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Perrier's 5-gal handled bottle gives consumers a better grip (top). A new modular rack system (above) cradles the bottles and pr
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Perrier gets a grip

Better ergonomics and lighter weight are benefits of Perrier’s new 5-gal water bottle with integral handle. Plus, a new rack system for transport reduces bottle breakage.
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Clever packages take flexibles to a new level

Sleeves for propane cylinders win Flexible Packaging Assn.'s President's award. Other FPA winners include pouches of grease for fifth wheels, recyclable ream paper wraps and protective air cushion packs.
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Labeler hits the mark

When J.I. Stanzel of Alumaseal Corp. ordered a new labeler for plastic bottles of his firm’s radiator sealant, he never expected a “plug-and-play” experience from the new equipment.
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Epsilon-Opti Films Corp.: Shrink film

Opti-99 is a multi-layer BOPP film from Epsilon-Opti Films (South Plainfield, NJ). Requiring a low shrink force, the film is available centerfolded from stock in 6” to 30” widths or custom-produced singlewound sheeting from 10” to 70” widths.
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Food packs sparkle in DuPont Awards

From an Ocean Spray package that won the Diamond Award to a vacuum-insulated container for foods and other temperature-sensitive products, this year’s DuPont Award winners are an eclectic and innovative bunch.
The electronic tablet counter (above) is a twin-style system that funnels tablets down two parallel paths and into containers. A
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Vitamin maker counts on electronic filler

Steady sales growth at Jamieson Laboratories made it obvious that a new vitamin packaging line was needed. Electronic tablet counting brings big benefits.
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Vitamin maker counts on electronic filler (sidebar)

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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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NesQuik and Gatorade shine at DrinkPak '99

Aseptic filling of Nestle U.S.A.'s NesQuik and Quaker Oats' Gatorade were two of the hot topics on the agenda at this December conference.
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Labeler minimizes downtime at bundler

Dairy Crest of Gloucestershire, England, is the first to install a Harland Zeta thermal-print-and-apply labeler from Harland Machine Systems (Manchester, England).
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Specialty drinks get old look

As the new year begins, Hansen's Beverage Co. looks to the past with its new line of "signature" sodas. They're packaged in brown glass bottles with crown closures and full-body shrink labels that evoke a feeling of simpler times.
Cases are formed into rows (top) on a slider plate that moves a layer of cases (above) onto the stretch wrapper part of the pall
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Dow Corning sings praises of palletizer/stretch wrapper combo

Combo systems at the end of three silicone sealant cartridge packaging lines save space, money and materials at the company's Elizabethtown, KY, facility.
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Heinz ketchup labels cop an attitude

In the first major label change on Heinz ketchup bottles since the venerable product debuted in 1876, the words "Tomato Ketchup" will be replaced with comical messages directed at teens.
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Epsilon-Opti Films Corp.: Shrink film

Opti-97, a shrink film from Epsilon-Opti Films (South Plainfield, NJ), is suitable for high-speed packaging where cooling time is limited between shrink tunnel exit and bulk placement in a box.
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Longford International LTD: Microprocessor-controlled bander

Longford's (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) automatic BR900 bander is a microprocessor-controlled machine that bands paper products such as envelopes and lottery tickets at speeds to 40 packs/min.

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