Machinery

Materials Product Brief
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Tube filler/closer

Modular King Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the Kugler K30-7 tube filler and closer. Designed with accuracy and repeatability in mind, it bottom-up fills laminate or metal tubes at speeds to 60/min.
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Tray packer shrinks changeover time

Tray packing/shrink wrapping line for canned vegetables provides 55-tray/min speeds along with fast, no-tool changeover for Furman Foods.
Controls Product Brief
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Elsner Eng. Works: Rewinding/overwrapping line

Elsner Eng. Works (Hanover, PA) has redesigned its HS-800/OWH-800 rewinding and overwrapping production line. Designed for gift wrap, tissue, kraft paper and selected films, the rewinder can be used for core, coreless or sheet-stiffened rewinding.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Novapak Corp. (Eatontown, NJ) has introduced PET stretch/blow-molding capability to its Paris, IL, operation and boosted capacity of injection-molded PET preforms by 33%.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Brenton Eng. (Alexandria, MN) has added the Roberts line of cartoners to its current line of case packaging machinery.
Machine Product Brief
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Marsh Co.: Label printer/applicator

The L5000PA is a flexible, high-speed ink-jet printer/applicator from Marsh (Belleville, IL). It offers printing in resolutions of 203 or 305 dpi at speeds to 12"/sec.
Controls Product Brief
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: Windows capability for fillers

New weigh fillers from U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) now use an operator interface that operates with Windows(TM) 95 or Windows NT. Display and audio are available in five languages.
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Lakeport likes can filling flexibility

This Ontario brewer designed a can filling line that accepts sizes from 8 to 32 oz. Secondary packaging can be corrugated trays, paperboard or plastic ring carriers.
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Tiger thermoforms paper/plastic structure for cheese

Swiss company is believed first to use cellulose in a thermoform/fill/seal package for shelf-stable packs of cheese. The 20-g packs of cheese were introduced in the U.S. in June.
Materials Product Brief
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Aoki Laboratory America: Stretch/blow-molder

The SBIII-350LL-40 direct heat conditioning stretch/blow-molding machine from Aoki Laboratory America (Elk Grove Village, IL) produces narrow-necked, oval, round, square and cone-shaped bottles from PET, PE, PEN and PP resins.
Machine Product Brief
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Packard Inc: Intermittent-motion cartoners

The 9000 Series of intermittent-motion cartoners from Packard (Prospect, CT) are designed for heavy-duty, continual use. They can reach speeds of up to 53 cartons/min, depending on size and tuck configuration.
Machine Product Brief
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K&R Equipment, Inc: Case erector/bag inserter

K&R Equipment (San Jose, CA) has introduced a new case erector/plastic bag insertion system designed to operate at the beginning of a bulk packaging line.
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Looking for a packaging edge? Explore technology's promises

If you're looking for an edge--and who isn't?--there's a wealth of emerging technology available today that can help: (1) improve the quality of your product; (2) heighten your packaging line productivity; (3) reduce your packaging costs; and (4) improve your product sales/profitability.
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Flexo savings are in the bag

Bake-Line Products lowers print and package development costs while shortening lead times by switching from gravure-printed pre-made bags to flexo-printed rollstock.
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Packagers predict future trends

Consolidation/globalization, the shift to flexibles and system speed/automation top a list of emerging trends cited by packagers, according to new PMMI research.
News
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Neckhanger displays gum sample pack

Clearly Canadian and Warner-Lambert have teamed up in a joint sampling program to promote gum and sparkling water. Throughout the summer, three million 1-L polyethylene terephthalate bottles of Clearly Canadian's wild cherry-flavored sparkling water will have their necks adorned with a five-stick sample pack of cherry Trident gum from Morris Plains, NJ-based Warner-Lambert.
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Clarification

In our story "Quaker makes waves in cereal market" (see PW, June '98, p. 41), we reported that the contract packer used a Laudenberg machine to make, fill and seal Quaker Oats' 100% Natural Granola cereal in stand-up, resealable pouches.
Machine Product Brief
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Comstar: Thermal-transfer printer

The new PrintPRO(TM) Sonic(TM) thermal-transfer imprinter from Comstar Printing Solutions (Streetsboro, OH) works in-line with f/f/s baggers to print bar codes, text and graphics on packaging material at 60 to 120 packs/min on medium-sized bags; up to 200/min on smaller bags.

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