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FPA awards show flexible versatility

From fruit to juice to dog food to premixed grout, the winners in the Packaging Excellence category in FPA’s annual competition are a mixed bag.
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Printing packs a punch

Winners of FPA’s Printing Achievement awards were noted for advances in CTP technology, VOC-free inks, display impact, ‘nuanced color tones’ via gravure printing, and complex distortion printing capabilities.
A vending machine operator stocks dog candy and breath mints in a machine at a Maine highway rest stop.
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Canine candy for all markets

Chomp is a ‘virtual’ company that now sells candy for dogs just about anywhere candy for people is available.
A new breed of capacitive sensor on this pressure-sensitive labeling head lets Pro-Motion Industries run a wide variety of label
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Quick-change equipment shines

From contract packaging to pharmaceuticals to frozen veggies, packaging operations depend heavily on the ease with which they can be changed over.
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Pipeline: Cost reduction--despite the spec

One of the troubling issues I see as we turn the corner into 2003 is an increasing polarization of department goals in many companies.
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Rating systems integrators

Packagers will increasingly rely on outside vendors for packaging line integration, according to a new online survey.
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Quick changeover liquid filler

NJM/CLI (Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada) introduces the FLX 1200 liquid filler that features a modular design providing production line flexibility and quick, simple changeover.
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Automation closes Pandora's box

Pandora Manufacturing, a contract packager of liquids from Pandora, OH, has increased the consistency of corrugated shipping cartons by 30% with the installation of four A.B. Sealer case erectors.
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Universal Labeling Systems, Inc: CP bottle labeling

Universal Labeling’s (St. Petersburg, FL) Contract Packager (CP) 1000 has been designed with extra heavy-duty welded frame, 12’-long conveyor, and a redesigned wider synchronous overhead adjustable hold-down belt assembly.
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How the recession affected packaging (sidebar)

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The thermal ink-jet cartridge is quickly removed and replaced when it's empty.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Caraustar moves to thermal ink-jet coding

Contract pharmaceutical packager Caraustar finds thermal ink-jet coding simple to operate and easy to maintain. The water-based inks are also appealing.
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Tube Council winner

Tandem Oral Care earned Most Innovative Tube award for its unusual dental floss and flouride product in the 2001 Tube of the Year Awards conducted by The Tube Council (Montclair, NJ).
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Salaries satisfy (sidebar)

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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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Distributors remain big factor in purchases (sidebar)

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Contract Packaging Inc: Contract Packaging Inc: Plastic ampoules

James Alexander Corp. (Blairstown, NJ) offers a plastic ampoule created specifically for contract packaging. Glass-free system is composed of a 1-piece molded polyethylene or polypropylene unit that remains intact and sealed until activated by the user.
Dr. David Armstrong of FDA addresses the conference, while Dr. Peter Slade (center) and Dr. Chuck Sizer look on.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Women's work (sidebar)

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