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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Dunsirn Industries' (Neenah, WI) fourth U.S. web materials converting facility began processing orders from its new 90ꯠ sq' facility in Reno, NV, in early May.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices

Agency specifies explicit warning statement for juices that aren't pasteurized. But NFPA wanted more.
Machine Product Brief
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MRM/Elgin Corp.: Capper

MRM Elgin's (Menomonie, WI) Versa-Cap capper applies plastic or metal continuous-thread caps onto plastic, metal or glass containers at speeds to 240 caps/min, depending on cap and bottle size, material and spacing.
Controls Product Brief
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thermoformers

The multi-purpose thermoformer from Rigo (Milan, Italy) can produce blisters, covers, plates and trays. Both negative and positive molds can be used.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI); Tharco (San Lorenzo, CA); Scapa Tapes North America (Windsor, CT); Hi-Speed Checkweigher, Inc.
Currently the packaging operation at Hemosol is done manually, but plans call for more automation once Hemolink goes commercial
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Longer life for life-saving blood product

SiOX-coated film delivers the barrier properties required for this human blood substitute product. Film clarity lets clinicians perform important visual inspection.
Controls Product Brief
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KISS Packaging Systems a div. of the Frain Group: Volumetric pail filler

KISS Packaging System's (LaPorte, IN) stainless-steel semi-automatic positive- displacement filler accurately fills water-thin to high-viscosity products drip- free, says KISS.
Controls Product Brief
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Terco, Inc: Rotary filler

The Multi-Station Rotary (MSR) filler from the Liquid Filling Div. of Terco (Bloomingdale, IL) incorporates the benefits of continuous motion in a variable-speed base for smooth container handling and reduced footprint.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rockwell Automation (Minneapolis, MN) and Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) announced they have entered into a letter of intent to form a global relationship.
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Integrated manufacturing is the island way

Management at this start-up water marketer decides that the only way to assure bottle availability and top quality is to blow its own PET bottles in-line with its brand new filling line.
Materials Product Brief
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Klockner Pentaplast: In-line labeling film

Machine-direction-oriented (MDO) thin film for p-s labels in thicknesses from 2 to 4 mils is now manufactured in-line by Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA).
Materials Product Brief
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EDL Packaging Engineers, Inc: Shrink-wrapping bagging system

The EDL System 3000 high-speed shrink wrapping and bagging system from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) wraps at speeds to 60 packs/min. It's designed for "optimum tightness" using high-clarity PE or polyolefin shrink film and uses a four-sided sealing mechanism to offer a total enclosed pack.
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Labeling uniformity bill introduced

The "National Uniformity for Food Act of 1998," designed to ensure consistent food labeling requirements, has been introduced in both the House and Senate.
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FDA to streamline dietary supplement labels (sidebar)

FDA 'dumps' laxative package
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What packagers want in turnkey projects

Exclusive survey of medium to large manufacturers reveals the services they want-and need. Documentation, engineering design and electrical engineering are the main areas of assistance required.
Materials Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Single-file air conveyor

The Can Jet air conveyor from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) uses a powered-rotator device for the precise orientation of cans for downstream processes.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Heat and Control's (Hayward, CA) new Packaging Demonstration Center in Hayward, CA, is open for product testing. It features multihead weighers, checkweighers and a complete line of product distribution and feed conveyors.
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Caito says, 'We'll do it ourselves'

This Indianapolis produce wholesaler is breaking into a whole new market segment as it brings its 12-oz Fresh Line fruit bowls to supermarket produce departments in the Midwest.

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