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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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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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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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Water bottle filler

Model EFG-100 Series water bottle filler from Adtech(TM) (Hatboro, PA) is equipped with Adtech's patented steam-in-place sterilization system to minimize the risk of contamination by bacteria.
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Warehouse distribution

Warehouse Rx(TM) 3.0 is a system for managing resources, information and activities of warehouse and distribution operations. Designed by Auto-Soft (Bountiful, UT) and distributed through Eskay (Bountiful, UT), the system offers real-time information on directing and managing labor, maximizing equipment use, and tracking and controlling inventory for conventional warehouses.
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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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Metal detectors

Safeline Metal Detect-ion (Booth 3553) will introduce a new line of metal detectors with a Performance Validation Routine to help packagers conform with vendor certification and ISO requirements.
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Flow wrapper

The new Pack 30-CA high-speed flow wrapper from Klockner Ho/oonsel Tevopharm (Booth 2326-2440) individually flow wraps hard boiled candy, lozenges, chewing gum and other solid, regularly shaped products.
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Noncontact date coder

Markem's (Keene, NH) 962 Touch Dry® coder has a new print head capable of printing up to 8 lines of legend in a 1" H area at speeds to 700'/min.
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UPC coupon coding

The Uniform Code Council's UPC Coupon Code Specification calls for UCC/EAN-128 extended codes to incorporate offers, expiration dates and other information onto current UPC coupon codes.
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Bagging system

Allied Automation (Dallas, TX) has introduced its Titan(TM) Rollbag® fully automatic bag packaging system for filling bags supplied on rolls. It dispenses, opens and seals bags from 2" x 2" to 12" x 22" at speeds to 60 bags/min, depending on size.

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