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Vertical case packer

The vertical case packer from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) can top- or bottom-load products of any shape into RSCs, HSCs, overlapping or display cases.
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IP sees growth in paper demand

Last year, U.S. linerboard capacity reached 24.2 million tons, posting a 5.9% gain over 1994 (see chart, below left). About one-fifth of this larger-than-expected increase was attributable to swing machines that switched from kraft paper to linerboard, and from new machinery producing at high rates, according to Thomas E.
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Del Monte Italy tries new aseptic concept

Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
Controls Product Brief
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Motorized conveyor pulley

The Sparks/Dura-Drive(TM) 4.5" dia motorized pulley provides a 62% increase in radial load weight for belt conveyor systems, says manufacturer Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI).
Supplier News
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USDA streamlines, too

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two more steps toward deregulation of the meat and poultry industry. As of July 1, the burden of approval is reduced and labeling responsibility reverts back to companies.
Controls Product Brief
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LDPE drum liner

ValuLiner® VLN from New England Plastics (Woburn, MA) is a 15-mil, smooth-sided, 55-gal LDPE drum liner that folds flat and nests for easy storage, but shakes open to install inside drums without pushing or tugging.
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Brewing new markets

Last summer, Americans slurped down enough Blended Frappuccino(TM) iced coffee at Starbucks Coffee outlets to double the company's cold coffee sales.
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Supplier news: In Memoriam

Wilhelm B. Bronander passed away on April 8, 1996. He is recognized for more than 40 years of service to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and was instrumental in the formation of Pack Expo.
Controls Product Brief
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Vertical f/f/s machine for food and nonfood applications

The Butler(TM) 3 is a new vertical form/fill/seal machine from UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) suited for frozen foods, cereal, pasta, pet food, powders and granulates.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.
Mission has teamed up with produce marketer Tanimura & Antle to sell avocados in 2-count bags with high-impact graphics
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Mission's on a MissionRIPE mission

A California firm recently installed the first automatic set-up and sealing system for an unusual MAP produce shipper. It provides a three-week refrigerated shelf life for ripe avocados, allowing nationwide distribution.
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Industry seeks major changes to EPA guides on enviro-preferred products

Major components like lifecycle analysis, third-party certification and objectionable characteristics are being challenged.
Materials Product Brief
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Permeation gauges

Mocon (Minneapolis, MN) offers a complete line of instruments for measuring oxygen, water vapor, carbon dioxide and aroma transmission rates through barrier films and packages.
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Closure combines directional pour with no-drip

Launched in February at Wal-mart stores nationwide, DowBrands' large 30-oz size of its Dow Smart Cleanser(TM) features a new Tab Top(TM) dispensing closure from Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI).
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Dispensing closure

Rexam Closures (Evansville, IN) has introduced the CC-6, a one-piece PP dispensing closure suited for food products, such as catsup and salad dressings, and household cleaners.
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P-s film stock

Mobil Chemical, Films Div. (Pittsford, NY), has introduced Label-Lyte® 534. It's a top-coated film face stock for use in demanding p-s labeling situations.
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Fillers and cappers

Key International (Englishtown, NJ) is now offering the Hispamec line of monoblock fillers and cappers that permit size/format changeovers without tools.

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