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John Harris, Nature Labs? director of operations, found leasing indispensable in setting up a new packaging line for the rapi
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Packagers take a lease on new business

Packagers that lease equipment cite preservation of working capital and tax benefits as advantages over buying.
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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.
Though Y2K bugs are rare, say packagers, anything with a microprocessor?including motion controllers, touchscreen operator inter
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Packagers prepare for Y2K

Most manufacturers Packaging World contacted have found only minor potential Y2K problems on their packaging lines. Still, bugs can be elusive, especially for more automated plants.
The camera, mounted over the wiper insertion station (above), verifies the presence of wipers in each tube (black insert at the
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Machine vision affords economic inspection

Inexpensive machine vision frees up two workers, provides 100% on-line inspection for cosmetics producer.
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Pine wood packing materials

China has informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it found the pine wood nematode in U.S. shipments containing wood packing material. Chinese law requires quarantine of this pest, prompting USDA's Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to caution U.S.
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A first in peelable foil membranes

Fruit Bites, a 140-g can of retorted sliced fruit pieces from Australia's Golden Circle Ltd., won two gold medals in the May 1999 "Can of the Year" competition sponsored by England's The Canmaker magazine.
Ground beef, like this retail package, may soon be treated with irradiation for safety. One major supplier, IBP, may use irradia
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FDA radiates antipathy on irradiation labeling

Agency appears reluctant to let food processors use less-frightening labeling declaration for foods that are irradiated. Consumer opposition to any change is very strong.
Heat and Control
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Web Plus: Capsule reviews

A variety of distinctive glass wine bot-tles are featured at www.winebottle.com, the site of Wine Bottle & Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).
The automatic shrink bundler produces multipacks in unsupported film or in overwrapped trays
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Aseptic PET is Henniez's cup of tea

A leader in the bottled water business in Switzerland, Henniez is making a bold move into in-line blowing and aseptic filling of plastic bottles for iced teas.
Peelable lidstock is heat-sealed to hot-filled cups of salsa (left) on an intermittent-motion cup filling machine. Before sealin
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Film structure is tops with Bel/Kaukauna

A multilayer peelable lidding film for plastic cups of hot-filled salsa eliminates leakers and provides easy opening.
Inside the first sterile chamber of the rotary aseptic system, bottles are sterilized with a spray of oxonia
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Filling PET aseptically at 200/min

With a prototype system in one plant and generation two in another, this Italian food company likes what it sees in rotary, aseptic filling of teas and sports drinks in PET.
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Moet & Chandon prepares for the millennium

As the world prepares for a new millennium, champagne makers find new and exciting ways to decorate champagne bottles (see Packaging World, July '99, p.24, or packworld.
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Filamatic, a division of National Instrument LLC: Capper for oddly-shaped containers

The Capamatic® RC-400 from National Instrument (Baltimore, MD) handles a variety of oddly-shaped containers with 13-mm to 35-mm snap caps or 15-mm to 48-mm screw closures, at speeds to 120 cpm.
Formed beef patties are automatically dropped into formed trays by a retractable conveyor system
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Migros 'MAPS' out a meat strategy

The Migros chain of supermarkets in Switzerland relies on barrier materials and centralized, modified-atmosphere packaging for its case-ready fresh ground beef.
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Alcoholic beverage packaging ban stuns

A new proposal to limit packaging options staggers industry. Agency would ban alcohol in packages that could lure underage drinkers.

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