Applications

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Static-phase coupling

Candy Controls (Niles, IL) has introduced the Candy Phasing Hub, a static-phase adjusting coupling for angular displacements. When in motion, it operates as a rigid 1:1 shaft coupling.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Mobil Chemical Co., Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) will use a new orienter to help boost its annual OPP packaging and labeling film capacity by 33 million lb at its Kerkrade, The Netherlands, plant.
Materials Product Brief
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Pharmaceutical components

Pharmaceutical and ophthalmologic packaging components produced by Resilam of Barcelona, Spain, are available through Empire Bottle (Buffalo, NY).
Controls Product Brief
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Vibration trending

Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) has introduced a new, two-wire, loop-powered vibration transmitter for measuring vibration on plant machinery including pumps, fans, blowers, motors and mixers.
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Clearly redefined

When Clearly Canadian was introduced ten years ago, it stood apart from mainstream soft drinks on store shelves. Says Jonathon Cronin, vice president of marketing at Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp.: "When we first launched the brand, the slight blue tint to the glass bottles and the ACL decorating were almost revolutionary." Ten years later, shelves are flooded with eye-catching products, and the pioneering beverage company decided that its core brand needed a boost.
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics (sidebar)

Calendering developments show steady growth
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Mass. bill opposed

Industry is marshalling its forces to fight yet another tough environmental bill in the Massachusetts Senate. The Massachusetts Citizens Right-to-Know bill would require warning labels for consumer products whose contents or packaging contain carcinogens, mutagens, endocrine disrupters, neurotoxins and any chemicals causing serious or irreversible health effects in humans.
High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
Controls Product Brief
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Print/apply labeler for adjacent case sides

Engineered to provide adjacent-side labeling on cases, Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) now offers the Label-Aire® wraparound print/apply labeling system with both cornerwrap and side-panel labeling capabilities.
While these former PP bottles (above) earned recognition from NACD last year, they didn1t provide the clarity that the new PET v
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Bottle drinks from the stream of technology

American Beverage Marketers warm-fills its Finest Call cocktail mixes into new PET bottles, then injects liquid nitrogen. The LN2 prevents bottle paneling and helps to extend shelf life. The PET bottle replaces PP, providing greater clarity and appeal for the product's introduction to the retail market.
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Chemical packaging plant explodes

An explosion followed by a fire at a chemical packaging plant in West Helena, AR, killed three firefighters and caused the governor to declare a state of emergency as the area was evacuated due to toxic fumes.
Materials Product Brief
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HDPE containers

Containers suitable for tablets, powders and liquids are available from Clinton Packaging (St. Louis, MO). The blow-molded HDPE Eurotainer comes in five tamper-evident sizes with a 36-mm neck finish: 20 mL, 35 mL, 50 mL, 100 mL and 150 mL; and two child-resistant containers in 30- and 60-mL sizes with a 26-mm finish.
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Applications news

Delaware-based Greif Bros. will expand its blow-molded industrial plastic container business from 55-gal drums to 275-gal intermediate bulk containers. By the third quarter of this year, it will take delivery on a blow molding machine made by Rikutec in Alternkirchen, Germany.
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Temperature-sensitive film for fresh produce

Apio Inc. Value Added Group of Guadalupe, CA, is among the first companies to use a new technology for fresh-cut produce packaging. Developed by Landec (Menlo Park, CA), the Intellipac(TM) technology is based on an unusual "side chain crystallizable" polymer having an internal "temperature switch." At elevated temperatures, when respiring produce needs more oxygen, the polymer becomes more permeable, allowing the necessary oxygen in.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Amoco Chemicals (Chicago, IL), Magnetic Separation Systems, Inc. (Nashville, TN), Shell Chemical Co. (Akron, OH), and Wellman, Inc.
Once the 5-gal jugs have been sanitized, they are automatically conveyed around a corner and into the filling chamber (left). Wi
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Bottling water for millions

Tak Fat now supplies pure bottled drinking water to eight million consumers in China's Guangzhou area. The next target is the total Guangdong province of 69 million, and then on to the rest of the country. Integrated 5-gal line delivers 400 bph.
Controls Product Brief
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Seal integrity testing

A portable vacuum chamber from Hooper Eng. (Sarasota, FL) is designed for testing seal integrity in high-pressure environments. Can be used with most types of packages, including medical device and food packaging.
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.

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