and wellness drive food and beverage packaging innovations.
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FDA official analyzes current and future food safety efforts

The problem with thinking about how to protect the nation’s food supply is that when you get into it a little bit, it’s pretty frightening.
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Keener focus on structural design: the shape of things to come?

Color is king in packaging’s visual hierarchy. But shape, a strong No. 2, might be on the verge of a breakthrough. Shape speaks the ‘language of credibility’ in a holistic design.
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Smart's light still burns bright

Smart packaging thrives, with innovations that drive greater brand marketing and product communication, as well as enhance product quality and safety.
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Five ways contract packaging is changing

It’s more than rising fuel and energy costs. Change reflects the consumer’s mind-set and in-store trends. Respond by balancing production complexity with simplicity.
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Packaging: the new enabler

Our PTIS group of packaging thought leaders from across the value chain and across packaging functions is happy to be contributing to Packaging World on a regular basis.
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Does new bill hold future of FDA?

If you look at this stuff, about all you can say is, ‘Oh, man.’
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Breaching Boundaries

The folks pushing OMAC and OPC-UA are ready to shift the focus of packaging automation from devices to data.
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Say goodbye to excess

“The days of excess are over.”
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Healthy prognosis for healthcare packaging

Pharmaceutical firms seek packaging line improvements to cut costs, biologics present packaging challenges, and medical device growth is driven by aging baby boomers.
ELAU's new delta robot mechanics, together with its popular robotic software library, simplify packaging machinery designers' ab
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Delta robot mechanics new from ELAU

With expiration of key patents, packaging machine designers now have the option of designing or purchasing delta picker robot arms from ELAU. The purpose-built robot mechanics complement ELAU’s robotic library.
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Leveraging 'green' as an on-package marketing tool

Consultant Sterling Anthony shares insights on marketing your eco-friendly package.
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Industry watch

CompaniesFKI Logistex opened a new 31,000 sq’ Technology & Education Center in Cincinnati, OH,  
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Detergent package wins AmeriStar award

Co-packing played a key role in developing a package whose shape and functionality bring a new look to the laundry detergent aisle. Display Pack (www.displaypack.com) created the design and Apco Packaging (www.apcopackaging.com) filled the package for Orange Glo International’s Oxi Clean Toss-N-Go “detergent ball.” The package won a 2006 AmeriStar award, which was presented at the Packaging Summit in May 2007.
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Making no bones about calcium

FDA wants to make it easier for food and drink packagers to make package health claims for osteoporosis.
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Back in the U.S.A.

Drug reimportation legislation seems likely to pass in Congress. It may jumpstart track-and-trace packaging technology.
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World Cup fever

To celebrate the 2006 World Cup in Germany, CCE in the UK produced a Pet Coke bottle in the shape of a football--soccer ball for you Americans!
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Marshmallows and Doumak

Some things you may not know about making marshmallows:• Marshmallows are hard to package because the lightweight product is falling down the forming tube at the same time they are displacing air that goes up the tube. Unlike most products, they aren’t much heavier than air.“In my next life I’d like to package ball bearings,” jokes company president Barry Blum.• The business is fairly seasonal, with one peak ahead of the late-year holidays and another ahead of Easter. • Marshmallows are used more often as an ingredient than an end product. • It takes about 60 minutes to produce a marshmallow.• Company founder Alex Doumak is credited with modernizing marshmallow production when he patented and begin using an extrusion process starting in the 1950s. 
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The wrap-up: Marshmallows are hard...to package

Can you figure it out why that is before I did?
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What's new in food & bev?

Convenience is king in food and beverage packaging—now and for the foreseeable future. But other trends bubbling to the surface bear watching.
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Custom branding clears up skincare's packaging

SkinMedica works with structural branding firm to transform its stock packaging look to create structure and design across its product line.
COMPLETE SYSTEM. Since the new dosing system and vf/f/s bagger were installed, speeds of 15 2-lb bags/min are now
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Nothing nutty about this bagging system

The need to pre-mix spices and sugar in small batches is an inconvenience that has been overcome since this purveyor of nuts implemented a dosing/bagging upgrade.
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Six Essentials To Managing Packaging Innovation

“Your goal as a packaging professional is to develop innovative packaging solutions that empower the developers to provide new product offerings.”
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Advantage: Full-Body Sleeve Labels

