Machinery

Machine Product Brief
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Webtron/Aquaflex: Quick-changeover press

Changeovers involving as many as six color stations and two die-cutting stations are possible in 10 min, says Webtron/Aquaflex (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), with the InstaPrep printer.
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Controls Product Brief
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Belcor Industries Inc: Bag inserter

The BEL 451 semi-automatic bag inserter/case bottom taper from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) uses a vacuum process that draws a bag liner into position when placed in a case by an operator.
Machine Product Brief
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Web Systems, Inc: Chill-roll system

The Ion Storm 200 electrostatic chill-roll tacking system from Web Systems (Boulder, CO) aims to increase productivity for film extruding, converting and printing applications.
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Kraft Foods 'hedges' for cost consistency

Food processor broadens cost-control strategy from ingredients into packaging materials thanks to new 'intermediaries.' Commodity-type contracts provide insurance against material price run-ups.
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Best of Brand Design honored

Sponsored by the newly renamed Brand Design Assn., the 1998 Gold Awards competition honored outstanding package design from around the world.
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: All-Fill Inc: Auger filler

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Servomotor Direct Drive Multi-Fill filling system provides fast, accurate multi-positioned dispensing of powders and viscous products.
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Adhesives help Chelsea Milling stick to quality

Two hot melts and one cold-glue adhesive are instrumental in allowing this Michigan miller to package more than a million cartons every day. Bundling and tray packing have been upgraded, too, and ink-jet printing of corrugated shippers is a big improvement.
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%.
Materials Product Brief
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Bulk can palletizer

The Simpli-Pal 3000 bulk can palletizer from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) includes an isometric air bed in the laning area that uses a precisely controlled air pattern to protect empty cans from pressure and impact damage on high-speed filling lines.
Controls Product Brief
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Eastman Chemical Company: Eastman Chemical Company: Cosmetics jars

Colt's (Daysville, Conn.) has expanded its packaging line with new cosmetics jars suitable for makeup, loose powders, creams, face treatments and bath and body products.
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.
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.
Feature Article
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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.
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.
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.

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