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The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
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Gamse Litho adds press, sheeter

Gamse Lithographic, Baltimore, MD, has added a six-color Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) litho press and SHM 1400 high-speed sheeter from Strachan Henshaw Machinery (Chicago, IL).
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Flowrapper

Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
All eight stations on the press (above) are arranged around an offset cylinder measuring 48 inches in diameter. Eight mandrels (
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Dry offset printing reaches eight colors

Brand managers who market their products in plastic cups are no longer limited to six colors now that Polytainers has commercialized an eight-color dry offset printer. Yogurt marketers are clearly impressed.
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Pallet stretch wrapper

The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
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Robot system

CRS Robotics (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) offers its class of gantry robots for high-precision applications. Employs calibrated welded-frame structures, precision ball screw drives, and digital optical encoders to achieve accuracies of at least 0.005" and repeatability up to 0.001" over a 20ꯠ-cubic-inch working area, or 36" x 42" x 12".
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) and Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) will merge to create a new manufacturer of machine vision systems.
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) S-Series semi-automatic stretch wrapping system wraps tall, light, unstable or heavy loads at speeds to 35 loads/hr.
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Flat-bottom bag system

The Acceleron flat-bottom bag system from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) continually produces gabletop, flat-bottom packages from any supported material, including kraft paper, Mylar®, metallized foils and other product-specific packaging films.
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Channelizer

Cintex's (Kenosha, WI) Microplan Channelizer provides up to four channel separations on urethane conveyors with variable speed drives to 200 ft/min.
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Vertical cartoner

The Clybourn Spectrum Series vertical cartoner from Sasib (Skokie, IL) reaches speeds to 300 containers/min. Accommodates a range of carton sizes with centers from 3" to 24".
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Shrink wrap system

Arpac's (Schiller Park, IL) Model BPTW-60 shrink wrap system overwraps 60 trays/min using either plain or print-registered PE film. It uses an overwrap flight bar system and single sheets of film cut by a rotary knife.
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Automation times six at Apotex

At Jugos? Mexico City plant, overwrapped trays of glass bottles of juices (above) are being produced at the bottling line?s sp
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Mexican juices packed to U.S. standards

Tray packs of cans and bottles wrapped in shrink film allow Jugos del Valle to compete both in Mexico and in the post-NAFTA U.S. markets.
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Stepper applicators

Labeljet (Fort Worth, TX) has introduced two new stepper-driven label applicators that use photelectric label sensors. The Model 2110 reaches speeds of 300"/min; the Model 2112 reaches 600"/min.
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Squeezing out productivity

An adjustable guiderail system allows juice producer Hansen's Juices to maximize output, minimize downtime. Sizing up and down lets line focus on "just-in-time" technology.
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Coca-Cola's efficiency soars with ultrasonics

Ultrasonic proximity and motion control sensors improve efficiency and reduce downtime at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated's Mobile, AL plant.
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Adjusting drive hub

An economical device to change the phase relationship of drive components is the Phas-Lok Adjusting Hub from Zero-Max (Minneapolis, MN). It provides stepless adjustment with a 12° range to compensate for timing changes caused by chain or tooth wear.

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