This summer, Penn Racquet Sports, Phoenix, AZ, is launching three- and four-counts of new HEAD-brand tennis balls packaged in PET cylindrical containers with full-body shrink sleeves supplied by ITW Auto-Sleeve (www.itw-autosleeve.com).
Many of Assemblies Unlimited's packaging projects require hand assembly because of custom packaging requirements that are cost-p
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Dimensions Of Turnkey Service: The'General Contractor'

Assemblies Unlimited positions itself as the ‘point’ for entrepreneurial marketers, using a national network of suppliers to deliver services from design to logistics.
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Vacuum conveyors

Dorner offers its 2200 Series low profile vacuum conveyor. With a frame height as low as 1.87", it can easily fit in tight places.
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High-speed counting system

The Batchmaster® III (BMIII) multi-channel / multi-head, high-speed counting system from Batching Systems, Inc.
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The wrap-up: Surprising packaging

Unexpected pairings of product and package raise editors' and consumers' awareness.
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Specialty packaging

VisiPak offers its line of specialty packaging, including Gift Paks such as the candy cane tube packages, POP-Pak header cards that help eliminate the middleman and complete the entire package, Compartment Paks that separate products in one container, Donation Containers for fund raising, and Golf Ball Tubes for promotional campaigns.
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Compact linear actuator

Festo introduces its SLME, a ball screw-driven linear actuator that uses a fine-pitch ball screw and recirculating ball bearing guide designed to achieve high accuracy and repeatability.
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ISU gains big assists from industry (sidebar)

ISU’s R&D lab has a lot on the ball
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TOPICS ANNOUNCED FOR CONFERENCE AT PACK EXPO

New My PACK EXPO™ Tool Available to Help Attendees Select Compatible Sessions
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Shown here are the four-station conveyor pallets emerging from the shrink tunnel. Each station holds three shrink-sleeved balls.
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An automation hole in one

Wilson Sporting Goods puts golf balls in shrink sleeves three times faster since installing conveyorized system that now runs smoothly 24/7.
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What is this thing called Resource Distraction Value?

It’s the real-dollar value–sometimes as large as the direct costs themselves–that a company saves when leveraging a contract packager. The benefits, although seldom tracked, fall directly to the bottom line.
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Sites

New or enhanced websites
A single controller andles complete machine control on
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Servos bring gentle handling

On this four-axis tray loader, an integrated controller teams up with intelligent servo drives on all four servo motors.
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PPC Gold award winners

Following is a list of Gold award winners from the PPC annual competition.
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PPC Gold award winners

Following is a list of companies that won Gold Awards at the annual PPC competition.
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PPC Gold award winners

Following is a list of the Gold Award winners from the PPC annual competition.
he camera vision sensor inspects lids as they are conveyed down the packaging line at Alltrista.
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Machinery with a vision

As machine vision technology becomes more reliable and cost-effective, manufacturers will begin finding it easier to integrate into their packaging lines.
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Companies

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) and Ball Corp.
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Hardware clutter cutters

The National Hardware Show reveals improvements that leverage packaging through distinctive appeal.
Mold air cooling: From 120 deg C to 130 deg C
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Hot fill bottles: Opting for diversity

For PET bottles, the HR process accommodates variations in product, bottle size, weight, fill temperature, blowing rate, and more. Sidel has been developing an array of solutions to respond to these many different packaging criteria.
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
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Eductation: Ball State's press operators

Two dozen students from Muncie, IN-based Ball State University’s Graphic Arts Management program spent a day in February on a technology tour visiting Rapid Impressions, a sheet-fed printing facility in Broadview, IL.
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Industry watch: Companies

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has signed a definitive agreement with Danaher Corp. (Washington, D.C.) where Danaher will purchase Marconi Data Systems for $400 million USD.
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Food allergens nothing to sneeze at

FDA is looking more closely at food labels and processing/packaging materials to determine whether incidental additives must be declared.
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Distributors show off creativity

A total of 21 packages in seven categories were honored with awards in the annual NACD competition. Winners in the food category are products of precise engineering.
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Light beer grabs new star

Lone Star Light showed off its new package design at the Seventh Annual Great Texas Beer Festival on May 22. According to San Antonio, TX-based Pabst Brewing Co., LS Light was redesigned to differentiate the brand as a stand-alone, as opposed to its previous stance as a “light version” of Lone Star.
General industrial and automotive: gold to North Pak Palmer Container (Twinsburg, OH) and Ashland Chemical for an F-style can an
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Other NACD winners cont.

