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Europack USA: Europack USA: Bundle wrapper

New from GEI Intl. (Exton, PA) is the Europack Tight Wrapper. Compared to competitive models, its angled sealing jaw seals bundles 11/2" closer on each side, thus saving 3" of film per bundle.
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Materials Product Brief
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NDC Infrared Eng.: Film gauging system

Pro.Net PC-based controller monitors and controls film and sheet thickness using the TCP/IP networking protocol and Java programming language. The controller comes from NDC Infrared Eng.
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MAP pack for fresh red meat and sauce

The Tesco chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom is testing a new twist on fresh red meat in modified-atmosphere packs. It's a line of refrigerated "pan fry or grill" cuts, including pork, beef and lamb, that come with a complementary sauce.
The package for Oral-B Laboratories? new CrossAction toothbrush (above) is as interesting as the product inside. It?s probably t
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Technology 'inches' forward at Oral-B

Oral-B concludes three-year project to develop new brush and creative preprinted package structure. Inks, thermoforming, materials handling, package closing systems all gain in new developments.
Materials Product Brief
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Packaging Machines International: Shrink wrapper

The BL-80 from Packaging Machines Intl. (Elk Grove Village, IL) is a continuous-motion shrink wrapper that produces a bottom lap seal on sleeve-wrapped trays.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

ITW Auto-Sleeve (Twinsburg, OH) has signed a "Technology Agreement" with PDC Europe (Montdidier, France), enabling Auto-Sleeve stretch labels to be applied by PDC Europe's new high-speed labelers.
Materials Product Brief
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Cryovac: Cryovac: Thin shrink film

Cryovac Div., Sealed Air Corp. (Duncan, SC) has introduced LD Thin Film, a thin shrink film. This multi-layer, coextruded, cross-linked polyolefin film is sealed by impulse, constant heat or electrostatic techniques.
Machine Product Brief
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Oystar Jones: Horizontal cartoner

Operating at speeds to 200 cartons/min, the Hunter horizontal cartoner is new from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH). The rotary carton feeder permits 20-min changeover, with minimal tools.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

MG America (Fairfield, NJ) has signed an agreement to exclusively distribute a complete line of high-speed filling, stoppering and capping machines from M.A.R.
Four crates are filled with each cycle of this machine. Each gripper aligns its bottle so that when bottles land in the crate, l
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
Materials Product Brief
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Lantech Inc: Palletizer/stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Q-Pal integrates palletizing and stretchwrapping operations into one machine with a footprint as small as 297 sq'.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Packaging Products Corp. (Mission, KS) has announced the pending acquistions of Flex-Pak, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA) and Atlanta Film Converting Co.
Materials Product Brief
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Garvey Corporation: Unwrapping system

An automatic shrink film unwrapper from Garvey (Blue Anchor, NJ) cuts film, strips it and delivers product onto a conveyor or accumulator. The machine unwraps bundles of vials from 20mL to 100mL at rates of 4 bundles/min, handling 20mL vials in 300-vial bundles at speeds to 1겨 vials/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Palletizing robot

Soco System's (Waukesha, WI) Pallet Robot has a manifold design that eliminates fragile tubes and fittings. The plate on which the head's vacuum pads are mounted is made as a "sandwich" construction where air is in the plate.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

FMC FoodTech's(Homer City, PA) Food Systems and Handling Div. has entered into an agreement with Yamato Scale Co. (Akashi, Japan) to distribute Yamato's Dataweigh Sigma series computer combination weigh scales in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
After caps are applied, jars pass through an induction sealer (left) that secures a foil liner to the 63-mm finish. The clos
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Seneca sets its sights on plastic

Seneca Foods was among the first to convert from glass to hot-fillable plastic jars for applesauce. Now it fills both glass and plastic containers on essentially the same line.
Materials Product Brief
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Polypack Inc: Polypack Inc: Shrink bundling system

The ROKH(TM) multi-packaging system from Polypack (Pinellas Park, FL) picks product from a conveyor and places it on PE or PVC film for shrink wrapping.

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