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On their way to palletizing, 12-packs of Pepsi are gently conveyed on two tracks of coated plastic chain (above). When packs bac
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Carton conveyor cleans up beverage act

As an alternative to roller conveyors, a chain conveyor carries beverage packs 900' without scuffing or marring.
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Components assume new importance in packaging

Conveyors, coding and marking machines, and motors and drives are the components best-known to packagers who have production and engineering responsibilities.
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Food exempt from California law

Three years of legislative battles paid off for food and cosmetics manufacturers on September 4 when the California legislature passed a bill exempting food, beverage and cosmetics products from the State's 1991 Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Law.
One derived from rice the other from soy, these nondairy beverages were the first filled on Farmland?s 1?2-gal low-acid system t
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first

Farmland Dairies is the first to pack a low-acid beverage in an aseptic carton this large. Shelf stability permits nontraditional placement in-store. Automatic in-line pour spout applicator is also the first of its kind.
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Visual inspection

Designed for pharmaceutical applications, the AutoVision 500 visual inspection system from Autoroll Machine (Middleton, MA) detects slight color variations between different batches of pills and can analyze shape, size and color of pills to verify that they are in the right packages.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Dow Chemical (Midland, MI) was awarded the '96 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for its PS foam sheet manufacturing technology.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Raising the bar on training
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Paper deposit law?

Paperboard packaging may inadvertently get caught up in Oregon's deposit law if voters approve a referendum on the November ballot expanding the law to include other types of drinks.
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Laminated tubes

Teledyne Packaging's (Chester, PA) new line of plastic laminated collapsible tubes are designed to replace traditional monolayer or coextruded tubes used in the cosmetics, personal care and health and beauty industries.
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Pack Expo turns packaging concepts into production realities

Packaging containers tend to be the milestones by which packaging advances are measured. But thousands of packagers coming to Pack Expo 96 (November 17-21, McCormick Place, Chicago) will assure you that there would be no visible packaging advances without the unseen contributions of packaging equipment.
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
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EVA copolymer

Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced Ultrathene® UE 672-006, an EVA copolymer resin designed for high-impact, high-clarity blown film.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future

The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Sealed Air Corp. (Saddle Brook, NJ): Nicholas R. Pacak, national mktg. mgr., automotive.
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Automated case handling

The Freeway System from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) automates the transporting and palletizing of packed cases. It can be retrofitted onto most packaging lines, says the company.
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Robotic case packing sweetens Brach & Brock's bottom line

A top-load robotic pick-and-place machine replaces manual case packing of bagged candy at Brach & Brock Confections, saving the confectioner $150ꯠ in annual labor costs.
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Films for low-fat foods

Mobil Chemical, Films Div., (Pittsford, NY) has released a literature sheet discussing the role of fat in food packaging. "Low-fat/No-fat Foods Require Enhanced Packaging" makes recommendations for selecting proper films to prevent flavor and aroma loss, as well as to protect food texture.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

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