General industrial and automotive: gold to North Pak Palmer Container (Twinsburg, OH) and Ashland Chemical for an F-style can and spout for insulation adhesives; silver to Richards Packaging and Bardahl for a bottle and closure for a custom designed bottle for automotive chemicals; bronze to TricorBraun and Senoret Chemical for a bottle and dispensing closure for a pesticide.
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Promo pack 'tees up'

Beginning Feb. 26, 2001, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch made Michelob and Michelob Light available nationwide in new 12-oz aluminum cans with a golf ball embossed on both front and back. The cans are made in-house by A-B on embossing equipment from Alcoa Packaging Machinery (Crawfordsville, IN).
In lieu of sending greeting cards, Edelstein Diversified Co. Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has made a holiday donation to The
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Achievements

The Folding Carton Div. of Green Bay Packaging Inc. (Green Bay, WI) has achieved more than 7 years without a lost- time injury. —Plastic Suppliers, Inc.
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Prize figures <br> are 'capped'

from InterBev 2000: Antarctica brand guarana beverage from Brazil-based Ambev has a toy prize inside the hollow 'cap' that tops the shrink wrapped 8-oz PET bottles. Each patented, ring-shaped Cap Container contains one of 40 different Pokémon™ figures.
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WD-40 promotes 'straw strap'

San Diego-based WD-40 Co. has come up with a way to keep the all-important spray tube on its popular lubricant product from getting lost. The firm’s 8- and 11-oz cans now have a red, yellow or blue stretchable rubber strap around the neck.
From CAMC's 25-station lab/classroom (above), students can control equipment in surrounding labs from their PCs. Notes written b
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'Motion Control University'

The Center for Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota offers a hands-on curriculum of leading-edge technology.
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WD-40 promotes 'straw strap'

San Diego-based WD-40 Co. has come up with a way to keep the all-important spray tube on its popular lubricant product from getting lost. The firm’s 8- and 11-oz cans now have a red, yellow or blue stretchable rubber strap around the neck.
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Super marketing through packaging

Products at the Food Marketing Institute trade show in Chicago illustrate how grocery marketers rely heavily on packaging to add convenience and sales appeal.
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What's new at NPE 2000

Packaging World Interactive previews some of the new packaging-related machinery and components used to produce both rigid and flexible plastic packaging materials that will be on display June 19 to 23 at the National Plastics Exposition.
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How European culture drives packaging (sidebar)

Enhancing package appeal
Peelable lidstock is heat-sealed to hot-filled cups of salsa (left) on an intermittent-motion cup filling machine. Before sealin
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Film structure is tops with Bel/Kaukauna

A multilayer peelable lidding film for plastic cups of hot-filled salsa eliminates leakers and provides easy opening.
The Golden Cylinder Awards competition recognizes excellence in gravure printing. Shown here are three of the packaging winners:
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Gravure printing goes for the gold

This year's winners in the Golden Cylinder Awards competition include packages for golf balls, root beer and oil filters.
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
Taylor Made?s Moisture Block? sleeve is said to protect golf balls from absorbing moisture, which causes velocity loss in the b
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Can packaging improve one's golf game?

An innovative plastic 'sleeve' keeps golf balls fresh while providing an excellent barrier to distance-robbing moisture.
Food, bronze
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More than just a pretty package (sidebar)

Additional winners include:
Mobius winners span several varying packaging styles. The Newby teas evoke a sense of classic refinement, the President?s Choice
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Package designs shine among Mobius winners

The 28th-annual Mobius Awards were handed out late last year. The package design category highlighted some of the year's most exciting and successful packages.
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Glass shapes up new launch, revitalization

Ferrolito Vultaggio & Sons, creator of dazzling packages for its AriZona Beverages, is at it again. Blue Luna Caf/, a line of ready-to-drink coffees, debuted last month in a double-handled blue-tinted glass bottle resembling a Grecian urn.
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Arbor Mist packages wine success

Introduced in the summer of 1998 by Canandaigua Wine (Canandaigua, NY), Arbor Mist became the first wine in nearly two decades to reach sales of 1ꯠꯠ cases within the first 100 days of shipment.
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Whisky bottle gets dressed up

