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Custom bottles boost promotion

Custom packaging played a key role in the success of a recent hair-care product promotion by Matrix® Essentials of Solon, OH. The firm's Vavoom(TM) and Systeme Biolage® professional salon hair-care product lines were offered in a special 250-mL promotional size.
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New look spurs paint sales

Its closure and container are stock items, and the label doesn't exactly stretch the envelope either. But the new paint package introduced last October by Colorations, Inc., has done wonders for sales.
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Clairol specs PCR plastic and paperboard

Substantial percentages of recycled post-consumer material are being used in the packaging of two new product lines from New York, NY-based Clairol.
Improvements in materials and machines helped Kraft Canada reduce leakers on zippered cheese packs
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Team effort builds a better zipper

Continuous Improvement Teams at Kraft Canada wouldn't rest until the leaker rate on the firm's zippered reclosable cheese packs was firmly under control.
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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.
With one strap already in place (top), the operator holds down the flaps as a second strap is applied. Because the corrugated co
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Strapping gets an upgrade at Ford

At Ford's massive parts center just outside Detroit, new strapping equipment helps ensure that dealerships around the world receive quality damage-free parts.
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PET bottles and jars

Tech Industries (Woonsocket, RI) is now the primary supplier of ACI Rockware Plastics' (Norwich, UK) Silhou-ette(TM) line of injection-stretch blow molded PET jars and bottles.
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Resealable labels

Engraph's (Moorestown, NJ) resealable labels allow consumers to repeatedly reseal the extended-text label after it is opened. Can hold warnings, directions, recipes or warranties.
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Hot-fill capper

The Model Y221 capping machine from Alcoa Closure Systems (Indianapolis, IN) is a high-speed, hot-fill plastic closure applicator. Suitable for products bottled in steam-filled, high temperature conditions, such as juice.
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
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Vision inspection equipment

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
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Automatic case packers

The Model HIS-1800 case packer from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) uses a walking beam shuttle instead of lugged transport chains to convey and load product into RSCs at speeds to 15 cartons/min.
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Compliance lid

The Virtual Hinge Closure from VH Technologies (New York, NY) can help users comply with recommended dosages of their prescription drugs. It combines a cap with molded numbers that indicate day or dosage amount with a patented hinge that must rotate to the next number to reclose.
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Common sense approach to regulations?

So far, so good seems to be the consensus among packaging industry lobbyists as Congress continues to move swiftly on regulatory reform, part of the House Republicans' Contract With America.
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CPC wins responsibility for Mobil motor oil packaging

A multimillion-dollar five-year contract was signed last month by Mobil Corp., Fairfax, VA, that gives Continental Plastic Containers (Norwalk, CT) an unusual management responsibility for Mobil's plastic packaging for motor oils.

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