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Blister, Clamshell & Thermoforming Machinery

Prior to picking, blister packs travel through a long infeed section (above) and transfer to a white-ribbed flighted indexing be
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Getting a grip on automation

Custom robotic collator/tray loader permits Berlex Laboratories to pack featherweight, difficult-to-handle blister packs in two configurations at up to 300/min.
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Final suture packages are placed into cartons of twelve (above) before distribution. At the      lidding station (right), rolls
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Sewing up a new line

A versatile thermoformer lets this pharmaceutical manufacturer package its sutures in an easy-peel package that hospitals like.
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A sampling of samplers to come

Montreal-based PACT company sells to markets around the world more than 3귔 varieties of botanical bath oil products. They're packaged with herbs like lavender and rosemary into decorative glass bottles and jars.
Updated graphics, sleeker contours and a wide base distinguish Hunt1s new blisters (above) from its original pack (right), which
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In the Hunt for higher output

To rejuvenate its old packaging, office supplies giant Hunt Manufacturing turns to one supplier for both a new package design and more productive machinery. The result is higher output with less labor.
The new inner cap for Maybelline lipsticks not packed in blister cards is a thermoforming and trimming achievement. This is espe
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Maybelline 'caps' thermoforming technology

High-cavity tooling and a unique tandem trim operation with special matched-metal cutting dies produce a new inner cover for lipsticks. Shrink label provides security for products sold without blister cards.
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Spicing up a line (sidebar)

New flavors for sample packs
Not only does the new forming web for the Idexx blister pack provide better  barrier, it doesn1t turn yellow as its predecessor
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Lamination solves a pair of problems

Forming web used for blister packs of reagent chemicals turned yellow with age and provided insufficient moisture barrier. New material addresses both issues.
Clay-coated newsback cartons have replaced SBS board for Pilling Weck1s line of disposable medical devices. The new cartons, so
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Folding carton changes rescue medical products maker

Changing from preprinted SBS to clay-coated newsback with labels printed and applied in-house saves Pilling Weck between 25 and 30% in material costs while halving carton inventory.
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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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New windows in cosmetic packaging

What better way to promote visibility for a new product than to make its package see-through?
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Regaining market share

Pittsburgh, PA-based SmithKline Beecham hopes to reestablish its once prominent Contac brand with a major redesign, the first since the cough and cold remedy's introduction 33 years ago.
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.
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Versatile vinyl clearly a winner

Innovation played the key role in this year's Vinyl in Packaging Awards competition. Some winners were decidedly "green" as well.

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