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HDPE bottle

Twin City Bottle (Minneapolis, MN) has designed its Apothecary bottle for use with lotions, hand soaps and other products. Extrusion blown in HDPE, the 250-mL (8.45-oz) bottle has "extended" round shoulders and a 28/400 finish compatible with most closures, pumps and sprayers.
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Flexpaq Corp.: Sampling products

The Thermoform Blister sample from Flexpaq (S. Plainfield, NJ) is custom-designed to replicate the actual dimension of a brand's retail product package.
Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
Feature Article
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.
Materials Product Brief
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Lotion pump

The SAR SGS high-output lotion pump from SeaquistPerfect Dispensing (Cary, IL) is now available. The actuator locks in the upright position, thereby eliminating the possibility of product waste associated with down-locking pumps.
On its new cast (left) and blown lines, film maker Woodland Poly expects to produce 18 million lb of polyethylene-based stretch
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Woodland Poly casts for western film business

Cast and blown film-making equipment, using metallocene resins, enable Woodland Poly to produce rugged stretch-wrap film in thin gauges for its customers in the west.
Materials Product Brief
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Lotion container

The Oval Modified Eurotube, a high-gloss HDPE container for lotions and cremes, has been developed by W. Braun (Chicago, IL). The container is 115 mL (3.88 oz) with a 22/400 finish.
When a machine is down, like this capper, components that are in fault change from green to red and a detailed error message ap
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A window into the packaging line

Amway's graphical human-machine interface for an entire packaging line reduces troubleshooting time by 75%.
The control cabinet for Line 2 that houses the main PLC would be considerably more complicated without a network, requiring at l
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Packaging machines speak up

Amway squeezes more efficiency out of a personal care packaging line by allowing packaging machines to communicate with one another over a PLC network. Benefits include tighter line integration, faster troubleshooting and reduced wiring costs.
Materials Product Brief
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Measuring guide

A free glue line measuring guide is available from National Starch and Chemical (Edison, NJ). The pocket-size guide enables corrugated box makers to ensure that their glue lines are precise from 0.040" to 0.110", in 0.010" increments.
Controls Product Brief
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Rockwell Automation: Rockwell Automation: Indexing servo drives

Rockwell Automation/Electro-Craft (Eden Prairie, MN) has added indexing functionality to its BRU-Series Advantage Line family of digital servo drives.

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