Machinery

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Webtron/Aquaflex: Quick-changeover press

Changeovers involving as many as six color stations and two die-cutting stations are possible in 10 min, says Webtron/Aquaflex (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), with the InstaPrep printer.
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Poultry labeling

USDA has expanded its so-called "70-30 rule" for meat labeling to apply to poultry, as well. That means no label changes are necessary when two types of poultry ingredients are present in processed foods in slightly varying amounts.
Machine Product Brief
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K&R Equipment, Inc: Case erector/bag inserter

K&R Equipment (San Jose, CA) has introduced a new case erector/plastic bag insertion system designed to operate at the beginning of a bulk packaging line.
Controls Product Brief
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Cloud Packaging Equipment: Pouching system

FlexWorks(TM) is a high-speed, continuous-motion pouching system from Cloud Corp. (Des Plaines, IL). It handles most heat-sealable laminates and coextru-sions, including biaxially oriented nylons, polyesters and structured PPs, foils, cellophanes and paper.
Machine Product Brief
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Web Systems, Inc: Chill-roll system

The Ion Storm 200 electrostatic chill-roll tacking system from Web Systems (Boulder, CO) aims to increase productivity for film extruding, converting and printing applications.
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Henney to head FDA

Dr. Jane E. Henney, vice president for health sciences at the University of New Mexico, has been nominated as the new commissioner of the FDA, succeeding her former boss Dr.
Machine Product Brief
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Markem-Imaje: Label printer/applicator

Cimjet 331 is Markem's (Keene, NH) newest digital bar-code label printer/applicator. Using air-jet technology, it employs a unique diffuser to evenly distribute pressure over the label surface.
Materials Product Brief
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National Adhesives: National Adhesives: P-s adhesive

National Starch & Chemical's (Bridgewater, NJ) NACOR® 8683 water-borne acrylic p-s adhesive provides aggressive tack and optical clarity for clear film overlaminating and labeling applications.
Feature Article
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Kraft Foods 'hedges' for cost consistency

Food processor broadens cost-control strategy from ingredients into packaging materials thanks to new 'intermediaries.' Commodity-type contracts provide insurance against material price run-ups.
Controls Product Brief
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Elsner Eng. Works: Rewinding/overwrapping line

Elsner Eng. Works (Hanover, PA) has redesigned its HS-800/OWH-800 rewinding and overwrapping production line. Designed for gift wrap, tissue, kraft paper and selected films, the rewinder can be used for core, coreless or sheet-stiffened rewinding.
Machine Product Brief
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FOX IV Technologies: Label printer/applicators

The 8041 label printer/applicators from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) are PLC-based for easy integration and operation. They print and apply labels up to 4.65" x 14" at speeds to 10"/sec.
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Best of Brand Design honored

Sponsored by the newly renamed Brand Design Assn., the 1998 Gold Awards competition honored outstanding package design from around the world.
Machine Product Brief
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: In-line capper

U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has introduced an in-line capper that can be mounted over the filler discharge star. This allows full control of the bottle and provides proper bottle spacing for the cap pick-off device.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Greif Bros. Corp. (Delaware, OH) and RDJ Holdings (Massilon, OH) have agreed to form a joint venture to operate the sheet feeder plants of Michigan Packaging Corp.
Materials Product Brief
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Induction sealer

The new Auto Jr. from Enercon Industries (Menomonee Falls, WI) is a semi-automatic induction sealer suitable for low-volume or test-facility applications.
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Supplier news: International agreements

MG America (Fairfield, NJ) has been named exclusive agent for Anritsu (Pine Brook, NJ) capsule checkweighers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
Controls Product Brief
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Force Control Industries, Inc: Indexing drives

Series II CLPC(TM) indexing drives are inexpensive, high-performance alternatives to servo motors in single- and multi-revolution indexing applications requiring high cycle rates or high torque with precise stopping accuracy.
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Are packagers ready to invest in metal's best and brightest?

Packaging managers looking for innovations can be forgiven for focusing most of their attention on the flexible packaging and rigid plastic container fields.

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