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Oystar Jones: Horizontal cartoner

Operating at speeds to 200 cartons/min, the Hunter horizontal cartoner is new from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH). The rotary carton feeder permits 20-min changeover, with minimal tools.
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After caps are applied, jars pass through an induction sealer (left) that secures a foil liner to the 63-mm finish. The clos
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Seneca sets its sights on plastic

Seneca Foods was among the first to convert from glass to hot-fillable plastic jars for applesauce. Now it fills both glass and plastic containers on essentially the same line.
Four crates are filled with each cycle of this machine. Each gripper aligns its bottle so that when bottles land in the crate, l
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
Natrel?s St. Laurent, Quebec, plant?s sophisticated UHT processing/aseptic filling line includes three separate rinsing machines
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HDPE-bottled dairy beverages 'milk' 90-day shelf life

Canadian dairy products marketer Natrel is the first North American user of an ultra-high-temperature processing/aseptic filling line. The process permits Natrel to launch single-serve milks and shakes with a 90-day refrigerated shelf life.
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More food safety

Recognizing an issue that resonates with the public, the Clinton Administration continues to give high priority to food safety. The Administation's FY2000 budget contains a 12% increase for food safety initiatives, with approximately $105 million more divided among U.S.
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Loveshaw, An ITW Company: Case sealer

The LD-7 case sealer from Loveshaw (South Canaan, PA) combines easy operation with washdown capability, according to the manufacturer. Stainless-steel construction and a washdown-duty-rated GE motor are coupled with NEMA 4 or 12 electrical components and tape cartridges designed for easy threading, including a cartridge that tips back for tape adjustments.
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Domino: Laser for flow wrappers

The Flow Wrap DDC3 digital laser coder creates indelible, crisp dot-matrix codes without burning or puncturing flexible packaging materials. From Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL), the laser coder operates without moving parts or fluids at speeds to 3ꯠ characters/sec.
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Drug labeling for kids

FDA has issued new labeling rules designed to clarify drug dosage for children. Labels for drugs frequently prescribed in pediatric cases must contain appropriate dosages for children.
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Auto Labe: Labeler

Auto Labe's (Fort Pierce, FL) Model 620 p-s labeler can be configured to place labels on containers 1" to 6" in diameter or to partially wrap labels around square or rectangular containers at speeds to 150 ppm.
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Combi Packaging Systems LLC: Hand packer

The Ergopack from Combi America (Canton, OH) combines a case erector, pack station and sealer in a compact work cell. Originally designed for the meat industry, the Ergopack is adaptable to many different products and frees the operator from erecting and sealing cases by hand.
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Wraparound labels permit quick delivery

To meet seasonal market demands, Danbury, CT-based Prestone Products Corp. began offering its De-Icer in areosol cans decorated with oriented polypropylene wraparound labels in addition to litho-printed cans.
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Filamatic, a division of National Instrument LLC: Filling/capping line

A low-inertia collet chuck applies screw or snap caps to irregularly shaped containers on the new filler/capper line from National Instrument (Baltimore, MD).
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Belcor Industries Inc: Bag inserter

The BEL 450 semi-automatic bag inserter with top and bottom case taping from Belcor Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) is designed for manual bulk filling lines where a bag liner must be inserted into the case.
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New graphics please packager and its customer

"The consumer gets a better package and we benefit as well."That's how Beaverton Foods' chief executive officer Bill Small describes his firm's recent switch from screen-printed glass jars to jars deco-rated with full-body shrink-sleeve labels for 16 varieties of Inglehoffer brand condiments.
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FDA proposes health claim labeling for soy proteins

Responding to a petition by soy protein maker Protein Technologies Intl., the Food and Drug Administration has proposed new health claims linking soy protein with a reduction in coronary heart disease.
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Warning to states: no warning labels

At the top of the food industry's 1999 congressional agenda will be a bill outlawing most state food labeling laws. Legislation that pre-empts state authority is always controversial.
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Vf/f/s system

The V1220 vertical f/f/s system from Taylor (Parsons, KS) runs supported or unsupported films with a maximum thickness of 6 mils at speeds to 120 bpm.
Buttons stitched onto cards (above) receive individual information like materials, pricing, country of origin and UPC code from
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Just-in-time cards from label printers

Button wholesaler buys off-the-shelf color thermal-transfer label printers to print cardstock for more than 7ꯠ SKUs. Machines permit print runs from one dozen up to 1괌 dozen cards.

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