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An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
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The ink-jet code applied in-line (below and inset) to the shoulder of milk jugs makes it easy for retail store employees and con
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Meadow Gold milks coding machinery

It wasn't too long ago that a one-line, 12-digit code was all that Southern Foods was able to hot-stamp onto its one-gal, high-density polyethylene jugs of Meadow Gold-brand milk.
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EPA caps VOCs in products

Manufacturers will be required to reformulate, repackage or retire some products. However, most national brands already comply.
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Pet treats maker chooses 'greener' void fill

The folks at Bone Appetit, maker of gourmet pet treats, have revised their thinking about foam peanuts as void fill. They now prefer Sylvacurl, recyclable, biodegradable and reusable wood shavings from Eastview Enterprises (East Hardwick, VT).
Black-suited bodyguards (left) are a highly visible component in Karlsberg?s efforts to promote its 12;2-L plastic bottle. Poin
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Brewers pouring into plastic

Brewers around the world have been on the fence about plastic bottles. Suddenly they're commercializing a variety of plastic barrier structures.
Early next year, AlfaPet plans to promote its small-animal food offerings in a specially treated carton that repels insects. The
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Treated cartons drive insects buggy

AlfaPet recently became the first to use a carton treated with a special coating that repels insects.
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Antibacterial claims misleading?

Many types of household products sporting "antibacterial" labels are being snapped up by germ-wary consumers, but there is growing concern among government regulators and health professionals that many labels are misleading.
A Steelcase operator pulls a length of reinforced gummed tape from a dispenser for application to a box at the office furniture
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Tape machines secure Steelcase shipments

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase takes a hands-on approach to prevent product damage during distribution.
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Herbal labeling?

In a late September meeting, there remained disagreement between the herbal remedy industry and regulators over what types of claims should be allowed on herbal remedies.
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Media Recovery: Environmental recorder

Media Recovery (Dallas, TX) introduces DataScribe, a pocket-portable alternative to expensive, bulky chart recorders and conventional data loggers.
With Fox 40?s new blister pack (above), four ?posts? in the blister protrude through holes in the card. The posts are then crush
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Blisters clear enviro-hurdles

Fox 40's mechanically bonded blister packs retain the clarity of a clear blister while complying with European recycling mandates. Card costs drop 20%, and new machine boosts productivity by 50% while halving labor.
The product, used to make a tea latte, is packaged in 32-oz aseptic bricks for retail sale and 6-L bag-in-box aseptic containers
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Sweetener packaging is sweetened by reusable IBCs

Handling of liquid sweeteners is greatly improved since multiwall corrugated totes were replaced by collapsible, reusable 275-gal IBCs.
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Engineers to share projects

Corporate, plant and project engineers maintain primary responsibility for turnkey projects. Packaging, production, technical services and purchasing departments are all joining the decision-making teams.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Pack Expo week is a machinery extravaganza and more

Swirling around Pack Expo 98 are seminars and technical conferences that round out the Pack Expo experience. Euro mandates.

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