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Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
The two-piece tin (top) looks like a scale model of the race car. Even the bottom (above) is printed and formed to look like the
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J.L. Clark races to new technology in metal forming

Distortion printing, nine-mold forming and computer-aided design were all instrumental in Clark's unique two-piece stock car tin for Valvoline.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
With a case erected and waiting, the packer pushes 12 cartridges into the box before it is transferred back to the line for seal
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager

A complete new line, from unscrambler to pallet stretch wrapping, lets Pratt & Lambert United automate production of top-selling large adhesive cartridges.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
Sales of Roskam Baking1s Rothbury Farms retail croutons and stuffing mix have increased briskly since the company changed from a
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Crouton pouch stands up to the competition

Stand-up reclosable pouches replace folding cartons with inner liners for Roskam Baking's line of Rothbury Farms croutons. Zippers are applied in-line on new horizontal rotary form/fill/seal machines.
Wigwam?s new paperboard sock pack is customized for each product through the use of pressure-sensitive labels, one on the front
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future

Revamping outdated graphics wasn't enough for sock maker Wigwam Mills. New pack and labeling improve consumer appeal while output and flexibility meet retailers' changing needs.
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Transpack 95 packs a punch

Symposium on transport packaging focuses on the increasing sophistication of this aspect of packaging. Hazardous material shipments top a host of regulatory concerns.
With one strap already in place (top), the operator holds down the flaps as a second strap is applied. Because the corrugated co
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Strapping gets an upgrade at Ford

At Ford's massive parts center just outside Detroit, new strapping equipment helps ensure that dealerships around the world receive quality damage-free parts.
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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8,600 canned hams recalled

Small glass shards found in two hams, one in Iowa, one in Wisconsin, prompted F.D.L. Foods, Inc., Dubuque, IA, to voluntarily recall 8길 3-lb canned hams.
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Will UnPET expand supply of RPET?

Packagers worrying about the availability of recycled polyethylene terephthalate resin will likely be encouraged by the announcement last month that a new process for recycling post-consumer PET has been developed by United Resource Recovery Corp.

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