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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West

PMMI's second Western show will feature 25% more machinery than '95 during its run in Las Vegas, Oct. 13 to 16. Co-located International Exposition for Food Processors and Solutions 97 conference will add a processing flavor.
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At the pre-tare station (above), empty bottles are individually weighed, then conveyed to the  dosing station (left). A dust shr
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Sweetening your medicine

A new auger filler/checkweighing system allows Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer to double its output and incorporate a new formulation onto its line.
Graphis Packaging 7 offers readers a concise view of  interesting, contemporary package designs
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Graphis Packaging 7 a resourceful package

Question: When Graphis Packaging 7 arrives, the newest volume in the Graphis series of books, should it be placed on the coffee table or on a shelf with other packaging reference books?
A group of mechanical fingers (shown at bottom left in the photo at left) remove six blow-molded 1-gal HDPE jugs and place them
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn (sidebar)

HDPE container production 'captiv-ates' AquaPenn
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Packaging revolution IS changing everything

"This changes everything." That line, taken from a recent crop of Chrysler ads, would have us believe the company's doing something revolutionary in its field.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
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EAS: ending the state of confusion

What's the difference between smart tags and source tags?
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks (sidebar)

The software side of computer control
The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
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The whole world in its hands

Affecting 146 markets globally, the new redesign of Diet Coke offers more than meets the American eye.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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Nestlé 'Flipz' for new bag

Nestlé Chocolate & Confections, a division of Glendale, CA-based Nestlé U.S.A., introduced Pretzel Flipz(TM) nationwide in August in the Stabilo Bag® from Rovema (Lawrenceville, GA).
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Modest gain in packaging machinery sales

The U.S. packaging machinery industry grew 1.1% in 1996, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's 3rd Annual Packaging Machinery Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Optical illusion helps cider stand out

Dazzling graphics on full shrink-sleeve labels are becoming the rule on bottles of New Age libations and some alcoholic beverages as well. Now from the U.K.

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