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Two-pronged attack in case-ready meats

Some supermarkets like vacuum skin-packing for case-ready meat, while others prefer modified-atmosphere master packs. Why not offer both, asks this Denver meat packer.
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Pre-made bags bring consistency

For a more consistent look for its line of frozen Mexican foods, Ruiz Food Products of Dinuba, CA, is using the Promobag(TM) from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS).
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Self-saturating swab means no-mess prep

A nurse using an iodine swab to prep a patient for surgery or IV insertion can do so quickly and cleanly with the self-saturating Betadine® PrepStick(TM) applicator from The Purdue Frederick Co., Norwalk, CT.
PLCs (top) have been the mainstay of packaging machine control for years, but use of PC controllers (above) has been rising. Bot
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Debating the future of packaging machine control

PC vs PLC -- Six packaging machinery builders debate the pros and cons of controlling packaging machinery with either computers or programmable logic controllers.
Time/temperature integrator tags (shown here and up close on p. 23)  used by Top of the Mountain Trout Co. include three ?indica
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Nothing's fishy about trout tags

Time/temperature monitoring tags placed in refrigerated shipments of smoked fish let Top of the Mountain Trout's restaurant customers know how long the trout will remain fresh.
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Hormel expanding MAP-packed pork

Hormel Foods, Austin, MN, believes it now has a long-shelf-life package system that delivers prepackaged pork cuts through a supermarket chain's warehouse.
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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Convenience Food Systems: Convenience Food Systems: Versatile food packager

The Tiromat Powerpak from Convenience Food Systems (Avon, MA) makes standard flexible vacuum packages, rigid conventional gas-flushed packages and skin packs.
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BluePrint Automation: Collation system

The Smart-Track high-speed collation system from BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) is designed to group individual packages, present the group to the pick-up station of a robot and allow dwell time for the pickup.
New packs of Heath?s bird suet (above) offer consumers easy opening. At retail, they can stand on the shelf, offer appealing gra
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Flexible materials earn Green Globe Award

Heath Manufacturing wins a Green Globe Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn. for a bird suet cake package that uses less material than its predecessor. New equipment increases productivity while saving labor costs.

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