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With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
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Colors differentiate each variety in Kraft?s line of flavored cream cheese (left). Prior to the redesign, consumers found it ha
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The color of branding

A design veteran formerly with Kraft and P&G cites package examples that succeeded in meeting brand positioning objectives-plus some that did not.
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FANUC Robotics: Washdown robot

FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
Drums of Witco?s products are often stored outside (left),where labels are exposed to weather elements and the bleaching effe
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Witco leaves lasting impression on containers

Chemical producer shifts to thermal-transfer-printed labels for drums often stored outside. Copy required by regulations is legible longer. Computer software makes labels much easier to create, too.
A sample print run for a Nestlé frozen novelty wrap promoting Walt Disney?s Hercules movie displays the impression-by-impres
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Digital-on-demand printing opens new markets for converter

Two six-color digital offset presses drive Watson Label Products into the packaging market. Machines specialize in short-run production of flexibles used primarily for prototyping and promotional purposes.
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Diagraph, An ITW Company: Ink-jet printer

The Linx 4800 ink-jet printer from Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) is designed for one- and two-line printing applications of moderate complexity. IP55-rated for harsh environments, it's suitable for date and batch coding in the food, dairy, beverage and cosmetics industries.
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SICK, Inc: Inductive sensors

SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) offers inductive proximity sensors designed to detect metallic objects. Their fully encapsulated design includes no moving parts or contacts, providing low maintenance and protection against vibration, shock, dust, dirt and humidity.
Since containers must be completely dry prior to shrink labeling, they pass through a series of air blowers that remove all resi
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules (sidebar)

Shrink labelers make their North American debut
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Photoelectric sensors

The Skan-A-Matic C2000 series of high-performance, subcompact, photoelectric sensors from Clarostat (Richardson, TX) are designed for harsh-duty environments.
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Photoelectric sensors

The QM42 Series of 10- to 30-v DC photoelectric sensors from Banner Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) is designed to withstand severe environmental conditions and impact.

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