Hiram Walker is stretching the full-body shrink-sleeve boundaries with a promotional sleeve label for its Canadian Club whisky. The Greenwich, CT-based company's 750-mL glass bottles adorned in golf ball garb were released last June in Ontario, Canada, to commemorate Father's Day.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch

From depalletizing to shipping, nearly identical packaging equipment on two new lines boosts efficiency at the brewer's Houston, TX, plant.
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Palm Beach style for every consumer

Lake Success, NY-based Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons, makers of AriZona beverages, is introducing a new malt liquor product called Palm Beach. The two cocktail-style drink flavors, Margarita and Cosmopolitan, are in frosted-glass, flask-style bottles.
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Retaining part-time help (sidebar)

Government forecasts 'cloudy' for packaging labor
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Employee retention through TLC (sidebar)

Capitalizing on multiple locations
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Ball Park 'singles' in a winner

Ball Park Singles® are hitting supermarket shelves nationwide this month in what is believed to be the first-ever package containing individually wrapped hot dogs.
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Anheuser-Busch tests PEN bottle to answer some market questions

The first commercial market appearance of a polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) homopolymer bottle in the United States occurred earlier this summer in New York City and on New York's Long Island.
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Tea in a matchbox

Steep Co. of South Glastonbury, CT, thought that its Tea Matchbox(TM), adorned with graphic icons, labels and fun slogans, was so unusual the company had it trademarked.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Ball Corp.'s William Peters, president of metal food container operations, celebrated National Canned Food Month with Joan Lunden, former host of Good Morning America, at a high-profile media event in February in New York City, along with other can manufacturers.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Selecting containers
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN) plans to move its headquarters by year's end to its Colorado Eng. Center building in Broomfield, CO.
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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN): Ted L. Schmidt, president, intl. packaging operations.
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DOJ kills Reynolds/Alcoa deal; will it chill Reynolds/Ball talks?

In late December the U.S. Department of Justice moved to prevent Reynolds Metals Co. (Richmond, VA) from selling its Muscle Shoals, AL, aluminum can stock rolling mill to Alcoa (Pittsburgh, PA).
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New Year's promise: Further packaging advances

There's a better-than-even chance we'll see a surge in packaging advances this year. Packaging developers in a host of segments see the promise of their long labors bearing fruit in 1998.
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A-B hopes bowling pin bottle is a strike

Last month, bowling alleys across the country began serving beer in an exclusive package they can call their own. The package is a 16-oz bottle of Budweiser shaped like a bowling pin, from Anheuser-Busch, St.
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Errant label copy forces recall

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recall of some Ball Park Fat Free Franks and Eckrich Fat Free Bologna products. Both contained a milk protein not listed on the label.
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Almaden's label is clearly contemporary

This year, Canandaigua Wine Co., Canandaigua, NY, began shipping its Almaden® wines in 50 SKUs with clear pressure-sensitive labels that provide a distinctive appearance against the clear glass bottles.
Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
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Packaging revolution IS changing everything

"This changes everything." That line, taken from a recent crop of Chrysler ads, would have us believe the company's doing something revolutionary in its field.
On the reheat stretch/blow-molding machine on which PSM?s cryogenically cooled bottles are blown, mandrel-mounted preforms are c
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Cryogenic cooling of heat-set PET awaits patents

The technology's not commercial yet, and it certainly has its skeptics. Test results show that thermal and barrier properties are enhanced significantly by blowing PET into heated molds and cooling with LN2 delivered by a unique new system.
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Matrix finds 'suede' takes special handling (sidebar)

Additional winners include:
Tom Connelly (above) stands on a catwalk over the discharge station of the #10 press as four-color process-printed watermelon bi
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Chairman of the printed board

Connelly Containers has what it believes is the largest flexo/folder/gluer/stitcher in the world. Four-color process printing can be done directly on triple-wall corrugated board.
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Label, applicator beautify Gillette dispenser

To create interest in its new clear stick anti-perspirant deodorant, Boston-based Gillette Co. embedded in the package a ridged "powerball" dispensing wheel inspired by the roller ball in today's personal computer mouse.
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The Web: still searching for relevancy

For many packaging professionals, today's Internet experience is both irritating and irrelevant. In our view, that's because packagers have been deluded into wasting time searching for data that's not there rather than focusing on finding what is likely to be "enWebbed." Packagers who log on to the Web to find a piece of market data, for instance, "how much aluminum foil was sold in the U.S.
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Ales boast custom bottle, gold-stamped labels

