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Paper companies wax eloquent about wax separation process (sidebar)

'Reverse-cleaning' separates wax from fiber
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Materials Product Brief
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Tube filler/closer

Modular King Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the Kugler K30-7 tube filler and closer. Designed with accuracy and repeatability in mind, it bottom-up fills laminate or metal tubes at speeds to 60/min.
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Neckhanger displays gum sample pack

Clearly Canadian and Warner-Lambert have teamed up in a joint sampling program to promote gum and sparkling water. Throughout the summer, three million 1-L polyethylene terephthalate bottles of Clearly Canadian's wild cherry-flavored sparkling water will have their necks adorned with a five-stick sample pack of cherry Trident gum from Morris Plains, NJ-based Warner-Lambert.
Feature Article
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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck

Packaging and printing operations may be significantly affected by EPA emissions limits on coatings and adhesives. Increased costs to control emissions could lead to higher prices.
Machine Product Brief
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Marsh Co.: Label printer/applicator

The L5000PA is a flexible, high-speed ink-jet printer/applicator from Marsh (Belleville, IL). It offers printing in resolutions of 203 or 305 dpi at speeds to 12"/sec.
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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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

FMC Corp., Converting Equipment Operations (Green Bay, WI): Peter Hatchell, North American business mgr.; Warren Burton, customer support mgr.
Controls Product Brief
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Belcor Industries Inc: Bag inserter

The BEL 451 semi-automatic bag inserter/case bottom taper from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) uses a vacuum process that draws a bag liner into position when placed in a case by an operator.
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Adhesives help Chelsea Milling stick to quality

Two hot melts and one cold-glue adhesive are instrumental in allowing this Michigan miller to package more than a million cartons every day. Bundling and tray packing have been upgraded, too, and ink-jet printing of corrugated shippers is a big improvement.
Machine Product Brief
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BWI Inex: Inspection system

BWI Inex Vision Systems' (Clearwater, FL) patented Prolaser non-contact dimensional gauging system automatically inspects glass and plastic containers.
Controls Product Brief
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: Windows capability for fillers

New weigh fillers from U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) now use an operator interface that operates with Windows(TM) 95 or Windows NT. Display and audio are available in five languages.
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: All-Fill Inc: Auger filler

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Servomotor Direct Drive Multi-Fill filling system provides fast, accurate multi-positioned dispensing of powders and viscous products.
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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck (sidebar)

OSHA complicates EPA compliance
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.
Feature Article
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Flexo savings are in the bag

Bake-Line Products lowers print and package development costs while shortening lead times by switching from gravure-printed pre-made bags to flexo-printed rollstock.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Aoki Laboratory America: Stretch/blow-molder

The SBIII-350LL-40 direct heat conditioning stretch/blow-molding machine from Aoki Laboratory America (Elk Grove Village, IL) produces narrow-necked, oval, round, square and cone-shaped bottles from PET, PE, PEN and PP resins.
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.

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