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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH) has sold its Heath, OH, plastics recycling plant to a newly formed company, 3DM LLC.
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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.
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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).
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Pouch progress, too

In addition to its core business of sauces packed in glass and plastic bottles, Yoshida has a busy pouch packaging operation, too. Typically the pouches are sold to other food marketers who include them as components in something like a vegetable or chicken stir fry.
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No progress in Lipton tampering

In late April, Walgreens stores temporarily pulled 16-oz glass bottles of Lipton Iced Tea from the shelves of more than 300 stores across the Midwest.
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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Metallized film does the Trix

Walk through the local supermarket's cereal aisle and you'll be bombarded with a display of vivid, colorful cartons. While it's not easy to stand out from such a crowd, Minneapolis-based General Mills believes it can with its Trix®, and new Team USA Cheerios®.
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Supplier news: International agreements

PCI Services, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) has purchased Unipack Ltd., the largest contract packager of pharmaceuticals in the U.K.
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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.
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Melon salad counts on PVC jars

Chilled fruit leader UniMark Foods of Argyle, TX, is well known in supermarkets nationwide for its 26-oz portions of tropical fruits in glass jars sold on ice in the produce department.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.
In Sonoco?s pilot production line, seven lanes of canisters are being gently conveyed from the container former/cutter to the pa
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Sonoco's new line produces 'swell' shape

Called a pilot line, Sonoco's new nonround paperboard canister fabricating line at Hartsville, SC, will keep Lipton and others supplied. European forming technology and paper bottom sealing rounds off Lipton's rectangular shape.
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Labeling software

Advanced Labeling Systems, Inc. (Southbridge, MA) announces LabelMAX(TM) for Windows '95 that works with printers using Windows drivers, including ink-jet, laser and thermal-transfer printers.
Materials Product Brief
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F/f/s system

Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) has redesigned its TOPAS® f/f/s system to increase productivity of up to 1겨 bags/hr. In addition to free-flowing bulk goods, such as plastic resins, fertilizers and chemicals, the system can now accommodate difficult-to-handle products such as PVC powders.
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U.S. companies say Eco-labels have hollow echo

U.S. Trade Representative presses European Union to endorse labels with descriptive language. Threats of trade retaliation ups the ante.
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Geared for application

About all Scott Stevenson and Bijan Hosseini knew about sunscreen before they launched Newport Beach, CA-based Solar Gear, Inc., was that the greasy residue it left on their hands after use interfered with their outdoor activities, including surfing, golfing and fishing.
Materials Product Brief
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Technical services brochure

Captive Plastics, Inc. (Piscataway, NJ) has released a new brochure that details the technical services provided in-house for the design, tooling, production and finishing of pharmaceutical, personal care, food and chemical specialties packaging.

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