When Portland, OR-based BridgePort Brewing Co. added two new brands to its line of premium ales last month, it used the opportunity to introduce a custom glass bottle for all four ale varieties in the line.
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Heat transfer decorates White Rock cans

This summer, White Rock Products began test marketing its Sioux City Sarsaparilla in a 12-oz aluminum can that's reportedly the first to use Avery Dennison's new Clear ADvantage(TM) Therimage(TM) decoration.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Ball-Foster Glass Container Co. (Muncie, IN) intends to purchase the assets of Anchor Glass Container Corp., (Tampa, FL), which has recently filed for bankruptcy.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture (sidebar)

The perils of international sourcing
Automated bottle remover turns pucks over on their sides to allow a rod to push through a hole in the bottom of the puck and s
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New equipment revitalizes Amway packaging line

Filling speeds more than doubled and still continue to improve as Amway moves into full production with its new liquid filling line for men's and women's cosmetics.
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Maxfli establishes new identity

When number-three golf ball maker Maxfli discovered that focus groups of golfers knew its product but couldn't recall the logo or packaging, it was time for a redesign.
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Touch Top emerges from development

In development for about four years at Ball Metal Beverage Container Group (Broomfield, CO), the Touch Top(TM) aluminum 202 can end is poised to make its commercial debut.
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
The quick-change rotary orienter (top) properly aligns three 375-ml flasks sold in two distinctive shapes (above
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Unloader, orienter speed Seagram's glass flask line

Automated uncasing speeds output and reduces costs for 375-mL glass flasks. Quick-change bottle orienter aligns bottles for downstream functions.
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Regaining economies of scale in glass

If Lipton's new paperboard container is the showpiece innovation, the tea maker's engineers helped pay for it with a quiet consolidation of its glass containers for iced tea products.
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LPK makes packaging predictions

Package design firm Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) has probed its crystal ball to make public its "Packaging Predictions for 1996." "As baby boomers age, items we used to hide, like adult incontinence products, laxatives and dental adhesives, will be out in the open and packaging will be bolder to reflect this new, open attitude driven by the Woodstock generation turning 50," says Jerry Kathman, vp of client services.
As Ball?s air-pressure tester revolves (above), a microprocessor-based        controller monitors each of 48 can-containing stat
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Ball takes control during can testing

Ball's Columbus, OH, plant is first to use new microprocessor-based controller to monitor leak testing of three-piece steel cans.
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New Year's promise: Internet packaging data

Imagine this. You get a sample of a stand-up pouch used to market salad dressings in Australian food stores. Marketing is pushing to introduce such a product/package ASAP.
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Bags use holograms to promote candy characters

"Sparkling hologram bags that practically glow on the shelf to catch shoppers' attention." That's how Brach & Brock Confections describes the packaging for its new Street Sharks Gummy Candies and Batman & Robin Fruit Snacks and Gummy Candy.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN): R. David Hoover, executive vp and CFO; David B. Sheldon, executive vp, North American packaging operations; William A.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN) and Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (Paris, France) formed an alliance creating a glass container manufacturing company that will be located in Muncie, IN, with Herbert H.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN): Ron G. Kain, mgr. of its Chino, CA, PET container manufacturing plant.
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PAM with a pump

Figuring it likely that "aerosol aversion" might cause some consumers to steer clear of its PAM® cooking spray in an aerosol can, American Home Food Products of Madison, NJ, began testing an alternative package: PAM with a pump.
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Scott readies Cottonelle launch

Package design plays a key role in a launch this summer of three Cottonelle bath tissue products from Scott Paper, Philadelphia, PA: a hypoallergenic bath tissue, a tissue with baking soda, and a moistened personal wipe containing aloe.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN) is opening a PET container manufacturing plant in Chino, CA.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN) is planning to build two new beverage can production plants and add lines in existing plants in the People's Republic of China in 1996.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Ball Corp. (Muncie, IN): George A. Sissel, president and CEO.
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Nabisco enters variety snack category in stand-up pouches

Nabisco Biscuit Co., East Hanover, NJ, is breaking into the variety snack category with Doyan-style stand-up pouches with reclosable plastic zippers.
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Packaging is the 'catch' for gourmet catsup

Will a chunky, more flavorful catsup sell for three times the retail price of catsup sold by market leaders Heinz and Hunt's?
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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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.