Machinery

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Label stock

Used for label combinations, MACtac (Stow, OH) has introduced Dual-Write(TM) DW 2141. It's constructed of a premium 50# white uncoated multi-print facesheet suitable for high-contrast laser, ink-jet and flexo processes, a specially formulated acrylic emulsion adhesive, and a 3.2 SCK white liner.
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Tube filler

The new TFS 10 is a low- to mid-volume tube filler from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) designed to meet the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and other small-run pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturers.
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Birds Eye tries fresh, not frozen

Birds Eye fresh vegetables?
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Line portal robot

The Linapal line portal (gantry) robot from Krones (Franklin, WI) handles loads of up to one ton at speeds to 360 cycles/hr. Applications include palletizing and depalletizing, crate/carton packing and unpacking, removal of inverted trays or layer pads, and order picking.
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Push/pull caps: from fad to fixture

"We thought for a while that [sports caps] would be a fad, but now I think they're here to stay." So says Mountain Valley Springs president Tom Mitchell in explaining his company's move to push-pull sports caps on 0.5-L and 1-L bottles of water.
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks (sidebar)

The software side of computer control
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Net weight filling machine

The SP Filler net weight filling machines from Lakewood Manufacturing (Holland, MI) are designed for bulk filling of loose, flowing product such as dried fruit, confectionery items and pet treats into boxes, bags and other containers.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

Learning in Las Vegas
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Sleeve wrap/bundler

Damark (Lewisville, TX) will introduce its HS Series sleeve wrap/bundler at Pack Expo West. Reaching speeds to 30 packages/min, the wrapper is controlled by a SLC 500 PLC and is equipped with heavy-duty electrical, mechanical and pneumatic components for continuous high- speed operation.
Preforms are transferred by their necks (above) in four lanes towards a heating oven
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn

In an on-site container production partnership first, bottle maker Schmalbach-Lubeca leases a portion of AquaPenn's facility to reheat and blow PET preforms into bottles that AquaPenn fills at the same site.
At Kodak, a variety of label sizes and shapes
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Kodak develops speedier labeling

Completing generic preprinted labels with laser-printed variable information allows Kodak to ship orders within 24 hours while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for its small-batch printing needs.
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Syringe filler

Adtech's (Hatboro, PA) non-particulate generating, servo-controlled, volumetric rolling-diaphragm filling system handles tubular or flange barrel syringes, either loose or in Hypak tubs.
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Case packer

Packaging Automation's (Eagan, MN) Model PAC-H compact case packer is not much wider than the conveyor framework, allowing it to fit into lines where available floorspace is minimal.
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Honeycomb dispensing system

Flextra Matic On-Line® is a new dispensing system for Astro-Valcour's (Glens Falls, NY) Flextra honeycomb cushioning system. Designed for high-volume lines, the system offers nine product options (up to three plies with or without top and/or bottom sheets).
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Vacuum de-aerator

Model 720/730 horizonal de-aerator can increase the bulk density of fluidized powders up to 200%, says manufacturer B.A.G. (Dallas, TX). This helps to reduce freight costs while improving product stability during transit.
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Label caffeine content, groups demand

A consumer advocacy group wants caffeine content to be listed on food labels. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), based in Washington, D.C., petitioned FDA to require such labeling.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West

PMMI's second Western show will feature 25% more machinery than '95 during its run in Las Vegas, Oct. 13 to 16. Co-located International Exposition for Food Processors and Solutions 97 conference will add a processing flavor.
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Company brochure

Sekisui TA (Garden Grove, CA) has released a brochure titled "The Total Packaging System Solution." The brochure covers the company's water-based genuine acrylic adhesive packaging tapes, a variety of top-and-bottom case sealers, and tape-sealing dispensers.

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