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Hand-load cartoner

Adco's (Sanger, CA) new hand-load cartoner is designed to erect, close and seal cartons containing stacks of paper or other flat stackable items at speeds to 30 cartons/min.
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Print/apply labeler

Equipped with a heavy-duty motor, the V3 print/apply labeler from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is an all-in-one system. It combines a microprocessor-controlled p-s labeling head with an in-line thermal printer.
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Monoblock machine

The K1W fill/plug/cap machine from Korab Eng. (Los Angeles, CA) has been designed for applications using small bottles, such as nail polish. It can reach speeds to 100 bottles/min.
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Country of origin

Congress is getting into the act over whether or not to require country-of-origin labeling on packaging. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA) introduced a bill mandating country of origin labeling for produce at the retail level, while Sen.
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm (sidebar)

JIT comes to Brazil
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Metal detector

A new second-generation variable frequency metal detector from Graseby Goring Kerr (Amherst, NY) can be used to inspect fresh or frozen products with either metallized or non-metallized films on the same production line.
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Capper/uncapper

Sure Torque (Bradenton, FL) has introduced a laboratory-quality table-top capper/uncapper for the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. It's accurate to 0.5 in-lb and uses sealed motors and clutches for cleanliness.
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Breathable can for Gloria Jean's coffees

For gift packs, Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees of Castroville, CA, has switched from steel cans containing 1.75 oz of ground coffee to 4-oz foil/paperboard canisters.
Semi-automatic capping (above) helps Nakano Foods keep capital costs down as it gauges demand for new products like its Mitsukan
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Flexible filling for salad dressings

Japanese food company Nakano Foods tests U.S. demand for its salad dressings with a flexible moderate-volume filling line.
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Shrink wrap system

Associated Bag (Milwaukee, WI) offers a manually operated portable shrink wrapping system that plugs into standard 110v outlets. It includes a bar sealer/film dispenser, two-speed heat gun and PVC film in 22" x 100' rolls.
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High-speed bagging

The UltraStar XLT high-speed bagging system from Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN) uses a PC to interface with the Bemis Smart Distributed System for increased control.
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Dairy, juice products come up short

U.S. packagers of fluid milk, juice, yogurt and cottage cheese can expect more unannounced inspections from federal and state agencies seeking underfilled products.
Labeled bottles travel through this 0;bridge? between the molding plant and the bottling operation on what may be the longest a
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
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Labeling adhesive

Designed to accommodate a range of label stocks, substrates, processing and end uses, National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) has introduced a new hot melt adhesive.
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Flow wrapper for heat- or cold-sealable films

The Pack 300 from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a new servo-driven system for flow wrapping products in heat- or cold-sealable films. Operating at speeds of 300+ packages/min, depending on product and packaging material, the Pack 300 is suitable for multi-shift, non-stop production.
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Pouch brings fruit smoothies to the supermarket

Houston-based Tropeak® is banking on a stand-up pouch with zipper reclosure to make Smoothy fruit drinks an everyday beverage in homes across America.
A printed label held by a vacuum grid awaits an oncoming case (right). After the front portion is applied, the side is brushed d
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Two panels for the cost of one

Private-label manufacturer Nakano Foods applies corner-wrap bar-code labels at upwards of 20 cases/min to satisfy customer requests for adjacent panel labeling.
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Intermediate bulk container

Greif Bros. (Deleware, OH) has a new modular 275-gal IBC suitable for bulk liquids. Measuring 39.37" W, 47.25" L and 49.60" H, the IBC comprises a blow-molded HDPE bottle, wire mesh cage and an attached wooden pallet.

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