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Let's go bust some clutter

Seeing is believing. When it comes to consumer branding, the apt phrase might be “seeing is buying.” More accurately, it would be “unseen is unsold,” because consumers cannot buy what they do not see.
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Golden Mummy awards unwrapped

The 18th annual Golden Mummy and Pyramid Awards from the Films Business of ExxonMobil Chemical were celebrated Nov. 8 during Pack Expo International.
An icon dominates graphics on packaging for the Microsoft Office: Mac line from Microsoft. The icon was developed for an earlier
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'Best-Practice' Techniques Deliver Shelf Impact

Here are five packaging strategies used today to help create the product-to-shopper connection that drives brand sales.
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Training tomorrow's technicians

Here’s what three technical colleges are doing to help prepare both incoming students and current workers for the next generation of packaging machinery.
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How to get more women interested in packaging

Valerie Lovelace, training manager for Perrier Group of America’s Poland Spring, Poland Spring, ME, talks about what she believes it takes to get more women involved in the business of packaging.
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Wake up and smell the standards!

Attention packaging machine buyers. Take this quick quiz: Are you fed up with trying to maintain increasingly computerized packaging equipment, networks, and plants?
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Appointments, promotions

—Hammer Lithograph (Rochester, NY): Hart Swisher, dir., innovation and technology; Andy Beach, mgr., technical services.
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Perrier debuts gulpable water

The Perrier Group of America introduces its first ever PET water bottle with a 43-mm, wide-mouth opening.
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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Special label has DNA 'alcopop' aglow

Wet Plant Beverages' DNA in 12-oz bottles features a no-label look and a back label with a neon green thumbprint that phosphoresces in blacklight.
Two end-user executive committee members are Daniel J. Amundson, technology leader, corporate engineering technologies at Procte
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Progress on standards

On a gray day in mid-March, engineers from eight packaging end users, 21 machinery builders and 12 controls suppliers filed into a conference room in a downtown Chicago skyscraper.
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Packaging OMAC group rolls up sleeves

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group met in Chicago in March to hammer out an official mission and articulate four key goals for the group. The OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) working group consists of end-users, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers seeking to increase commonality and simplification among today’s complex motion controls in packaging machinery.
Keith Campbell (left), director of automation and integration for Hershey Foods, led the meeting.
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OMAC group tackles packaging motion standards

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Motion for Packaging Working Group hammers out a specific mission and four key areas to simplify motion controls for packaging machinery. Areas include: defining business benefits of open controls; standardize on programming languages; standardize on network protocols; foster education in motion control technologies in tech schools and colleges.
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Flexible materials shine

Mobil’s Golden Mummy and Pyramid awards programs honor pouches for disposable washcloths, Pop Tarts® and dinosaur snacks, as well as labels for vitamins, beverages and bug spray.
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Communicating: Still a challenge in 21st-century technologies

We may have successfully overcome some of the minor inconveniences caused by the calendar rollover into 2000, but many of us still struggle with the many ways technology lets us communicate with each other.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH): William VanArsdale, vp, global sales and marketing.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Hammer Lithograph Corp. (Rochester, NY): Patrick Oliveto, COO.
Standardized motion controllers can reduce costly training and engineering time for packaging end-users and machine builders.
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Forging a control standard for packaging

Packaging faces a digital crossroads, with an opportunity ahead for packagers, if they seize it. At the February 1999 OMAC Users Group meeting, several packaging end-users indicated an interest in standardizing motion controls for packaging.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Hammer Lithograph (W. Henrietta, NY) has relocated to a new state-of-the-art headquarters and mfg. facility at 200 Lucius Gordon Dr., W. Henrietta, NY 14586; phone: 716/424-3880, fax: 716/424-3886.
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Flexible film use wraps up awards

A bag for grease lubricant and a label for bottled juice are just two examples of innovative film uses that earned Golden Mummy and Pyramid awards.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Hammer Lithograph Corp. (Rochester, NY) has opened New Frontier Packaging (Charlotte, NC), a technology-and applications-focused, multi-color packaging printer.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cutler-Hammer (Westerville, OH) has realigned its businesses into global marketing and sales.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Hammer Lithograph (Rochester, NY): Patrick M. Oliveto, sr. vp.
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Kraft Foods 'hedges' for cost consistency (sidebar)

No effect on converters
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Kraft Foods 'hedges' for cost consistency

Food processor broadens cost-control strategy from ingredients into packaging materials thanks to new 'intermediaries.' Commodity-type contracts provide insurance against material price run-ups.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cutler-Hammer (Pittsburgh, PA) opened four new branch offices in China: Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, Tianjin, Shenyang in Liaoning Province and Chengdu in Sichuan Province.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Cutler-Hammer (Pittsburgh, PA): Judith A. Baranowski, dir., supply chain management.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Eaton Corp. (Cleveland, OH) has created a new division called Cutler-Hammer Eng. Services and Systems in Pittsburgh, PA.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
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EPA targets flexible packaging industry on air emissions

In its bid to comply with mandates set forth in the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tooling up to focus on the converting industry.
Specialty Brands1 decision to change its caps to a custom green color is an attempt to    maintain brand consistency. Label pane
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Spicing up a line

Specialty Brands revamps its Durkee Spice products for a more contemporary look. A switch from PP to PET, new sizes, graphics and freshness coding add flavor to a well-established line.
Two full pallet discharge stations are shown here, and immediately in front of them is the grooved track that guides the automat
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Transfer cars simplify pallet handling

Owens Brockway glass plant now relies on automated cars and pallet stackers instead of forklift operators to move cases of glass from palletizers to stretch wrappers.
Ventilation holes in Prohens? new corrugated box (above) help maintain grape quality during shipment from Chile to the U.S
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Corrugated container reaps sweet rewards for Chilean grape grower

Prohens switches from wooden crates to corrugated boxes to pack grapes for export. Lighter box provides protection, speeds set-up and reduces labor costs for Chilean grape grower.
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Filling in container corners adds convenience

New space-efficient rectangular 5-gal jug helps C.A.R. Products improve filling and handling. Convenience for end users helps boost sales by 10%.