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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.
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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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Bottled water labeling?

Americans are drinking more bottled water, many believing it to be more healthful, but they may be missing out on the fluoride needed to combat tooth decay, warns the Chicago Dental Society.
Downsizing of packaging departments in the past few years is creating a shortage of packaging professionals ?with a good history
Supplier News
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Packagers struggle with staffing

Manufacturers in virtually every industry-including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and even electronics-report that it's getting harder and harder to find and keep good packaging people.
Glaxo Wellcome keeps packaging engineers like Melissa Bonner (far left) invested in their jobs by asking them to participate in
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Keep work interesting, and they'll stay

To keep good packaging professionals, say the experts Packaging World talked to, challenge them with interesting work. Let them be creative, autonomous, even entrepreneurial.
Machine Product Brief
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Fernqvist Labeling Solutions: Label printer

FLS Ovation 2 from Fernqvist Labeling Solutions (Mountain View, CA) is a high-quality, compact and economical label printer available as direct thermal or as optional thermal transfer.
Materials Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Bagging system

The Sprint bagging system from Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) provides bags with reclosable zippers, adhesive closures, reinforced headers that allow bags to hold relatively heavy products, and extra large openings for automatic or manual filling of several pieces at once.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

CCL Label (Rosemont, IL) has broken ground on a new p-s label converting facility in Charlotte, NC. Operational by the end of the year, the new facility will consolidate operations of CCL's Cincinnati, OH, and Charlotte, NC, plants.
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.
These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.
Machine Product Brief
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Partition inserter

New partition inserter from R.A. Pearson Co. (Spokane, WA), was developed to accept a multitude of partition styles, making it suitable for a variety of case packing applications.
Machine Product Brief
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Schroeder Machines: Case packer

The Quadnumatic® Model 2500 case packer from Schroeder (E. Syracuse, NY) automatically collates products and loads and seals cases at speeds to 12/min.
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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.
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Pack Expo week is a machinery extravaganza and more

Swirling around Pack Expo 98 are seminars and technical conferences that round out the Pack Expo experience. Robotics.
With Fox 40?s new blister pack (above), four ?posts? in the blister protrude through holes in the card. The posts are then crush
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Blisters clear enviro-hurdles

Fox 40's mechanically bonded blister packs retain the clarity of a clear blister while complying with European recycling mandates. Card costs drop 20%, and new machine boosts productivity by 50% while halving labor.
Machine Product Brief
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BluePrint Automation: Case packer

BluePrint Automation's (Colonial Heights, VA) robotic case packer, the "Swing Machine," packs bags or cartons-vertically or horizontally, standing up or lying down-at speeds up to 50 picks/min.
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.

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