Machinery

These two control cabinets show two of the 126 micro PLCs on the line, each the size of a common house brick. The PLC on the lef
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A new record for distributed control (sidebar)

How distributed control spreads the burden
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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.
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Nordson Corporation: Adhesive applicators

The compact Series E-350 electric adhesive guns from Nordson (Duluth, GA) close 1" centerlines to handle the hot melt pattern requirements of case sealing and cartoning.
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Klockner Bartelt: Klockner Bartelt: Flow wrappers

Klckner Bartelt's Ho/oonsel Tevopharm NA Div. (Sarasota, FL) will introduce the Pack-200 medium-speed flow wrapper, which operates at speeds up to 300 pieces/min.
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AET rejects Huntman proposal

Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc. announced Aug. 14 that its Board of Directors had unanimously rejected the unsolicited and conditional proposal of Huntsman Packaging Corp.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

CCL Label (Rosemont, IL) has broken ground on a new p-s label converting facility in Charlotte, NC. Operational by the end of the year, the new facility will consolidate operations of CCL's Cincinnati, OH, and Charlotte, NC, plants.
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Thiele Technologies, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Liquid filler

Quick-clean, modular Top Fill machine from Thiele (Minneapolis, MN) offers the speed of a volumetric with the cleaning and changeover ease of a net-weight filler.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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Inline Filling Systems Inc: Capping machine

Inline Filling's (Venice, FL) Computorque Capping Machine uses two counter-rotating tightening belts on either side of the cap to reduce downtime and replacement costs.
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Kayat Engineering Corp.: Shrink bundler

Kayat's (Edgewater, FL) dual-track Model 502-B shrink bundler collates and wraps unsupported bottles, cans and jars at speeds to 120 bundles/min.
Downsizing of packaging departments in the past few years is creating a shortage of packaging professionals ?with a good history
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Packagers struggle with staffing

Manufacturers in virtually every industry-including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and even electronics-report that it's getting harder and harder to find and keep good packaging people.
Redhook Ale Brewery?s Woodinville, WA, brewery reversed declining efficiency rates by putting engineers back on the bottling lin
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Packaging power struggle

When operators override control logic and take control of the line, how should the packaging engineering department react?
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Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Flexo printer

The Flex Print Flexographic web printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) prints on material from all hf/f/s machines. Patented geared "S" wrap drive requires no direct mechanical connection to operate the printer.
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All-Fill Inc: Checkweigher

Model MW-16 is a continuous, non-porous conveyor belt from All-Fill (Exton, PA). Its maximum 80/min operating speed works for medium-sized cases, corrugated boxes, bulk-bagged product and other containers.
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Eight O'Clock tests canisters in supermarkets

Montvale, NJ-based coffee marketer Eight O'Clock Coffee is testing a composite foil/paperboard canister in New York City supermarkets for two flavors of Great Coffees of the World.
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CMM to feature CtP technology

CMM International, produced and managed by Miller Freeman, Inc. (New York, NY), has announced a special Computer to Plate Technology Center to be unveiled at the 1999 event in Chicago, April 12-15.
With Fox 40?s new blister pack (above), four ?posts? in the blister protrude through holes in the card. The posts are then crush
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Blisters clear enviro-hurdles

Fox 40's mechanically bonded blister packs retain the clarity of a clear blister while complying with European recycling mandates. Card costs drop 20%, and new machine boosts productivity by 50% while halving labor.
The monoblock rinser/filler/capper combines 24 rinsing heads, 24 fill nozzles and six capping stations in a compact frame
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Bringing a glacier to the consumer

On Vancouver Island, a brand new PET bottling line fed by an in-line stretch blow-molding machine is packaging right from a glacier some of the purest water on the planet.

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