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Bang the drum carefully (sidebar)

Use of regrind in plastic drums could lower prices
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Balluff, Inc. (Florence, KY): James C. Birkmeyer, sales and mktg. mgr.; David R. Bird, sensor product sales mgr.; Robert W.
An operator creates a manifest using the MaxLoad database screen (above). The pattern view screen offers a detailed diagram of
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Shipping the 'Comfort'-able way

Bedding systems manufacturer Select Comfort cuts inventory and costs by implementing load optimization software. Now, available load space, not just retailer demand, determines how orders are filled.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Prodo-Pak's (Garfield, NJ) Model RVF-16.5S is a vertical form/fill/ seal machine designed to produce four-side-sealed pouches in multiples of two to 12 across, at speeds to 1ꯠ pouches/min.
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
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Void-fill maker

The CorruGuard(TM) Former is an innovative machine from Appleton Mfg. Div. (Neenah, WI) that converts waste corrugated material into patented forms of void-fill.
The air pillows can be inflated with the box partially open, allowing the operator to visually verify that the contents are sec
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Don't crush that cup!

James River relies on air-filled pillow pouches to keep fragile paper cup and plate sales samples in pristine condition for presentations to major accounts.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Advantage vf/f/s system from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is made with stainless steel to meet USDA sanitary requirements for packaging poultry, red meat, seafood and similar products into retail or club- size packages.
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Strategies for bar code printer/applicators

"The biggest mistake made in the deployment of label printer/applicators is to treat the purchase and installation of the applicator as a stand-alone piece of equipment, similar to sourcing a tabletop printer." So writes Dan Gilmore of Forte Industries (Mason, OH), a systems integrator, in a white paper entitled, Integrated Bar Code Printer/ Applicator Systems, Keys to Successful System Implementation.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Mobil Chemical Co.'s Films Div. (Pittsford, NY): Megan Hart to newly created position of market development mgr./tobacco.
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PVC/PE with light absorber

When used in MAP packaging of fresh meat, fish, seafood and poultry, Green-Tek's (Edgerton, WI) Polyraz PVC/PE film with UV light absorber prevents UV light penetration, thereby reducing discoloration of red meat products.
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
Once the sides of the container are raised, the operator inserts the bag cassette into the box (right). The fitting on the bag
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Green package keeps greens greener

Better cube and easy disposal or recycling are the main reasons why chemical maker Aquatrols added corrugated bulk containers to its offerings.
Controls Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
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Fieldbus interface

The Profibus process fieldbus interface card from Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) is designed for the company's HI 2160RC loss-in-weight rate controller.
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PP/polyester film

Q-PET(TM) is a patent-pending coextruded multilayer film with a core layer of PP and surface layers of polyester. This offers users a significant cost reduction over traditional PP, says the company.
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Silica gel packs for pharmaceuticals

Engelhard (Iselin, NJ) has introduced a new line of adsorbent products designed for use by the pharmaceutical industry. DryGuard® Silica Gel Gram Packs help main-tain the activity of moisture-sensitive chemicals and the potency of pharmaceuticals.

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