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Vertical form/fill/seal

Packaging Automation (Eagan, MN) has introduced the PAC 2020, an economic vertical form/fill/seal machine designed to accommodate a range of bag sizes and materials.
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Reforming FDA

Congress has picked up the pace on FDA reform, with legislation moving in both the House and Senate. Strongly backed by food manufacturers is language in the Senate bill providing that health claims on food labels would be presumed to be authorized if the claim is based on, and consistent with, findings of a federal health agency or of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Biodegradable polyester

DuPont Films (Wilmington, DE) has introduced a hydro/biodegradable polyester that is said to decompose without harm to the soil or environment. A modified PET polymer, Biomax can be made into fibers, films or resins, and has a melting point of around 200°C.
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Unit-dose splitter

The HUD (hospital unit-dose) Splitter from Sepha (Irvine, CA) is designed to cut hospital unit-dose blister packs into single packs without affecting the seal or product identification information.
A prewrapped lamp base is lowered into the lower base layer of Enviromold within a carton
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'Green' lights for Cambridge

This lighting and accessory manufacturer switched from paper-based void fill to a biodegradable mold-in-place system that sheds light on productivity and environmental issues.
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Quick-change feature

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) ChaseLock(TM) instant-release, vial-and-stopper feeder bowl-and-track system is now available on the company's FS Series of filling and stopper insertion machines.
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Case packer for pouches

The Efficia 100 case packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is designed to pack a wide variety of individually pouched products such as coffee, iced tea and cereal into a case.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
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Vertical f/f/s system

A new vertical form/fill/seal system from All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY) reaches speeds to 60 packages/ min using low-cost, center-folded rollstock.
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Electric stapler

Model SJM-1 Little Giant Electric Stapler from Staplex (Brooklyn, NY) is designed to staple header cards, clamshells, blisterpacks, and display cards.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
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Conveyor belts

Intralox (Harahan, LA) will display a variety of new modular plastic conveyor belts at WestPack. The Onepiece(TM) Live Transfer Belts eliminate the need for deadplates at 90° angle transfers.
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P-s coupon system

New from American Creative Packaging (Algoma, WI) is the E-PACS(TM) capsule. It's a pressure-sensitive overwrap containing a coupon or three-dimensional piece up to 3/8" thick.
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Hand-load cartoner

Adco's (Sanger, CA) new hand-load cartoner is designed to erect, close and seal cartons containing stacks of paper or other flat stackable items at speeds to 30 cartons/min.
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Print/apply labeler

Equipped with a heavy-duty motor, the V3 print/apply labeler from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is an all-in-one system. It combines a microprocessor-controlled p-s labeling head with an in-line thermal printer.
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Monoblock machine

The K1W fill/plug/cap machine from Korab Eng. (Los Angeles, CA) has been designed for applications using small bottles, such as nail polish. It can reach speeds to 100 bottles/min.
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Country of origin

Congress is getting into the act over whether or not to require country-of-origin labeling on packaging. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-CA) introduced a bill mandating country of origin labeling for produce at the retail level, while Sen.
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm (sidebar)

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