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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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Controls Product Brief
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Hayssen, Inc A Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: Vf/f/s machine

Hayssen's (Duncan, SC) Edge(TM) vertical form/fill/seal machine is a low-cost alternative for mid-range applications, according to the manufacturer.
Machine Product Brief
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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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Fresh graphics for U.K. water bottler

Applied ceramic labeling has revitalized the 250- and 750-ml fluted white flint glass containers of natural mineral water from Decantae Mineral Water Ltd.
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?
Materials Product Brief
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Metallized BOPP label

Avery Dennison (Pasadena, CA) offers the Fasson® Metallized BOPP labeling material with repositionable/permanent adhesive. Featuring a mirror-like image, the label uses a 2-mil, biaxially oriented PP facestock.
Materials Product Brief
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Diagraph, An ITW Company: Industrial labeler

Diagraph Corp. (St. Louis, MO) introduces the automatic LA/1000 labeler, an accurate, moderate-speed system built for industrial environments. Its wipe-on applicator is available with a brush or roller.
Machine Product Brief
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Compacker: Case packer

The End-packer II-3 from Compacker (Davenport, IA) provides automatic case erecting, product accumulation, loading and choice of hot melt or p-s tape sealing.
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Quaker, Graham announce plant-within-a-plant

Chicago-based Quaker Oats and Graham Packaging of York, PA, have announced plans to establish a plant-within-a-plant to blow mold hot-fillable polyethylene terephthalate bottles for Gatorade® Thirst Quencher.
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A new record for distributed control (sidebar)

Profibus network explained
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: All-Fill Inc: Auger system

All-Fill (Exton, PA) has introduced a color catalog sheet featuring its servo motor direct-drive Multi-Fill auger systems. These provide fast, accurate, multi-positioned dispensing of powders and viscous products typically encountered with vf/f/s machines, horizontal thermoformers, strip packers, pocket vacuum formers, pouch makers and rotary cup machines.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: High-speed labeler

To label glass or plastic bottles or aluminum cans, the Contiroll from Krones (Franklin, WI) operates at speeds to 800 containers/min. Placement accuracy is assured by proven rotary container handling, control and centering.
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FDA sued over bio-tech labeling

Two advocacy groups have sued the FDA, charging the agency's testing and labeling policies for genetically engineered foods violate its statutory mandate to protect public health.
At Kraft Foods? Tarrytown, NY, development laboratories, co-op students work side-by-side with experienced professionals like Ri
Supplier News
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Career fairs: How some companies 'precruit'

Many companies look for packaging professionals at schools with packaging curricula, and some successful companies begin the process before students even graduate.
Machine Product Brief
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Print-and-apply unit

Alpha Dot USA (Belle Mead, NJ) introduces the Eclipse, an advanced print-and-apply thermal-transfer labeling system for secondary package identification.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

Omega Design Corp.'s (Exton, PA) Classic Shrink bundler is featured in a color catalog. Suited for pharmaceutical, personal care, food, liquor and specialty chemical product packaging, the shrink-bundler automatically collates and packages containers or cartons into a unitized bundle that is protected against label marring.

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