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One food safety agency?

The Food Marketing Institute has called for a single agency to be made responsible for all food safety questions.
Dietary supplements like these are typical of the kind of products NAI fills on Line One.
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Capsule-counting tech comes to NAI

New equipment at this California contract packager includes a tablet/capsule line with the latest in tablet-counting technology. On-line thermal-transfer coding shines, too.
Totes in tall (above right) and medium (above and right) heights are filled with prepackaged auto supplies at the Pep Boys' Ches
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HDPE totes fit Pep Boys

Reusable HDPE totes in two heights with one footprint improve cube efficiency on pallets and lower damage at a Pep Boys distribution center.
With OR-OSHA and Boyd personnel looking on, erected cases march toward the compact case packer (above). Meanwhile, bags convey f
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Government funds casing upgrade at Boyd Coffee

With R&D funding from Oregon’s OSHA, Boyd Coffee develops a custom case packer that addresses repetitive motion injuries attributable to manual packing. Machine also reduces giveaway.
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Sensor trends in packaging

The hottest market for sensors? Packaging. Biggest challenge in using sensors for packaging? Improper application. So says a specialist with Omron in an exclusive interview with Packworld.com.
Planters' "tubed" peanuts are sold at retail in colorful display cartons (above). Photo below left shows the carton infeed stati
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Planters picks a packing line

Consumers are clearly fond of single-serve “tubes” of Planters nuts. An automated packaging line helps keep the nationwide pipeline full.
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Brazil exempts U.S. from packing requirements

Brazil took the U.S. off its list of countries that must fumigate its solid wood packing material (SWPM) before it leaves the country and must include a phytosanitary certificate before being exported.
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Packaging takes spotlight at NPE

From June 19 to 23, the National Plastics Exposition will occupy more than 1.1 million sq’ at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Packaging will be the focus for many of the more than 2ꯠ exhibitors.
At the end of the new line, a thermal-transfer print-and-apply tamp labeler applies a label with product identification and othe
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Siemens solidifies growth with packaging investment

Packaging of hot-selling cordless phones is being automated at Siemens’ Austin, TX, manufacturing facility. Labor costs are reduced and appearance improved significantly.
Moving spouts (inset) travel with the bags as they fill three bags simultaneously. The entire packaging line (above) is controll
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Controls push speed limit

U.S. Sugar fills two 5-lb bags/sec with better than ±0.1% accuracy thanks to a state-of-the-art sugar-filling line powered by the latest in servo drive, PLC and networking technology.
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Imperfect Solutions Order: Why organized standards are better than none

A colleague of mine wondered aloud recently whether ISO quality standards are really meaningful or useful in purchasing products or services. My sense, from talking with package purchasing executives, is that the answer is yes, that ISO certification is a real tool in the craft of selecting vendors.
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Food pasteurization facility planned for late 2000

SteriGenics Intl. (Memphis, TN) expects a new “state-of-the-art” X-ray food pasteurization plant to be operational in Bridgeport, NJ, by the fourth quarter of this year.
The electronic tablet counter (above) is a twin-style system that funnels tablets down two parallel paths and into containers. A
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Vitamin maker counts on electronic filler

Steady sales growth at Jamieson Laboratories made it obvious that a new vitamin packaging line was needed. Electronic tablet counting brings big benefits.
Vivelle-Dot patches are heat-sealed in individual pouches. Pouches are packed into individual folding cartons, visible to the ri
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Tiny patch 'dots' pharmaceutical landscape

Noven Pharmaceuticals employs a new cartoner to help introduce an estrogen replacement therapy patch sold to pharmacies and merchandised free as physician samples.

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