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Milltronics Inc: Weighfeeders

Milltronics' (Arlington, TX) AutoWeigh weighfeeders have feed-rate capabilities from less than 100 lbs/hr to well over 800 tons/hr. Options include a range of enclosures, clean-out systems, and food grade/wash-down duty stainless-steel versions.
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USDA hints at scrapping prior label approval

The U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture may be moving toward turning over all labeling responsibilities to industry and ending its prior label approval program.
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Looking for a packaging edge? Explore technology's promises

If you're looking for an edge--and who isn't?--there's a wealth of emerging technology available today that can help: (1) improve the quality of your product; (2) heighten your packaging line productivity; (3) reduce your packaging costs; and (4) improve your product sales/profitability.
Materials Product Brief
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Krones, Inc: Bulk outsert feeder/applicator

Krones' (Franklin, WI) Bulk Outsert Feeder/Applicator works in combination with Krones' rotary labelers to apply outserts used in pharmaceuticals, health and beauty, gardening and other applications.
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AET Films unveils10-meter-wide line

In March, AET Films' Terre Haute, IN, plant started production on Tenter III, a 10-meter-wide cast film extrusion line that's capable of producing 50 million lb/yr of 10-m-wide, biaxially oriented polypropylene film.
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Lakeport likes can filling flexibility

This Ontario brewer designed a can filling line that accepts sizes from 8 to 32 oz. Secondary packaging can be corrugated trays, paperboard or plastic ring carriers.
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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Brenton Eng. (Alexandria, MN) has added the Roberts line of cartoners to its current line of case packaging machinery.
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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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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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Drug labeling for the elderly

The Alliance for Aging Research, an umbrella organization for geriatrics-related study groups, has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services develop a list of medications that are "potentially inappropriate for use in older persons" and another "red alert" list of medications that rarely, if ever, should be used with the elderly.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (Thorofare, NJ): Thomas B. Upshur, senior dir., radio frequency identification (RFID) marketing and product management.
Machine Product Brief
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Comstar: Thermal-transfer printer

The new PrintPRO(TM) Sonic(TM) thermal-transfer imprinter from Comstar Printing Solutions (Streetsboro, OH) works in-line with f/f/s baggers to print bar codes, text and graphics on packaging material at 60 to 120 packs/min on medium-sized bags; up to 200/min on smaller bags.
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Associations honor converters

Golden, CO-based Graphic Packaging Corp. won three Excellence Awards from the Paperboard Packaging Council (Alexandria, VA) for folding cartons, all made using the company's Composipac(TM) converting process.
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Tiger thermoforms paper/plastic structure for cheese

Swiss company is believed first to use cellulose in a thermoform/fill/seal package for shelf-stable packs of cheese. The 20-g packs of cheese were introduced in the U.S. in June.
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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) and Universal Technology (Pittsburgh, PA) have agreed to a joint venture to create Hoppmann Robotics, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA), a robotics integrator specializing in flexible feeding and packaging applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Eastman Chemical Company: Eastman Chemical Company: Cosmetics jars

Colt's (Daysville, Conn.) has expanded its packaging line with new cosmetics jars suitable for makeup, loose powders, creams, face treatments and bath and body products.

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