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Oil and grease repellent

Ciba-Geigy (Greensboro, NC) has introduced an FDA-approved oil and grease repellent for paper and paperboard used in food packaging. Lodyne® P-208E is water-based, nonflammable and nonfoaming for easy handling.
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Tablet filler

Merrill-Lakso's (Leominster, MA) Model 35 "New Wave" Electronic filler is for counting and filling tablets, capsules and any other solid dose pharmaceutical products.
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Food labeling brochure

Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) has released a six-page color brochure discussing specific needs of the food industry, with special focus on new FDA and USDA regulations.
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Bar code alternatives

Balluff's (Florence, KY) new color brochure describes the BIS System for product identification. An alternative to bar code labels and RF emitters, BIS uses non-volatile "memory" tags to store up to 2ꯠ alphanumeric characters, with data read and written by non-contact, unobstructable, passive inductive heads.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Emhart Powers (Elmira, NY) has secured exclusive rights to represent LumenX Co.'s (Mogadore, OH) machine vision systems.
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Automated distribution

Boss 2 is a new generation of automated distribution software from Buschman (Cincinnati, OH) that allows retail distribution centers to reach maximum productivity.
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Thermal printer

Esselte Meto (Booth 3127) will introduce the Atlas Model AS40 thermal printer. This thermal bar code printer has HP Laserjet emulation and 300 dpi print resolution.
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Bar code system

The Pathfinder® Ultra(TM) RF printer from Monarch Marking (Booth 1519) is a portable bar code printing system that integrates bar code printing, laser bar code scanning and spread spectrum radio frequency data communications capabilities in a hand-held computing device.
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Components on the Internet

PHD (Fort Wayne, IN) now offers information on its automation components and accessories through the Internet. The latest information on the company's products, support software, CAD files delivery, special services and upcoming events are accessible.
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Design and distribution

Tops(TM) for Windows is a package design system from Tops Eng. (Plano, TX) that allows the packager to size a package, select materials for optimum cost and stacking strength, then determine shipping/distribution function.
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Eclipsing the competition

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for OTC sales, SmithKline Beecham's new Tagamet HB is one of the first "Acid blocker" products to reach the re-tail market.
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Checkweigher

Ramsey Technology's (Booth 2256) ICORE AutoCheck 9000 checkweigher has an advanced design that allows customization for specific applications. It handles weighing, control and reject functions at speeds to 700 packages/min.
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Recycling program

ITW Angleboard (Booth 2164) will present its new recycling program at WestPack. It will target used plastics, which the company plans to gather from manufacturers and warehouses.
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Case packer

The Model 820 case packer from McDowell (Booth 3580) packs glass or plastic bottles at speeds to 10 cases/min. Works with round or nonround bottles.
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Tool care system

CarnaudMetalBox (Wantage, Oxon, England) has introduced the Tool Care System, a PC-based software program that allows canmakers to control and forecast tooling requirements.
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Material specifications

XSpec software from IMAS (Rolling Meadows, IL) enables users to create, store and manage specification information. It integrates text, images and data to provide specifications on packaging and related materials.
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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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Print and apply

Codewriter Industries (Booth 1520) will introduce its 5106PA print and apply system for high-speed in-line automated box and package labeling. Labels can be applied to sides or corners of packages with air-jet application.

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