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Form/fill/seal system

The Laudenberg FBM 44 is an in-line horizontal form/fill/seal machine from Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL). It produces four-side-seal pouches at speeds to 400/min.
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Applications news

Watson Label Products, a St. Louis firm that specializes in printed bar-code labels, recently purchased its second Omnius(TM) press from Indigo America (Woburn, MA).
High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
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Bag and pouch making

FMC (Green Bay, WI): M-450 winder continuously produces interleaved bags or bags on a roll, from rollstock or an in-line film extruder when combined with the company's rotary-motion bag machine.
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Applications news

Based on the success of a 16", eight-color press added to its Charlotte, NC, plant last year, Sonoco Engraph installed a 10-color, 16" web carton printing press earlier this year at its Robinsville, NJ, plant.
Controls Product Brief
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Bag and pouch making

GN Packaging Equipment (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada): Medical pouch machines, GN26MP and GN36MP, produce pouches from webs to 26" and 36" widths, respectively.
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.
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Sara Lee launches MAP-packed Bragels

Modified atmosphere packaging that gives filled bagels a seven-day non-refrigerated shelf life may provide another reason why nobody doesn't like Chicago-based Sara Lee®.
Controls Product Brief
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Servo drive

Indramat's (Hoffman Estates, IL) new Sercos fiber-optic interface version of the Ecodrive digital servo drive economically integrates motion control functions, amplifier, power supply and axis I/O functions in a single unit.
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Label printer/applicator

ID Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) has developed a label printer/applicator with an environmental closure that isolates the printer from contaminants and debris present in harsh production environments.
Tom Connelly (above) stands on a catwalk over the discharge station of the #10 press as four-color process-printed watermelon bi
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Chairman of the printed board

Connelly Containers has what it believes is the largest flexo/folder/gluer/stitcher in the world. Four-color process printing can be done directly on triple-wall corrugated board.
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Getting noticed is now packaging mission #1

In today's market, there are more serious packaging developments than the emergence of beverage containers with walls purposefully bent out of shape.
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FDA Web updates

The Food and Drug Administration is making it easier to keep track of labeling changes for drugs by listing these changes on its MedWatch web site: http://www.
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L-shaped accumulation table

Ambec (Owings Hills, MD) has introduced a new space-saving accumulation table. An L-shaped design allows a 10'-L bi-directional table to be located in spaces where available widths are only 5'.
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Gilette body wash hopes to hook consumers

A free-spinning hook is a central feature of Gillette's new body wash package, designed with assistance from Desgrippes Gobé & Associates (New York, NY).
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA) opened a branch office in Querétaro, Mexico.
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Depalletizer

Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) new depalletizer uses soft start/soft stop motors for increased container stability and improved line efficiency.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

GEI Mateer Burt, Inc. (Wayne, PA) began manufacturing the PPM line of p-s labelers, which was formerly manufactured by GEI Ashford in the U.K.

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