Machinery

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FANUC Robotics: Washdown robot

FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
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New computer hardware and software helps Pharmacia & Upjohn coordinate product changeovers. This screen illustrates some of the
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Small changes deliver big-time for Pharmacia & Upjohn

Pharmaceutical firm saves $650ꯠ/yr at its Kalamazoo, MI, packaging facility by implementing simple, yet cost-effective quick-changeover procedures on 30 packaging lines.
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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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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

SRC Vision (Medford, OR) has signed a representation agreement with FMC Corp., Food Systems and Handling Div. (Homer City, PA). The business relationship provides for FMC to represent SRC's line of machine vision systems to the food industry.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Krones, Inc. (Franklin, WI): John Matusinec, turnkey/systems sales group mgr.; Dan Schauer, labeler sales supervisor.
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Jalapenos 'wheel' to market in new jar

New barrier plastic jug offers convenience, safety and disposal improvements.
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Codex divided on biotech labeling

The Codex Committee on Food Labeling appears divided over which biotech food labeling recommendations to adopt. It is choosing whether to emulate the U.S.
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Country-of-origin labeling won't address food safety, Congress told

In response to a recent rash of foodborne illness, one of the issues being studied by a congressional committee are the merits of additional country-of-origin labeling on imported food products.
Induction sealing is greatly improved at Algood since new equipment (below left) was installed. The PET containers filled at t
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Algood looks good with new sealers

Outdated induction sealing systems were driving production line workers nuts at this peanut butter manufacturer. New equipment reduces downtime, raises productivity.
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New label takes bottle from nostalgic to novel

Briar's U.S.A., the South Brunswick, NJ-based maker of old-fashioned, alternative sodas, has given its 12-oz glass bottle a contemporary makeover with a label redesign.
Parts room manager Jim Ryder uses a parts pick list to gather a starwheel for a rotary labeler for a Line 24 changeover
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Small changes deliver big-time for Pharmacia & Upjohn

Parts organization speeds changeovers
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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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Metric-only labeling delayed

A "significant breakthrough" has been reported in negotiations between the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Commission to delay implementation of Metric 2000, a European directive requiring metric-only labeling on products sold in Europe by the year 2000.
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.
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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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FlexLink Systems, Inc: Conveyor

The FlexLink XB conveyor from FlexLink Systems (Bethlehem, PA) is designed to transport bulky or soft, pliable prepacked products that require the stability of a wide chain.

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