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Shown at interpack 96, this half-liter returnable beer bottle was filled for test purposes by Mayr Brewery of Germany
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Testing the power of PEN

Tests of hot-filled jam in a jar and pasteurized beer in bottles are among the latest signs that PEN's packaging potential may soon be realized.
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Scimed?s color thermal-transfer-printed label is virtually indistinguishable from its previous preprinted label, shown at right
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Thermal-transfer goes four-color process

Scimed Life Systems uses up its $250ꯠ preprinted label stock inventory in favor of on-demand high-quality four-color process thermal-transfer printing. Label stock changeover drops from 20 per shift to just over one.
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Sterilization indicators

Custom Printing Inks (San Diego, CA) has introduced three new steam sterilization indicators for flexographic applications. Color changes indicate the completion of a sterilization cycle.
The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
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Carton's hologram excites kids

To enter the children's market, African Pride Products introduced its hair creme relaxer in a paperboard carton decorated with a dazzling hologram.
Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
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Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
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Oxygen barrier plastic

Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA) offers a version of calendered Barex® film from BP Chemicals with high oxygen barrier properties. Applications include food, medical device and chemically resistant packages.
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Tabletop carton/card printer

Model 1016A tabletop carton/card printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) flexographically prints text, bar codes or variable information onto flat cartons or cards measuring up to 10" x 10".
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PVC blister film

Mirrex® 1025 PVC pharmaceutical blister film from American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) provides faster cycle times, and forms at temperatures as low as 67° C.
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USDA streamlines, too

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two more steps toward deregulation of the meat and poultry industry. As of July 1, the burden of approval is reduced and labeling responsibility reverts back to companies.

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