Machinery

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FDA to streamline dietary supplement labels

Agency proposes to shrink options for health claims, product names and symbols that can be used by makers of vitamins, supplements and herbals.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Flap-folding infeed

A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) has introduced an infeed device that lowers a case over products instead of lowering products into the case so that manual lifting is not necessary.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Heat and Control's (Hayward, CA) new Packaging Demonstration Center in Hayward, CA, is open for product testing. It features multihead weighers, checkweighers and a complete line of product distribution and feed conveyors.
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A short course on plastics technology

A new book promises to explain plastics packaging technology to scientists, engineers, even college graduates who begin new jobs and need a quick tutorial.
Materials Product Brief
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B&H Labeling Systems: Shrink labeler

Model 8000 series shrink labeler reduces registration errors and eliminates bottlenecks that occur during change-over, says manufacturer B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA).
Machine Product Brief
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K&R Equipment, Inc: Bag decuffer/top sealer

K&R Equipment's (San Jose, CA) new PBD-AT 3 plastic bag decuffer/top sealing machine automatically decuffs the bag on the lined container filled with product before being sent downstream.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI); Tharco (San Lorenzo, CA); Scapa Tapes North America (Windsor, CT); Hi-Speed Checkweigher, Inc.
Controls Product Brief
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Extrusion blow-molding machines

The CMP single-and twin-station blow molders from Central Machinery (Bombay, India) come with or without de-flashing systems and are modular in design.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
Materials Product Brief
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Klockner Pentaplast: In-line labeling film

Machine-direction-oriented (MDO) thin film for p-s labels in thicknesses from 2 to 4 mils is now manufactured in-line by Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA).
Machine Product Brief
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Schroeder Machines: Case packer

Model 8500 top-loading case packer from Schroeder Machines (East Syracuse, NY) uses biaxial servo modules to pack unstable containers or bags from an infeed conveying system into erected RSC cases.
Procter & Gamble?s redesigned 64- and 128-oz bottles of Crisco (above) now reflect the chevron-bedecked look of the rest of the
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Crisco goes on a diet

Larger bottle sizes of Procter & Gamble's venerable Crisco oils now have the proprietary shape of the rest of the line, and they weigh 25% less than before.
Machine Product Brief
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MRM/Elgin Corp.: Capper

MRM Elgin's (Menomonie, WI) Versa-Cap capper applies plastic or metal continuous-thread caps onto plastic, metal or glass containers at speeds to 240 caps/min, depending on cap and bottle size, material and spacing.
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Automated Production Systems, Corp.: PET bottle handling system

Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) high-speed conveyor and accumulation system can handle up to 470 bottles/min. The system offers an automatic pallet handling system, complete line-speed modulation and pressureless combining.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Cincinnati Milacron (Batavia, OH) has acquired the assets of Johnson Controls Inc. (Milwaukee, WI), the largest U.S. producer of blow-molding systems under the Uniloy brand name.
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Pace picks barrier bottle for picante sauce

In July Campbell Soup's Pace Foods, San Antonio, TX, rolled out its picante sauce in a proprietary 20-oz squeezable plastic barrier bottle.
Materials Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Single-file air conveyor

The Can Jet air conveyor from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) uses a powered-rotator device for the precise orientation of cans for downstream processes.
Materials Product Brief
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Amoco Polymers: High-clarity PP

Amoco Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) has released new product literature on ACCLEAR(TM) high- clarity polypropylene. ACCLEAR grades are well-suited to thermoforming, injection molding, extrusion blow molding and stretch/blow-molding processes.

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