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Europack USA: Europack USA: Bundle wrapper

New from GEI Intl. (Exton, PA) is the Europack Tight Wrapper. Compared to competitive models, its angled sealing jaw seals bundles 11/2" closer on each side, thus saving 3" of film per bundle.
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NDC Infrared Eng.: Film gauging system

Pro.Net PC-based controller monitors and controls film and sheet thickness using the TCP/IP networking protocol and Java programming language. The controller comes from NDC Infrared Eng.
Once wrapped and sealed, individual pieces of Creme  Savers are discharged onto a takeaway conveyor
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'Servo-ing' up new generation Lifesavers

High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.
Materials Product Brief
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Focus Automation Systems, Inc: Web inspection system

Focus Automation Systems (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) introduces an unpatterned web monitoring system that detects, classifies and visualizes defects.
Controls Product Brief
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Lantech Inc: Stretch wrapper

The Q-300XT from Lantech (Louisville, KY) is a stretch wrapping system designed to eliminate operator "run around." The system's Simple Automation(TM) automatically attaches and cuts the film, allowing the forklift operator to position the load on the turn-table, start the machine and drive away, without leaving the fork truck.
Kettle Foods wanted to keep the paper look of their previous bags but put in a window so customers could see the tortilla chips
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Innovative applications bag awards

Flexible bags protect bone-in meat products, provide a barrier for respiring cheese, and allow high-altitude shipping of tortilla chips. All three earn awards from the Flexible Packaging Assn.
Materials Product Brief
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Cloud Packaging Equipment: Pouch filler

Cloud's (Des Plaines, IL) high-speed asymmetrical continuous-motion pouch filler provides dual fills of significantly different package volume requirements.
Materials Product Brief
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Vertical f/f/s

The servo-driven Robag® 2C vf/f/s machine from TNA (Williamsport, PA) features a rotary design that accommodates unlimited bag lengths and bag widths of 23/4" to 121/2".
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Putting 'smart systems' to work (sidebar)

When less is really more
Machine Product Brief
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Avery Dennison Retail Information Systems (Printer Div.): Label applicator

Avery Dennison's (Philadelphia, PA) TTX tamp-on label applicator is available as an attachment to the manufacturer's TTX line of direct thermal/thermal-transfer printers.
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'Sweetness' to deliver keynote address at CMM

NFL football legend and former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton will deliver the keynote address at CMM International on Tuesday, April 13, at 9:00 a.m.
Flexible packs of chlorine shock treatment products for swimming pools maintain child-resistance while offering users an easy-op
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Olin notches easy opening for flexible packs

A small notch makes it easier for consumers to open Olin Pool Products' child-resistant, single-use, flexible packs of chlorine shock treatment products for swimming pools.
Materials Product Brief
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RKB Opto-Electronics, Inc: Splice detector

Model 1032 splice detector from RKB Opto-Electronics (Syracuse, NY) is a capacitance-based unit that detects sudden changes in web material thickness due to splices, tears or web breaks.
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Ground beef labeling

Packages of ground beef at two leading supermarket chains, Wegman's Food Markets of Rochester, NY, and Giant Food Inc. of metropolitan Washington, DC, now sport a bright, new red and yellow label advising consumers to cook the meat to a temperature of 160°F.
New packs of Heath?s bird suet (above) offer consumers easy opening. At retail, they can stand on the shelf, offer appealing gra
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Flexible materials earn Green Globe Award

Heath Manufacturing wins a Green Globe Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn. for a bird suet cake package that uses less material than its predecessor. New equipment increases productivity while saving labor costs.
Materials Product Brief
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National Adhesives: Emulsion adhesive

Core-Tite® 32-1309 emulsion adhesive, from National Starch and Chemical Co. (Bridgewater, NJ), provides strong wet tack, versatility and adhesion to board stocks with surfaces that typically present difficulty for conventional glue.
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FDA cuts deal on functional foods

After months of discussion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reached an agreement with Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Products to bring the company's cholesterol-reducing margarine, Benecol, to market as a conventional food rather than as a dietary supplement.
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Flexible pack zips to market

A flexible bag with a transverse zipper provides consumers with 'pour-and-store' convenience for Birds Eye-brand frozen chicken-based meals.

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