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Corrugated packagers conduct business at TAPPI show

TAPPI announced that as of October 3, more than 700 attendees registered for its 2001 International Corrugated Containers Conference & CorrExpo® held in Seattle, WA, October 14 through 17.
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PEF 'kicks off' fundraising program

In mid-December, the Packaging Education Forum (PEF) will randomly select the winning ticket for its Super Bowl XXXVI drawing. Proceeds of the fundraising effort will be used to underwrite packaging scholarship programs at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/general/01_10_11_002.shtml">Flexible packaging makes gains

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Flexible packaging is making rapid gains in Europe at the expense of other packaging formats, says in a new report. Click logo for full article.
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Beverage container growth

A thriving market for PET-bottled water and the proliferation of single-serve soft drink bottles will propel United States demand for beverage containers, according to The Freedonia Group.
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Aluminum foil outlook

While the use of aluminum foil in semi-rigid packaging is projected to grow by only 1.5% annually through 2005, the forecast during the same period for flexible packaging is 2.6%.
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Does meat packaging meet expectations?

Meat and poultry packaging continues to be a source of frustration for retailers and consumers. That's according to a report entitled, "Meat Packaging in Transition: Consumer Perceptions and Industry Opportunities," from The Consumer Network (Philadelphia, PA).
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Packaging an allergen?

When it comes to food allergens, the emphasis is on the food product and its ingredients. But FDA’s Guide to Inspections of Firms Producing Food Products Susceptible to Contamination with Allergenic Ingredients also directs inspectors to check packaging materials for allergens.
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Label uniformity bill introduced1;again

This year’s version of legislation establishing national uniformity in science-based food labeling standards was introduced in the House by Rep. Richard Burr (R-NC) with 29 bipartisan co-sponsors.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Laser-guided vehicles
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Laser-guided vehicles

At this Rolling Rock brewery, a laser-guided vehicle with a pallet load of corrugated trays maneuvers its way to a tray packer and trades its full pallet for an empty one.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Filling and pasteurizing
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Filling and pasteurizing

At this Rolling Rock brewery, the line's two 108-valve fillers (from SIG Beverages) sit side-by-side. Shortly after filling and capping, bottles enter a double-deck pasteurizer, after which they pass through two down-bottle ejectors.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Case erecting and loading

At this Rolling Rock brewery, at the infeed of a case erector from Pearson Packaging Systems, a robotic positioner picks bundles of 12-count corrugated shippers, orients the bundle, cuts the band, and feeds the band to a grinder.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Depalletizing

At this Rolling Rock brewery, an automatic band cutter cuts eight bands before pallets are conveyed into the depalletizer. Once in the depalletizer, slip sheets are removed and stacked automatically.
Latrobe Brewing Co.: Automated truck unloading
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Latrobe Brewing Co.: Automated truck unloading

At this Rolling Rock brewery, pallets of bulk glass are pulled automatically from trucks with no forklift intervention.
Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping
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Nature's Way Purewater: Stretch wrapping

On this bottled water line, pallet loads are unitized by an overhead-style stretch wrapper from ITW Mima using 20-ft-wide film. This model at Nature's Way wraps at speeds to one pallet every 12 seconds.
Nature's Way Purewater: Lane dividing and case packing
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Nature's Way Purewater: Lane dividing and case packing

On this bottled water line, servo-operated lane divider directs the jugs from one lane into three lanes ahead of continuous motion case packing. The case packer, from Douglas Machine, meters jugs via paddles to a cam-operated arm that pushes three atop the folded blank, which is erected by vacuum pick-and-place cups.

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