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Vivelle-Dot patches are heat-sealed in individual pouches. Pouches are packed into individual folding cartons, visible to the ri
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Tiny patch 'dots' pharmaceutical landscape

Noven Pharmaceuticals employs a new cartoner to help introduce an estrogen replacement therapy patch sold to pharmacies and merchandised free as physician samples.
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Cases are formed into rows (top) on a slider plate that moves a layer of cases (above) onto the stretch wrapper part of the pall
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Dow Corning sings praises of palletizer/stretch wrapper combo

Combo systems at the end of three silicone sealant cartridge packaging lines save space, money and materials at the company's Elizabethtown, KY, facility.
At Upsher-Smith Laboratories in Minneapolis, a camera (far left) takes an image of a pharmaceutical label to verify date and lot
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Strong gains projected for machine vision in packaging

The pharmaceutical and food industries are expected to report 10%-plus gains annually in use of machine vision systems, says this report from a prominent trade group.
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Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Inc: In-line checkweigher

Hi-Speed Checkweigher (Ithaca, NY) introduces the S-Series of in-line checkweighers for bottles, cartons, blister packs, bags and other containers.
Heat and Control
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Web Plus: Capsule reviews

A variety of distinctive glass wine bot-tles are featured at www.winebottle.com, the site of Wine Bottle & Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filler

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Cerebus III Model B-400 auger filling machine dispenses powders, liquids or any dry product in amounts from 500 mg to 100 lb.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

All-Fill, Inc.'s (Exton, PA) checkweighing div. is now called Alpha Checkweighers.
The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.

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