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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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Near the head of the line, the black bowls in their carrier plates pass beneath the twin hoppers (left) of the filling station.
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Nut bowl offers microwavability and more

Plastic bowl for nuts and snacks is microwavable, reclosable and convenient. Barrier materials extend shelf life, and footed bottom allows stand-up on-shelf display.
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Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc: Metal detection software

Upgraded SafeNet Plus software from Safeline (Tampa, FL) permits up to 50 metal detectors to be linked to one PC. The enhanced software reports on time-and-date-stamped rejection incidents, real-time status of each detector on the network, historical data on testing and shift reports.
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Toray Plastics (America): OPP film

New 50-ga PCF, a metallized OPP film from Toray Plastics (North Kingstown, RI), provides a "drop-in" alternative to foil in multi-layer barrier extrusion laminations.
Rick Vavra, GE Plastics? materials and logistics manager (above), holds samples of the engineering resins made and packaged in
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Plastics maker tightens up on contamination

Engineering resins are costly, so consistent quality is critical. GE Plastics adds state-of-the-art metal detectors just ahead of resin packaging to eliminate this potential problem.
The bowl is thermoformed from a three-layer sheet that includes a proprietary sealant layer that ensures seal integrity yet stil
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Caito says, 'We'll do it ourselves'

This Indianapolis produce wholesaler is breaking into a whole new market segment as it brings its 12-oz Fresh Line fruit bowls to supermarket produce departments in the Midwest.
Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Metsys received Best of Show award at the recent Society for Technical Communication competition for its development of Theory and Concepts of Metal Detection computer-based training program.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.

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