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Tube filler/sealer

DT Kalish's (Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada) Kx 1100 tube filler and sealer uses quick-release handles for quick changeovers. Designed for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications, it reaches speeds to 110 metal tubes/min when crimping, or 92/min, when plastic laminated tubes are being hot-air sealed.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
News
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Bristol-Myers recalls birth control packages

In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
The illustration (above) depicts where the security label might be applied by a manufacturer. A close-up of the label (left) sho
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Retailers find security in source tagging

National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.
Controls Product Brief
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Friction feeders

Thiele Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) new series of friction feeders can work consistently with most printing, labeling, and packaging equipment at speeds to 4귔" of sheet material/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Sensor controller

The PLATO sensor controller from Entry Technology (Cream Ridge, NJ) can be used with sensor-based inspection systems to provide quality assurance on packaging lines.
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No uniformity in changeover demands

Almost any way you measure packaging line changeover, the answers from Packaging World readers vary widely. The major agreement is that more changes are being demanded-and less time is available for doing them. However, the strategies for hastening change
Controls Product Brief
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Infeed control system

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group's (St. Louis, MO) Mark II Synchro- screw infeed control system was developed to control the flow of containers at the infeed of fillers, labelers and other machinery.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Paper Converting Machine Co. Ltd. (Plymouth, UK) and Printpack Europe Ltd. (Bury, UK) discontinued the joint demonstration facilities at Printpack's Saffron Walden, UK, site, which was used to show PCMC's narrow web Vision flexographic printing press.
Controls Product Brief
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Vibratory parts feeder

Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has developed a patent-pending way to use vacuum to hold feeder bowls and tracks to vibratory base drives, eliminating the use of bolts or other mechanical clamping means.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Systech (Cranbury, NJ) and BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) entered a 10-year agreement to provide advanced inspection systems for the packaging industry, beginning with an initial delivery of 50 Systech TIPS(TM) Vision systems.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
Materials Product Brief
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Stand-up pouch filler/sealer

The General Packer Model GP-1000 ST from Amplas (Green Bay, WI) automatically fills and seals preformed, stand-up, zippered or non-zippered pouches at speeds to 50/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Pouch/placement system

A new pouch feeder with an integrated placement system from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is designed to gently singulate numerous styles and sizes of pouches and deliver them to the placement system at speeds to 250 pouches/min.
Supplier News
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Reusable packs could diminish corrugated demand

Although the environment is no longer a hot packaging issue in the U.S., global companies must contend with European regulations that target shipping containers and other transport packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper

The EZ-Duz-It® plus is a low-profile stretch wrapper from Infra Pak (Farmers Branch, TX). This light-duty stretch wrapper has a 3ꯠ-lb capacity, says the manufacturer.

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