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At Upsher-Smith Laboratories in Minneapolis, a camera (far left) takes an image of a pharmaceutical label to verify date and lot
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Strong gains projected for machine vision in packaging

The pharmaceutical and food industries are expected to report 10%-plus gains annually in use of machine vision systems, says this report from a prominent trade group.
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Ford Xtreme gum is packaged in blister packs that retain freshness, while graphics denote it as a ?functional? gum.
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Taking gum to the 'Xtreme'

A blister pack with foil lidding keeps this cavity-fighting gum fresh, while graphics promote the gum's significant health benefits.
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Resin performs swimmingly for Salmolux

Federal Way, WA-based smoked seafood producer Salmolux Inc. markets gourmet smoked salmon at retail and restaurants internationally. Recently, Salmolux changed packaging film specs for its skin-packs.
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Kiwi Coders Corp.: Kiwi Coders Corp.: Imprinters

Kiwi's (Wheeling, IL) Series M imprinters mark labels, small pouches, envelopes, blister cards and other small flat products up to 2 mm thick.
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Uhlmann Packaging Systems: Thermoformer

Operating at speeds to 600 blisters/min, the UPS 1070 from Uhlmann (Towaco, NJ) uses lasers and servo mechanisms to automatically monitor and adjust the index while the machine is running.
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Buying plans strong for '99

Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
Bottle finish diagrams and plastic resin characteristies are two examples of hands-on packaging knowledge offered at Berlin Pack
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Capsule reviews

Here are a few brief reviews of packaging-related Web sites. Lasertechnics (Albuquerque, NM), located at www.lasertechnics.com, has a site that makes a basic, though well-written, pitch for laser coding.
Guiderail adjustment assemblies include cylindrical components (shown above and inset) that display color dots that correspond t
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Glaxo 'Wellcomes' quick-change software

As Glaxo Wellcome's Zebulon, NC, facility packs a wider variety of pharmaceuticals, quick-changeover equipment becomes top priority. Software developed in-house helps the plant reduce changeover times on its solid-dose packaging lines.
The patented PVC capsule that houses the security tag is manually slipped onto the tape rule?s belt clip. Because of an indentat
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Source tags provide measured security improvements

Stanley Tools houses a security label in a patented PVC capsule that clips onto the back of its tape rule package.
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Comstar: Thermal-transfer printer

Said to be the first of its type in the industry, the PrintPro(TM) Xpression(TM) thermal-transfer printer from Comstar (Streetsboro, OH) can print directly onto stackable cardstock, such as header cards, blister cards or tickets.
The RF-sealed blister pack that Polaroid developed for global sales of its I-Zone pocket camera is shown here (left) as it will
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Polaroid pictures a perfect pack

Polaroid prepares for the launch of a global product in a global package. The I-Zone instant pocket camera will also test the company's new regional packaging strategy.
Dennis O?Reilly, Angelo Scolieri and Tom Pack (left to right) have spearheaded SmithKline Beecham?s move to develop packaging fo
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SmithKline speeds package development

Packaging plays a key role in SmithKline Beecham's efforts to launch new drugs globally versus market-by-market. Material standardization may also help reduce time-to-market by nearly half.
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Packaging glossary a full load

How does one set out to assemble the definitive glossary of packaging terms?
One way Unilever made its redesigned lotion packaging more suitable for global markets was to eliminate sizes typical in America
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Packaging for a global marketplace

As today's marketplace becomes increasingly global, how does that affect the way products are packaged? The strategies adopted by these firms provide some useful clues.
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New pack saves money for Oral-B

Gary Bentrim, manufacturing engineer for Oral-B's Iowa City, IA, manufacturing plant, disclosed that its new clamshell pack for the CrossAction(TM) toothbrush is more than a technological marvel (see Packaging World, Feb.

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