Confectionary

Controls Product Brief
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Programmable limit switch

The new PLS 800 programmable limit switch from Candy Controls (Niles, IL) offers eight-function output, programmable zero offset, absolute on/off, start/stop or dwell anywhere from 0 to 359° in a machine cycle, and a programmable production rate indicator.
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Materials Product Brief
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Horizontal funnel machine

Southern Packaging and Bottling Machinery (Lawrenceville, GA) has introduced a new horizontal funnel machine that forms pouches from rollstock and fills them with dry mix products, rice, candy, instant oats, pharmaceutical products or small medical devices.
The smooth vertical movement of the stretch wrapper?s film carriage is accomplished, in no small part, by plastic rollers (shown
Feature Article
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Rollers stabilize stretch wrapping

Contoured plastic rollers allow a film carriage to smoothly ascend and descend during stretch wrapping. OEM component helps packagers like Farley Candy wrap loads more efficiently.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs
Materials Product Brief
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Lap seal flow wrapper

Ilapak's (Booth 2392) Lynx® Super horizontal flow wrapper is now available in a LapSeal version. It can be used with shrink films via electrostatic sealing or PE films using drag seal.
News
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Andes Candies does the twist

By October 1, Delavan, WI-based Andes Candies will begin shipping two seasonal "crystal twist packs," one containing a red silk rose and candy wrapped in red foil for Valentine's Day; the other a silk tulip with assorted color wraps for Easter.
Supplier News
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet (sidebar)

Companies big and small
Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
Controls Product Brief
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Case packer

The Econoline MGC-E case packer from Blueprint Automation (Richmond, VA) packs 1-oz to 10-lb bags into cases at speeds to 90/min. Designed for short production runs, changeovers take only two min.
An operator uses a hand-held scanning device to check color consistency (top) on the printed web as it moves through American Pa
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Printing, cold sealing sweeten converter's outlook

American Packaging's $17 million plant expansion/modernization includes an 11-station gravure press that applies cold adhesive in register in line.

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