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A scanner on the labeler verifies bar codes as labels unwind from rollstock. Two similar scanners are mounted on the cartoner an
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Code control: three scanners, one PLC

To verify the readability of preprinted bar codes, Private Formulations, Inc. employs three scanners integrated into its solid-dose bottling line by Parish Automation (Lakewood, NJ).
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Glidden's paint testers pass with flying colors

High-density polyethylene test containers let homeowners test a color before plunging into the purchase of a gallon of paint.
After discharging from the liquid nitrogen chiller, deodorant containers index to this capper for application of polypropylene c
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Deodorant sticks chill big time in small space

Tom's of Maine doubles its production of stick deodorants by adding an in-line chiller that uses liquid nitrogen to rapidly cool the hot-filled product.
With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
In additional to single cartons, PFI produces overwrapped multipacks consisting of two to six cartons. The cartoner will also i
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Targeting a convertible cartoner

Private label OTC drug maker adds a cartoner designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, handling both glue and tuck-style cartons.
The ingredient statement of this Lipton soup package is likely to change if USDA insists on food makers identifying ?mechanic
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Playing 'chicken' with food labels

USDA dares food processors to put 'mechanically separated poultry' in ingredient panels.
This diagram illustrates the flow of resin from dryer, to booster units, to preform molding, to preform conditioning, to blow m
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Single-stage is on stage at Coke plant

Coca-Cola Company's commitment to bringing consumers the packages they want has helped make this plant in Poland special. Integrated injection molding of PET preforms and stretch/blow molding of bottles was a first in the vast Coke empire.
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Coffee beverage sparkles in test

Mazagran sparkling coffee, the first product of a joint venture between Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Somers, NY-based Pepsi-Cola Co., has made its debut in Southern California.
Side by side, the true contour (right) has a convex label panel that requires a shrinkable label. The straight-wall contour (le
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Mexican Coke bottler gets in shape

Coca-Cola's 'true contour' PET bottle is a big success in several parts of Mexico. Promotora blow-molding plant decorates with a shrink label of OPP applied with glue.
Both Molson Ice and Coors Extra Gold beers have added the alcohol content by volume to their labels, albeit subtly. Will others
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

The BATF is set to issue a proposal on how alcohol content can appear on beer labels. Many brewers strongly oppose mandatory labeling.
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Tetra Pak takes a systems approach to plastics packaging

When the world's largest international packaging supplier decides to expand into new packaging markets, packagers around the world-as well as the competition-had better take notice.
After filling, printed rollstock is perforated, cut and guided over the container before it enters the shrink tunnel. Perfecting
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Shaping new markets

Cacique pushes for mainstream acceptance of drinkable yogurt with a striking container design and vibrant full-body shrink label graphics.
The new water-based formula for WaterSeal Ultra allows the use of    pearlized blue HDPE containers, an F-style 1-gal jug and a
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Premium is as premium does

New Thompson's Ultra Water Seal employs pearlized HDPE containers and a variety of handsome labels to communicate the product's improvements.
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New fish inspection marks

Several inspection marks for fish package labeling were recently modified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Alcohol content labels coming to a head

Bottle bordom: Can beverage bottles be more innovative?

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