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Flexible Packaging

Plymouth Tube?s long lengths of stainless steel tubing require boxes up to 25? long (above). To help stabilize the long containe
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Laminated paperboard cures distribution headaches

Wooden crates couldn't consistently protect Plymouth Tube's costly containers of stainless steel tubing. New paperboard packs protect both product and company image.
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Cafe Classics come two per carton. Close-up (left) shows the bottom of a container after its tab has been pulled open and the pr
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology (sidebar)

Unique technology behind Cafe Classics
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Directive adopted

In Europe, comprehensive legislation for reducing, recovering and recycling packaging waste became a reality on December 14 when the European Union Council of Ministers and the European Parliament adopted a directive on all packaging and packaging waste.
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Reclosable pouches

DuraZip(TM) pouches from Duralam (Appleton, WI) offer increased shelf life, improved moisture and oxygen barriers, and minimal flavor scalping.
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Stretch wrapper

The Muller® 202 Octopus® stretchwrapper from Newtec(TM) (Sunset Hills, MO) is a low-cost, lower-speed automatic stretch wrapper that reaches speeds to 50 loads/hr.
Schering-Plough got into pressure-sensitive labeling in a big way when it brought suncare product labeling in-house. Rotary p-s
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Coppertone's new label is a clear winner

Schering-Plough decided to bring in-house new p-s labeling of its suncare products. Along with special labels, the company needed labeling equipment-and also machine vision and ink-jet printing.
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Bulletin board system

An electronic bar code bulletin board system (BBS) has been established by Bar Code Systems (Atlanta, GA). Bar codes can be imported into most programs, including QuarkXpress®, Adobe Illus- trator®, Pagemaker®, and Corel Draw® via modem.
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Pharmaceutical Makers Show Preference for Dedicated Suppliers

Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
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Fluoropolymer films

AlliedSignal (Morristown, NJ) has introduced two pharmaceutical grades of its ACLAR® fluoropolymer film, offering improved cost and performance over existing films.
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Peelable heat seal lidding

American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) has introduced a peelable heat seal coated lidding film for in-line f/f/s tray packaging applications which provides 360° visibility.
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Trapped coupons free Maybelline sales

Maybelline's special promotion of blister-packed cosmetics entices consumers with redeemable fanfolded coupons that are trapped between two SBS cards.
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Bagging system

Available in the U.S. through Len E. Ivarson (Milwaukee, WI), Halmsted, Sweden-based Joker System has introduced the 300 Series bagging system.
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Vf/f/s with header card

Gess Systems (Palmyra, WI) has introduced a new vertical f/f/s system with a heat seal header attachment that produces bags up to 6" x 11" from rollstock at speeds over 25 packages/min.
Nature?s Way uses both mouth seals and shrink bands on all of its bottles (above), whether OTC drugs or not. The company?s blist
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Drug makers worry over new FDA rules

Packaging costs could skyrocket for makers of drugs in two-piece capsules-if new FDA rules mandate sealing. All drug makers show concern over capsule identification and potential tamper-evident pack changes.
In the cleanroom at Luther Medical (above), workers use a special scrolling device to tightly roll the directions for each cath
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Out of pack, top of mind

Keeping medical device directions outside of a sterilized package lets a healthcare professional read up before opening the package. Luther Medical's patented tray design holds scrolled instructions outside the pack for its catheters.

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