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PCs penetrating packaging lines

In an exclusive PW survey, nearly half of packagers now report using PC-controlled packaging equipment, with more growth projected. However, commitment to PLCs remains strong.
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Novelty packages greet FMI visitors

Retorted trays for Café Express™ from Wornick are launched at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide. In a nearby booth, a 12-oz bottle is topped by an HDPE push/pull closure molded in the likeness of Scooby-Doo™.
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Case makes waves on shelf

When Blue Diamond Growers needed a clever way to display its four-packs of Almond Breeze™ nondairy beverage for club stores, a handled case of single-faced corrugated from WaveFlute Products (Chino, CA) emerged as an appropriate solution.
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Primate-powered packaging

Delicious Brands, marketers of Frookie® Funky Monkeys® graham crackers, wanted its new packaging to be as fun as its name.
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Barex cleared for beverages

On June 8, BP Amoco Chemicals announced its Barex 210 Extrusion Grade Resin has been granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration for its use in producing beverage bottles for a variety of applications.
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Robotic case packer

Starting at less than $250ꯠ, the RP 240 robotic case packer from Edson (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) top loads light or heavy products into small or large packages at speeds to 15 cases/min, or 50 layers/min.
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Cremora's switch to PET

Eagle Family Foods Inc.’s switch in packaging materials in its 1-kg size of Cremora powdered non-dairy creamer was the first move in an across-the-board transition.
Carton contains two four-count stacks of electron-beam treated patties.
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Irradiated burgers warmly welcomed

Introduced just in time for the grilling season, frozen hamburger patties from Huisken Meats, Chandler, MN, are a hit in the Upper Midwest.
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What's new at NPE 2000

Packaging World Interactive previews some of the new packaging-related machinery and components used to produce both rigid and flexible plastic packaging materials that will be on display June 19 to 23 at the National Plastics Exposition.
At the end of the new line, a thermal-transfer print-and-apply tamp labeler applies a label with product identification and othe
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Siemens solidifies growth with packaging investment

Packaging of hot-selling cordless phones is being automated at Siemens’ Austin, TX, manufacturing facility. Labor costs are reduced and appearance improved significantly.
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Packaging makes a run for the border

With more than 600 exhibitors and 25ꯠ attendees, Expo Pack Mexico, to be held June 6 to 9 in the Mexico City Sports Palace, is the premiere business show in Central America.
Top photo shows the labeling station that applies labels to the square PET bottles. A spring-mounted overhead conveyor (above) h
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Square minis shake up a bottling line

When UDV began bottling two new brands of schnapps in its Toronto plant, the square bottle called for new labeling technology.
A customer service employee at Mathews uses the PadPak Jr. to prepare spare parts for shipment.
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Shipping problems warrant 'krafty' solution

Mathews Conveyor saves time, money and reputation by re-evaluating its void-fill packaging for the shipment of small spare parts.
Frozen chicken wings are fanned out to individual weigh buckets by a dispersal cone (above). Bagged chicken drops out of the vf/
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Packaging of chicken wings takes off

When Canadian poultry producer Olymel automated the packaging of its chicken wings, it was able to redeploy 12 operators formerly required for manual packaging.
Casa de Oro's tortilla bags, taco-shell cartons and corrugated cases all receive a crisp, legible date code for the benefit of b
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New code's legibility smears its predecessor

Casa de Oro Foods’ new date coder produces a clean, legible date code on taco-shell cartons, tortilla bags and corrugated shippers. Downtime is minimal.

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