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BluePrint Automation: Gravity case packer

Blueprint Automation's (Richmond, VA) MGC Series gravity case packers use a unique "bomb-bay" collating device to collate bags and insert them into cases at speeds to 200 bags/min.
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The barrier foam tray now used for secondary packaging replaced a thermoformed flexible film. It makes Burnett?s line of micr
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Burnett cooks with foamed PP/EVOH tray

California marketer of precooked beef and pork takes the home meal replacement concept to a new level thanks to its foamed PP tray with EVOH barrier.
A sample print run for a Nestlé frozen novelty wrap promoting Walt Disney?s Hercules movie displays the impression-by-impres
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Digital-on-demand printing opens new markets for converter

Two six-color digital offset presses drive Watson Label Products into the packaging market. Machines specialize in short-run production of flexibles used primarily for prototyping and promotional purposes.
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Fernqvist Labeling Solutions: Thermal printer

The FLS 6200 thermal printer from Fernqvist Labeling Solutions (Mountain View, CA) prints labels in widths up to 6" at a rate of 6"/sec, at a print resolution of 203 dpi.
Labels of the five wines below were winners of recent competitions sponsored by the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute and
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A good year for wine labels

Reflecting a surge in the wine industry, wine labels take precedence at recent awards competitions.
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Hair volumizers launch in brushed aluminum

A unique aerosol can with a brushed aluminum finish and complementary oversized aluminum overcap is providing an upscale look for Minneapolis, MN-based Regis Corp.'s Volum hair volumizer product line.
Materials Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Palletizing retention device

A-B-C Packaging Machine's (Tarpon Springs, FL) innovative layer retention device for the Model 108 low-level bulk depalletizer is designed to eliminate problems caused when unloading bottles that have shifted during shipping.
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Is Bud ready for plastics?

Wondering what the world's biggest brewer thinks about plastic bottles for beer? Anheuser-Busch tipped its hand, ever so slightly, at a recent technical conference.
Controls Product Brief
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Flag labeler

The Model 612 flag labeler from Ohio Electronics Machinery (Salem, OH) is a semi-automatic tabletop adhesive-side-up label applicator that applies "flagged" labels onto products such as power cords, hoses or other hardware items.
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Total Indulgence is a total winner

Winner of the Bernard M. Seid Best of Show Award in the 35th annual awards competition sponsored by the National Assn. of Container Distributors was Tricor Packaging (St.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
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Donnybrook over spring brooks

FDA considers whether bottled water labels should carry information on levels of ingredients, contaminants and chemicals.
Materials Product Brief
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Rotary blister sealers

Automatic rotary blister sealers from Starview Packaging Machinery (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) are equipped with automatic blister and card feeders, as well as an automatic unloading system for finished product.
In the final station of the intermittent-motion capper (far left), a load cell senses if torque is too low so that the bottle ca
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Torpharm aims to lead in generic drugs

Apotex creates an entirely new division to pack generic drugs for the U.S. The new facility's first packaging line is a model of efficiency and sanitation.
Designed to minimize operator bending, a custom carriage stop allows the film to stop at any height
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Carton producer stretches savings

Paper company Rock-Tenn switches from a shrink wrapping system to a customized stretch wrapper to unitize skids of paper. Benefits stretch beyond expectations.
Supplier News
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Changes in drug packaging?

Among the findings presented at a January 8 hearing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was this disturbing FDA estimate: Some 1.3 million people are injured each year in the U.S.
Bottles are conveyed up and into the bowl of the unscrambler thanks to a feeder that Ledge Rock had fabricated locally. The sam
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Water bottling line completed by farmer

To bottle its spring water in volume, Wisconsin farmer uses creativity to complete an automated bottling line. Homemade feeders and some change parts help keep total costs low.
The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice

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