Machinery

Machine Product Brief
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Imtec, Inc: Label printer/applicator

The ApplyPro(TM) X2 Turbo label applicator from Imtec (Bellows Falls, VT) is designed for high-speed tamp-on application. It prints and applies labels at speeds to 70/min.
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Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

CCL Container (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada) is consolidating all of its business entities, now operating as divisions of the company and using the same corporate name and logo.
Feature Article
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Widemouth cups will expand beverage packaging options

We've been looking at the newest generation of Ensure® nutritional supplement packaging and thinking that thermoformed or injection-molded cups<>in some advanced stage of development<>could be beer and carbonated beverage containers (CSDs) in the future.
Materials Product Brief
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Goodwrappers: Stretch-wrap manual

Goodwrappers (Baltimore, MD) is offering a "Wrapping Techniques Manual." The 32-page guide focuses on the two main tasks, stabilizing loads and unitizing loads, that stretch wrapping accomplishes.
News
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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Master bag system

Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) has introduced the Stacked Masterpack System, which takes products individually packaged in Autobags and places them in larger bags in groups of 25, 50 or 75.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Robb Container Corp. (Naperville, IL) has opened a blow-molding container manufacturing plant in Omaha, NE.
News
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Twister takes a whole new shape

For its Twister brand juice beverage, Tropicana North America has launched a 1.75-L (59.3-oz) heat-set bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate that the Bradenton, FL, firm describes as "the first heat-set, hot-filled (180°+) rectangular PET bottle" for a juice beverage in the U.S.
Controls Product Brief
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

The Model FSB shrink bundler from Omega Design (Exton, PA) automatically collates, unitizes and wraps containers and/or cartons into a predetermined configuration.
Materials Product Brief
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Mobile blister packager

The EZ Blister(TM) from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) is a semi-automatic blister packer for pharmaceutical use. Separate stations form, seal and cut/perforate blisters.
Materials Product Brief
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Romaco, Inc: Blister packaging machine

The Romaco/Horn+Noack "Noack 900" blister packaging machine from Romaco (Morris Plains, NJ) produces up to 300 blister packs/ min on a 200 mm (7.8") web.
News
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FSIS considers labeling reviews without industry representation

A food labeling trade group has expressed concern that industry representatives may be barred in the future from face-to-face meetings with federal regulators that review new labels for meat and poultry products.
Materials Product Brief
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Information sheet

Available from Automated Feeding & Alignment Systems (Batavia, IL) is an information sheet on its asymmetrical package orienter. The flow of a package from a "beginning pattern" to a "final component pattern" is illustrated along with a list of benefits, features and typical uses of the machine, such as batteries and squeeze tubes on hanging cards.
Controls Product Brief
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PPT Vision: Machine vision system

PPT Vision's (Eden Prairie, MN) Passport® DSL (digital serial link) digital machine vision system and network is said to deliver sharp, noise-free images without distortion, signal degradation, or pixel jitter.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: AGI Inc. (Melrose Park, IL); K-Tron America (Pitman, NJ) for manufacture of Hasler Feeders and K-Tron Soder line; GneuB Kunststofftechnik GmbH (Monichhusen, Germany); Ranpak Corp.
Machine Product Brief
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Case erector/sealer

The 417HS continuous high-speed case erector/bottom sealer from S.V. Dice (Walnut, CA) is engineered to run up to 60 cases/min. Its compact design allows integration into new or existing lines where floor space is scarce.
Sealing jaws heat-seal the two side edges from the bottom up through the ultrasonically-sealed top zipper area before a cut-off
Feature Article
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition

Five new hf/f/s machines allow Heinz to switch from pillow packs to stand-up, resealable zipper pouches for its Pup-Peroni and Jerky Treats dog snacks.
Olin?s four new injection-molded containers for pool chemicals include the 5-lb size (right) with molded hand-grip and product m
Feature Article
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Olin takes air out of pool chemicals display

A new line of interlocking modular square containers was designed to meet retailers' needs. Design features, some patented, make containers consumer-friendly as well.

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