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Oral-B, Nickelodeon brush up on oral care graphics

Last month, Belmont, CA-based Oral-B Laboratories introduced a line of collectible tooth brushes and pastes branded with children's cable television network Nickelodeon(TM) and its hit show, "Rugrats." Designed by Kornick Lindsay (Chicago, IL), the colorful packaging/product is part of "a strategic partnership between Oral-B and Nickelodeon in which the packaging helps fight the battle to get kids to brush and make it a better experience," says Sheree Lucas, Oral-B product manager.
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High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
Sleek, inverted PVC bottles (left) for private-label shampoos and moisturizers won the gold award. Silver went to a tube with a
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In the eye of the beholder

Good looks and marketing muscle characterize this year's cosmetics and personal care winners in NACD's annual packaging competition.
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Retailers find security in source tagging (sidebar)

Who's got the beta tape player?
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Bristol-Myers recalls birth control packages

In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
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Ulcer therapy pack touts ease of use

Introduced in December, Procter & Gamble's new Helidac(TM) ulcer eradication therapy is packaged in a 14-day cube-shaped "kit" designed to make the new three-drug prescription medication easy to take several times a day.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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CR packages: another bone of contention

Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Kraft's clamshell says 'Manchego'

Kraft Foods de Mexico's new Manchego-style cheese slices are merchandised in a clear hinged clamshell that's thermoformed from a custom resin. Value-added package results in brisk sales.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
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Design draws a bead on strong sales

The emergence of thousands of "reenacters," those participatory history buffs who restage old battles in full period dress, has created a growing need for the kind of black gun powder used in the days of the musket and powder horn.
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
Shown are several of Swift?s Armour? marinated pork chop varieties. Chops are spaced about 1? apart within a multi-layer tray p
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Skin packs serve up Swift's pork chops

A multilayer film coextrusion combined with vacuum skin packaging machines help Swift gain a stronger presence in supermarkets with newer varieties of marinated pork chops.

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