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Suiza to acquire Continental Can

Dallas-based Suiza Foods, a mid-sized dairy and owner of blow molder Franklin Plastics in Franklin, MA, surprised industry observers by moving to acquire Continental Can Co.
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The stand-up pouch displays well in the store and differentiates Dutch-American1s breadings from cartoned product offered by the
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Breadings stand up

For 25 years, Dutch-American Foods of Dolton, IL, has sold its breading mixes to foodservice and institutional accounts. But last year the firm decided to market at retail, and management felt an unusual package would be a key to success.
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Label Printers: Printer/applicator

Impact Automation (Lewisville, TX) has introduced the PA450 Series of printer/applicators. Robotic articulating arm can place single or multiple labels anywhere within a flat plane on the product or package, in varying orentations.
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IWK Packaging Machinery Inc: Laser coding

The Dynamark system is a new laser coding feature available on all tube filling equipment from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ). This noncontact coder imprints production dates, expiration dates, batch and lot identification in a standard print area measuring up to 40 mm x 40 mm (1.6" X 1.6"), with a print height of 2.5 mm (0.1").
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Organic labeling rules proposed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on its proposal to establish uniform federal standards for use of the term "organic" in labeling both raw and processed foods.
Controls Product Brief
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Photoelectric sensor

New SVP Series Smart Value photoelectric sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) is available in a self-diagnostic connector ouput version.
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UV clamshell sealing

PartnerPak (Huntington Beach, CA) has introduced the Simpl-Seal® UV sealing system for double blister and clamshell packages. The system applies a proprietary adhesive, Simpl-Sealant, to one half of the package via a dispensing system.
The control cabinet for Line 2 that houses the main PLC would be considerably more complicated without a network, requiring at l
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Packaging machines speak up

Amway squeezes more efficiency out of a personal care packaging line by allowing packaging machines to communicate with one another over a PLC network. Benefits include tighter line integration, faster troubleshooting and reduced wiring costs.
Loose-fill dispersion at Borders (above) is activated by a footpedal. A central conveyor moves cartons into position to be fille
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Saving more than just peanuts

Bookstore chain Borders Group moves to a customized loose-fill system for distribution of its products to stores nationwide. Yearly savings are in excess of one million dollars.
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Porous molding material

Metapor is a micro-porous aluminum for thermoformers from International Mold Steel (Florence, KY). The material is air-permeable and is said to eliminate venting problems in thermoforming, blister packaging and film processing.
Although its square bottles have four panels, Nutrilite applies what it refers to as a five-panel label
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Servo control offers labeling latitude

To comply with FDA's labeling rules, Amway's Nutrilite Div. relies on a labeler with 12 independent servo-driven stations that permit fast changeover, high speed and improved copy-to-panel registration for square bottles of vitamins.
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Bennies celebrate labels

The Printing Industries of America (Alexandria, VA) recently named its Benny winners, which are the Best of Category winners in the 1997 Premier Print Awards, a prestigious worldwide graphic arts competition.
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Stand-up pouch momentum builds worldwide

Innovative shapes and reclosable fitments and zippers were among the more noteworthy advances on display at a two-day stand-up pouch educational clinic sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Dearborn, MI).
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X-ray fill-level inspection

The TapTone (N. Falmouth, MA) Ray Trak fill-level inspection system uses x-ray tube technology to check fill levels in bottles, cans and jars at speeds to 2ꯠ/min.
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What's SAFE from OSHA? (sidebar)

EPA loosens up on labels
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New Year's promise: Further packaging advances

There's a better-than-even chance we'll see a surge in packaging advances this year. Packaging developers in a host of segments see the promise of their long labors bearing fruit in 1998.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cognex Surface Inspection Systems Div. (Lachine, Quebec, Canada) has moved to 2196 32nd Ave., Lachine, Quebec, Canada H8T 3H7; phone: 514/420-0000, fax: 514/636-3749.
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Friction feeder

Multifeeder Technology's (Little Canada, MN) new high-speed friction feeder is said to use a revolutionary feeding mechanism that uses friction to separate and feed products with virtually no damage to the products.

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