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Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
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Vacuum de-aerator

Model 720/730 horizonal de-aerator can increase the bulk density of fluidized powders up to 200%, says manufacturer B.A.G. (Dallas, TX). This helps to reduce freight costs while improving product stability during transit.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
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Printing on corrugated

Signet's (Costa Mesa, CA) XLS flexo printing press can print on knocked-down corrugated cases, trays and flat sheets at speeds to 120/min. A ceramic anilox roll, improved doctor blade metering system, and a new inking system are said to produce higher-quality printing than previous models.
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'Open wide!' Down the hatch go GMPs for dietary supplements (sidebar)

Writing on the wall for dietary supplement labels
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Label-Aire: Pallet labeler

A dual-label, two-panel pallet labeler is now available from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA). It's capable of applying two adjacent corner labels (measuring up to 3" W x 5.8" L) on the trailing corner of a moving pallet using only one applicator.
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Hot melt applicator

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) will display its newest hot melt adhesive applicator at Pack Expo West. The KH100 High Output Melt Unit can operate up to six heads and is supported by a complete range of pattern control accessories.
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Dietary supplement labeling moves forward

Health claims on dietary supplement labels should continue to be approved the same way as for conventional foods, according to a draft report issued by the President's Commission on dietary supplement labeling.
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Trimming lawn trimmer line costs

This past spring, Frigidaire Home Products, formerly Poulan/Weed Eater, began selling its lawn trimmer replacement line in a two-piece clamshell of polyvinyl chloride that provides several advantages to both Frigidaire and consumers.
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Slip/tie sheet dispenser

The Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) Model 1098D dual hopper/sheet dispenser is designed to handle both slip and tie sheets simultaneously. It can be installed on existing palletizers and robots, or as a stand-alone unit.
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Shaft gear motors

New single-phase parallel shaft gear motors offer higher horsepower and torque ratings than previous versions, says manufacturer Baldor Electric (Ft.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rovema, L.P. (Lawrenceville, GA) has a new supplier agreement with Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) for Allen-Bradley automation products on its vf/f/s machines.
On the reheat stretch/blow-molding machine on which PSM?s cryogenically cooled bottles are blown, mandrel-mounted preforms are c
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Cryogenic cooling of heat-set PET awaits patents

The technology's not commercial yet, and it certainly has its skeptics. Test results show that thermal and barrier properties are enhanced significantly by blowing PET into heated molds and cooling with LN2 delivered by a unique new system.
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Adhesive applicator

The Scotch ATG 700 Adhesive Applicator from 3M Industrial Tape and Specialties Div. (St. Paul, MN) is easier to load and holds up to 60 yds more tape than its predecessor, the 752.
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Carton sealing

The D4140ABF Safety Soft Touch is a new carton sealing tape dispenser from Nifty Products (Old Bridge, NJ). This hand-held dispenser uses a retractable blade that is only exposed when the wipe-down flap is pushed back.
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Alcohol content

A new California labeling law for alcoholic beverages requires all beverages containing more than 5.7% alcohol by volume to declare that content on the label.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.

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