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Bottling system

The ValuLine(TM) is a compact bottling system from Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) suited for new or small-run bottling operations. The system automatically washes, rinses, sanitizes, fills and caps 3-, 5-, and 6-gal bottles at speeds to 110/hr.
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Lane divider

The Translide(TM) lane divider from Western Atlas (Hebron, KY) accepts product from a single infeed line, divides it and transports it into two outfeed lines.
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Decorating system

Krones (Franklin, WI) introduces Thermocol, a patent-pending heat transfer container decorating system. An alternative to p-s and applied ceramic labeling, the process uses Krones' Autocol rotary labeler to transfer high-impact graphics, including photos and half-tones, from a web onto glass, plastic or metal containers at rates to 500/min.
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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.
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Slotted dispenser

Weatherchem's (Twinsburg, OH) Flapper® dispenser is now available with a slotted pour option for coarse products such as fertilizers or ice melt.
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X-ray inspection

The PrimeScan Ultima X-ray inspection system from EG&G Instruments (Oak Ridge, TN) will be shown at interpack. It provides automatic inspection and rejection of packaged foods containing foreign objects such as metal, glass, PVC, teflon, bones, stones or shells in metal or glass containers.
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Case weigher/labeler

The BCE 2500HBX is a NEMA 4X washdown automatic case weighing and labeling system from B.C.E. Technologies (Tampa, FL). It uses a heavy-capacity in-motion case weighing frame integrated with a high-performance BCE thermal/ thermal-transfer label printer/applicator for automatic case label printing and applying.
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Stretch wrapper for pallet loads

The Sidewinder® RT (Rotary Tower) series of stretch wrappers from Infrapak (Farmers Branch, TX) is available in semi-automatic and automatic, heavy-duty and regular versions.
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Hot-ink roll printer

Preston Printers (Haslemere, Surrey, England) will launch its Apollo Series IIM hot-ink roll printer for coding and marking on-line with wrappers.
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Bar code verifier

The Inspector® 4000 from RJS (Monrovia, CA) enables users to verify that bar codes meet ANSI's bar code print quality standard. Inspector consists of a hand-held bar code verifier and patented Auto-Optic(TM) scan head that allows instant selection of aperture sizes and a choice of light wavelengths.
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Volumetric piston filler

Model IVS-G-2 Series of in-line gallon piston filling systems from REB (Menomonie, WI) can fill a range of viscosities, including thin liquids, chunky slurries and thick pastes, into glass, metal or plastic containers.
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CR/senior-friendly vial

Approved by the CPSC, Lermer Packaging's (Garwood, NJ) new prescription CR Vial can be reversed for use as a senior-friendly package. A large tab allows users to line up arrows and push the HDPE cap off of the PP bottle.
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Fiber optic sensor

The OBF family of photoelectric sensors from ifm efector (Exton, PA) minimizes the chance of false signals through a simple, two-button set-up procedure.
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Bar code scanner

Computer Identics (Canton, MA) has introduced the CiMax(TM) 7500 high-performance bar code scanner for PDF 417 two-dimensional codes. Uses a unique technology that collects data from a tilted or skewed bar code by scanning it in sections and integrating those sections for decoding and validation.
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Case loader

Salwasser's (Reedley, CA) Model W-60 mechanical wraparound case former, loader and sealer reaches speeds of up to 18 cases/min and comes equipped with a 300-case horizontal magazine.
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Metal detector

The Metalchek 30 metal detector from Lock Inspection Systems (Fitchburg, MA) can be connected to a PC and printer for data analysis on rejects. Stores up to 100 product settings.
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%.
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New printing technology

Hologravure(TM) is a new technology that allows printing directly on clear plastic using conventional four-color process printing, plus a range of PMS colors and halftones, to create a multi-dimensional effect.

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