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A different type of kitchen cleanser

Bushberry Deodorizing Liquid Soap for hands is available in scents like cucumber, lemon, vanilla and oatmeal, so it has a definite kitchen and garden tone.
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Sanitation measures in the HEPA-filtered packaging room include full garb, mask and boots for the operator, who also passes thro
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Nature's Pleasures launches fresh-cut apple slic es

This processor may not be the first to package apple slices in an extended shelf-life MAP format. But management believes its technology gives it an edge over those who pioneered the concept.
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filler

The Millennium 400 system from All-Fill (Exton, PA) has a servo motor-controlled timing screw system that precisely positions each container through each stage of the filling sequence: tare measurement, filling, weighing, top-off, final weighing and exit.
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Labeling trends predicted

Growth in see-through labels, three-dimensional labels and labeling of nonround containers are some of the labeling trends forecast by packagers in a recent market study commissioned by B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA).
Injection-molded plastic buckets like these (top) carry ?long goods? pasta. Transporting these buckets vertically, horizontally
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Components help conveying system find its bearings

Self-lubricating bearings make for smooth sailing of pasta-carrying buckets at Dakota Growers Pasta plant in Carrington, ND.
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Cap feeder

The Aidlin Series CF20/24S cap feeder from Gebo (Bradenton, FL) is designed to orient and feed sports caps or TE rings to bottles. It uses a new method of orientation, says the company, to apply closures at speeds to 300/min.
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FDA wants fresh juice warning labels

Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.
Mounted to the side ofconveyors are plastic-housed Powered Roller Interface Modules (PRIMs). Each PRIM controls four conveyor ?
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USPS ups efficiency with 'smart' conveyor controls

Powered rollers and photoelectric sensors are networked by computer throughout 11ꯠ' of retrofitted conveyor used to direct mail within the U.S. Postal Service's Carol Stream, IL, facility. Noise levels, maintenance costs and electrical consumption are all reduced.
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PSI: Conveyor stops

Newly redesigned compact cantilever slides are small but can handle high-impact loads, says manufacturer PHD (Ft. Wayne, IN). Series SA and SB Slides can carry loads for a wide variety of applications with dynamic side loads at up to 75 lb.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Epsilon Polyolefin Corp. (S. Plainfield, NJ) will invest $50 million in expanding its polyolefin shrink film line and modifying its headquarters to accommodate state-of-the-art technology, extrusion and converting capabilities.
A semi-automatic filler improves accuracy during filling of 1-qt cartons (left and inset
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Filler enables DriWater to eject rejects

Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
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Packaging Systems Automation, Inc: Transport cartoner

Packaging Systems Automation (Plymouth, MN) will introduce the IMC-612 intermittent-motion transport cartoner. Its "no flight chain" carton transport allows perfectly square cartons, says the company.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

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Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
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Vacuum de-aerator

Model 720/730 horizonal de-aerator can increase the bulk density of fluidized powders up to 200%, says manufacturer B.A.G. (Dallas, TX). This helps to reduce freight costs while improving product stability during transit.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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Printing on corrugated

Signet's (Costa Mesa, CA) XLS flexo printing press can print on knocked-down corrugated cases, trays and flat sheets at speeds to 120/min. A ceramic anilox roll, improved doctor blade metering system, and a new inking system are said to produce higher-quality printing than previous models.

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