Machinery

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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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TMC: Vertical cartoning

The continuous-motion vertical flip-top cartoning system from TMC (Elk Grove Village, IL) operates at speeds as fast as 500/min. Cartoner can interface with volumetric fillers, computer scales or slat counters and is recommended for use in packaging pharmaceuticals and food products in flip-top cartons.
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Dissimilar packs share honors

A powder medication inhaler and unusual bags for an ice melter and for pet food earn recognition at DuPont's 12th awards competition.
Controls Product Brief
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Linear conveyor

A linear, differential-motion conveyor, the Auto-Glide® is available from Smalley Mfg. (Knoxville, TN). Operates at rates to 40'/min. The conveyor's vibratory action occurs in a horizontal plane, via a gentle shuffling action.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Sud-Chemie Performance Packaging: Desiccant tubes

United Desiccants' (Louisville, KY) injection-molded tube and desiccant stoppers are said to eliminate moisture contamination of products, increase packaging productivity and enhance brand equity.
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Aseptic PE/EVOH/PE bottles hold shelf-stable infant formula

Infant formula isn't a category where you normally find a lot of packaging innovation. But this summer has brought us two interesting packaging advances in the "mother's milk" replacement business.
Controls Product Brief
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Can end maker

Rychiger MHM machines from Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) make consumer-friendly, peelable membrane can ends with no sharp edges.
On Valley's newest 200'-long labeling/sortation/collating line, cassettes, CDs and videos are manually loaded into the 10 dispen
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A new record for distributed control

Music distributor Valley Media cuts downtime by more than 50% on its newest labeling/sortation/collating line. A network of micro PLCs controls the line as well as gathers performance data to speed troubleshooting.
Materials Product Brief
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Portola Packaging, Inc: Snap-on cap

Portola Packaging's (San Jose, CA) 38-mm snap-on Clem 1 cap has a patented horizontal pull tab suitable for dairy and juice beverage bottlers. The horizontal tear strip on the injection-molded LDPE cap's base provides effective external tamper evidence for consumers.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Heimann Systems Corp. (Morristown, NJ) has created a product inspection div. to manufacture and market x-ray systems for food and related industries.
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What's critical in project documentation?

Documentation was easily the most valued service for turnkey providers. Here's what a variety of engineers seek at the end of projects.
Controls Product Brief
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Pharmaceutical labeler

Labeling equipment by Newman (Belle Mead, NJ) provides pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packagers with complete installation qualification and operational qualification documentation to meet fast-to-market production objectives.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

CCL Container's Advanced Monobloc Aerosol Div. (Hermitage, PA) has fulfilled requirements to be a certified provider of extruded aluminum cans for Redken Laboratories.
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Meat regs questioned

Requiring all beef and lamb sold in the U.S. be labeled "U.S.", "Imported", or "Blended with Imported" as mandated in the 1998 Agriculture Appropriations bill pending in Congress would cost the government $60 million to enforce and could hurt U.S.
Controls Product Brief
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Packaging Systems Automation, Inc: Stainless chain transfer

For washdown applications, a new stain-less-steel powered chain transfer can be installed in-line on most conveyors. From Pack-aging Sys-tems Auto-mation (Ply-mouth, MN), the device mounts to either an existing conveyor drive or idler.
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.
Like Hewlett-Packard, whose jobs web site is shown here, more and more firms are relying on the Internet to attract people to pa
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How to find the best new hires in packaging

In today's tight labor market, companies are implementing a variety of strategies-some new, some tried and true-to attract the best talent to their packaging functions.

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