Machinery

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Folding carton board

Kraftpak® folding carton board from the Kraft Division of Westvaco (New York, NY) provides a uniform print surface for applications including retail and foodservice food and beverage cartons.
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Water bottle vends like a can

Lancaster, PA-based Cloister Spring Water recently introduced its new H2O Cool spring water as "the first, the only 12-oz PET bottle that vends like a can." This allows the bottle to be sold through vending machines designed for canned soft drinks.
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Rectangular Spam cans upgrade to BOPP labels

For those of us who can remember the 1950s, being "spammed" has taken on new meaning. This is not something that affects the twentysomething and younger crowd much.
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Bulk weigher/auger filler

AMS Filling Systems' (Malvern, PA) Model A-110-Lynx net weigher bulk-and-dribble auger filler fills powders and granular products as well as thin or viscous liquids, in weights from 1 oz to several hundred lb.
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NJM Packaging : Printer/applicator

NJM/CLI Packaging Systems (Lebanon, NH) has introduced the Model 400 Final Touch print-and-apply labeler. It uses an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix Series 1000 PLC and has a 6.25" tamp-pad range.
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Food innovations on display at U.K. show

Two notable packages uncovered at Pakex 98, held recently in Birmingham, England, both come from food marketers. One is for soup, the other for a product designed to look like Chinese take-out food.
Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
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Packing process grows on Teixeira Farms

California produce grower lengthens lettuce shelf life and saves material costs by switching from waxed cases to a bag-in-box configuration.
Machine Product Brief
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Bar-code printer

Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA) offers the Solus® desktop bar-code label printer in direct-thermal or thermal-transfer models. Solus printers can print bar codes, labels and tags at 3"/sec, at a 203-dpi resolution.
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Checkweigher keeps hobbyists happy

People who assemble plastic scale models as a hobby are not amused when the Titanic they brought home is missing a smokestack, or their Mustang GT has only three wheels.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Slautterback (Monterey, CA): Bob Gragg, market group mgr., graphic arts & converting; Jim Kelley, market mgr., graphic arts & converting.
A pallet load of Canadian Club rides along a roller conveyor towards stretch wrapping. Palletization and stretch wrapping tasks
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Conveyors bridge the gap for Hiram Walker

Conveyors carry cases of glass-bottled spirits over a bridge for palletization and stretch wrapping. That saves this Canadian distiller more than $500ꯠ per year.
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All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: Vertical sealing system

Model VCBS-1/4T-6"x5' continuous band sealer is from All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY). It has a lower-speed conveyor to accommodate light to heavy-duty applications.
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Lozenges are blister-packed, flow-wrapped

Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.
Frozen soup is stored in this walk-in freezer until a frozen food distributor picks it up for delivery to supermarkets
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Tabletop filler boosts soups

Since a tabletop filler was installed last December, restaurant Barnum & Bagel is enjoying solid growth in supermarket sales of its frozen soups in PP tubs and lids
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Modular inspection system

New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) has developed a modular inspection system designed to handle a range of functions-from simple detection of missing cap liners to the full-scale, 100% inspection of capping.
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ID Technology: Ink-jet system with reject station

I.D. Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) has designed a custom high-resolution ink-jet coding system that prints, scans and verifies bar codes on two sides of a case or carton.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has acquired four French converting operations and a paper mill from La Rochette Group (Paris, France).

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