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FILLING/LABELING. The waters are cold-filled at 54?F by an enclosed rotary filler (below), then precisely dosed with liquid nitr
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Nitrogen dosing cuts packaging costs

Indian Hills Spring Water implements liquid nitrogen dosing to avert bottle paneling or collapsing and reaps bottle weight-reduction benefits.
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Highlights from RFID Smart Labels USA 2006

Event organizer IDTechEx filed this report April 10 on the event, which had reports from Tyson Foods and P&G/Gillette and drew more than 500 attendees.
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Agenda at-a-glance

TUESDAY, MAY 16RECASTING THE ROLE OF PACKAGING INNOVATION8:45 a.m. Packaging’s New Role Raises its Standing in the Value ChainJim Peters, Director of Education, IoPP9:25 a.m.
Illustration by Lola Kamalova
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Winning Ideas

Whether it’s primary or secondary packaging, labeling, fulfillment, or promotional packaging, there are undoubtedly aspects unique to your approach and operation that define your contract packaging operation.
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RFID Tribe's chief speaks

Mark Johnson of the industry group RFID Tribe talks about its past, present, and future, and what's in it for packagers.
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New facility to expedite entertainment software time-to-market

Sonopress, a packager and assembler, and manufacturer of cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and video games, has joined with Coral Graphic Services, a producer of disk covers, dust jackets, and decorated paper inserts, to establish an automated, 260ꯠ-sq-ft packaging facility in Louisville, KY.
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Getting schooled in RFID

Universities and vendors like Miles Technologies offer classes in RFID education and training where everyone learns something.
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Bulldog-Mentality changeover tactics Part II

Eliminate, externalize, and simplify. Break down changeovers into smaller, more manageable tasks, with attention to detail. The results can save both time and money.Key termsElimination: Find and cut out unnecessary tasks.Externalization: Re-examine tasks to be performed either while the line is running or stopped, to reduce downtime.Simplification: Make all processes as easy and foolproof as possible.
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Turnkey RFID station

A wireless, mobile RFID solution is designed for packagers to meet mandates.
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PMMI: Machinery shipments soared in 2004

U.S. packaging machinery shipments reached $5.344 billion in 2004, a 9.3% increase from $4.889 billion in equipment shipped in 2003, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).
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Weber Packaging Solutions: Weber Packaging Solutions: Label printer/applicator

Weber Marking Systems released its Model 2600Lt label printer/applicator, an in-line unit ideal for moderate duty cycles or for initial entry into on-line print-and-apply labeling.
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Packaging Summit: three events under one roof

The contract packaging-focused Packaging Services Expo is joined by Packaging Containers & Materials Expo and the Packaging Summit Conference May 16-18 in Rosemont, IL.
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Label-Aire: RFID air-blow applicator

The new 3115/11 RFID Air-Blow applicator from Label-Aire offers features such as velocity compensation for improved label placement accuracy. Zero downtime labeling allows production to continue without interruptions, while product/label queuing and missing label compensation virtually eliminate unlabeled products.
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Survey says validation tops packaging issues

Validation issues, FDA regulations, and personnel skills are key concerns for healthcare professionals responding to an exclusive Packworld.com survey.
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FDA sends message of unhappiness on RFID

The agency is wondering what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.

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