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Au-ve-co fastens itself to print-and-apply labeler (sidebar)

Distributor/vendor duo drive Au-ve-co
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Paperboard 12-pack wins award

A new 12-pack paperboard can multipack has won the coveted Structural/Technical Innovation award in the 2001 National Paperboard Packaging Competition, sponsored by the Paper-board Packaging Council (Alexandria, VA). Called the DuoStrap®, the Mead Packaging (Atlanta, GA) carton has already received patents for its integral handle and also for its can roll-out dispensing device.
Au-ve-co's Rita Keller (above) tends to a print-and-apply labeler that prints bar codes and information onto labels used for car
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Au-ve-co fastens itself to print-and-apply labeler

Print-and-apply machine labels knocked-down folding cartons used for Au-ve-co’s automotive repair parts. The machine adds printing flexibility, meets growing volume needs, and reduces maintenance and changeover time.
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Nestlé package 'percolates' success

Nestlé Canada’s Nescafé Ice coffee syrup bottle earned the “Chairman’s Choice” award in the 2001 National Canadian packaging competition. Developed in conjunction with Graham Packaging Canada (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), the blow-molded, black opaque high-density polyethylene bottle has turned a lot of heads in grocery dairy aisles since its Canadian national rollout earlier this year. A U. S. introduction is expected at some point in the future.
Knocked-down cases are placed in a magazine on the infeed section of the digital printer. Stacks of printed cases discharge onto
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Sunnyside sees sunny side of off-line printing

Chemical manufacturer employs an off-line digital printer that prints bar codes on cases. It reduces downtime and produces more legible type than previous in-line coders.
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X-rays develop in packaged foods

United Kingdom-based plants of Nestlé, Unilever, and Thorntons Plc are among the first to use an enhanced Advanced X-ray Inspection System (AXIS) to inspect trayed salads, wrapped baked goods, and packaged candy, among others.
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Dream Stream comes to the U.S. (sidebar)

Foam barrier tray, too
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Marinade bottle delivers

Liquid marinades in 15 shelf-stable flavors from Excalibur Seasoning Co. Ltd., Pekin, IL, were repackaged earlier this year from an 86-oz bottle with pump dispenser to a 64-oz high-density polyethylene “Tip-N-Pour” container.
12 bottles are gripped mechanically by their necks and rotated 180?
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Blow molder's bottle handling goes turnkey

As more distillery customers wanted bottles packed in reshippers, Captive Plastics installed a turnkey system that erects cases, loads partitions, and inverts freshly blown bottles.
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From gabletop to plastic

Both Nestlé USA and Hershey Foods used the Food Marketing Institute 2001 show as a platform to promote plastic containers that replace gabletop cartons.
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Nabisco wins with inserter

Thanks in part to an inserter from Unique Solutions (Lake Zurich, IL), lucky Nabisco consumers nationwide will find a winning game piece at the bottom of their Planters’ Cheeze Mania canisters.
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Catering to convenience (sidebar)

Other winners
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Glue stabilizes Pepsi bottler's pallets

In January, Pepsi-Cola/Dr. Pepper franchise bottler Marion Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. began to lower its costs by employing a new pallet stabilization system from Nordson (Duluth, GA).
A hole in the paperboard sleeve exposes the one-way valve so that internal gas pressure created by the respiring vegetables can
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Dream Steam comes to the U.S.

Food science joins plastic packaging technology in a new MAP package that lets consumers cook a fresh gourmet meal in minutes.
Southeast Canners uses the machine (above) to open a paperboard carrier, load 12-oz cans into it, then seal it shut.
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Pepsi co-op is first to employ 'Radar'

Southeast Canners improves efficiency on a can line with a newly developed computer hardware/software system that allows 24-hr/day access to production data via a secured Web site.
The redesigned package (right) is considerably shorter than its precedessor. (left).
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Machines and materials click at Superior

A redesigned vinyl clamshell at Superior Communications looks better and costs less. Customized automatic sealing equipment completes the picture.

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