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The king of cups (sidebar)

Servo-driven accuracy for spices
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FDA Web updates

The Food and Drug Administration is making it easier to keep track of labeling changes for drugs by listing these changes on its MedWatch web site: http://www.
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Stainless steel dumper

Material Transfer & Storage (Allegan, MI) has introduced a hydraulically operated stainless steel drum dumper. It's designed to lift drums of powder or dry material and then rotate and pour drum contents into filling, food processing or other equipment.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA) opened a branch office in Querétaro, Mexico.
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Vacuum conveyor accessories

PIAB Material Handling (Rockland, MA) has introduced a line of accessories that is said to improve the hygienic properties of the PIAB vacuum conveyor.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

GEI Mateer Burt, Inc. (Wayne, PA) began manufacturing the PPM line of p-s labelers, which was formerly manufactured by GEI Ashford in the U.K.
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Plastic belt conveyor

The Model CCEZ is a horizontal plastic belt conveyor from Hytrol Conveyor (Jonesboro, AR) designed to accumulate packs of canned beverages in high-speed, high-volume environments.
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Blister thermoformer

The Bosch TLT 1400 is a new blister thermoforming system from TL Systems (Minneapolis, MN) that uses a PLC to control servo motors rather than a mechanical drive.
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam (sidebar)

Licking a condensation problem
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Blister forming/cartoning

The Compacker 1200-Pacliner 3000 (CP1200-P3000) from Klockner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) is designed for high-production blister packaging operations requiring no-tool changeover.
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Horizontal form/fill/seal system

The FBM 1 is a horizontal in-line rotary form/fill/seal system from Laudenberg/ Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL) that can produce pouches at speeds to 120/ min, or 240/min when using a duplex system.
Tom Connelly (above) stands on a catwalk over the discharge station of the #10 press as four-color process-printed watermelon bi
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Chairman of the printed board

Connelly Containers has what it believes is the largest flexo/folder/gluer/stitcher in the world. Four-color process printing can be done directly on triple-wall corrugated board.
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Multipack cartoner

Model TC-60ST multipack cartoner is an intermittent-motion cartoner from Tisma Machinery (Elk Grove Village, IL) designed for pouched, bagged, wrapped, cartoned and blister-packed products.
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Metallocene film

Union Camp (Wayne, NJ) is now offering metallocene LLDPE film converted into finished bags or rollstock. The metallocene film can be used for heavy-duty shipping sacks, form/fill/seal packaging or bags for frozen products.
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L-shaped accumulation table

Ambec (Owings Hills, MD) has introduced a new space-saving accumulation table. An L-shaped design allows a 10'-L bi-directional table to be located in spaces where available widths are only 5'.
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Iron supplement regs

An informative packet from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) is designed to help manufacturers of iron-containing supplements comply with the new FDA regulations that require unit-dose packaging to prevent accidental ingestion by children.
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Depalletizer

Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) new depalletizer uses soft start/soft stop motors for increased container stability and improved line efficiency.
Sleek, inverted PVC bottles (left) for private-label shampoos and moisturizers won the gold award. Silver went to a tube with a
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In the eye of the beholder

Good looks and marketing muscle characterize this year's cosmetics and personal care winners in NACD's annual packaging competition.

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