Machinery

Materials Product Brief
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H.B. Fuller : Adhesives maintenance log

A hanging log offered by H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN) hangs right on adhesive application equipment for easy recording of settings for ad-hesives pots, hoses, heads and line pressures.
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Controls Product Brief
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Efector, Inc: Bus-based components

efector Inc. (Exton, PA) has released a new family of master controller modules, slave modules, power suppliers, cables, software and accessories that will allow supplier's sensors and switches to be connected on a simple, two-wire bus system.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

CCL Container/Advanced Monobloc Aerosol Div. (Hermitage, PA) was distinguished as Foreign Direct Investment Business of the Year by Gannon University's Small Business Development Center.
Feature Article
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Packagers tell insects: 'Stop bugging us!'

New EPA rule simplifies the procedures for gaining a tolerance exemption.Arrival of insect repellent approved for use in food packaging heralds new era of chemical coatings that ward off bugs and germs.
Controls Product Brief
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Parvex, Inc: Brushless servomotors

New H Series servomotors from Parvex (Elmsford, NY) are brushless, permanent-magnet synchronous motors with resolver feedback driven by digital servo amplifiers.
Controls Product Brief
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Magnetic palletizing heads

Walker Magnetics (Worcester, MA) offers a line of magnetic palletizing/depalletizing heads that operate with hydraulics or pneumatics without external moving parts.
News
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Pregnancy labeling changes

FDA plans to revise its regulatory requirements for the pregnancy section of pharmaceutical labeling. An advanced notice of proposed rulemaking will put forth "preliminary proposals for changing the current requirements and will invite comments on all aspects of the notice." This is a long-term action and FDA gave no timetable.
Feature Article
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Catalog cites package decorating source books

Jelmar Publishing Co. (Plainview, NY) has a 16-page catalog that lists 32 books and studies that focus on packaging and package printing. Seven new books are listed in the two-color catalog.
Materials Product Brief
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Viskase Corporation: Clear shrink film

Clear-Loc® 55 multilayer cross-linked polyolefin heat-shrinkable film is available from Viskase (Chicago, IL). Designed for manual, semi-automatic or automatic shrink wrapping equipment.
Controls Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Vertical form/fill/seal system

Triangle Package Machinery's (Chicago, IL) Advantage CM vertical f/f/s system is designed for minimal maintenance. Its cross-seal jaw drive uses torsional couplings instead of sliding shafts, bushings, cams, springs and other linkage.
News
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From soup to sauce, easy-grip PET

Hot-filled plastic jars with pinched-grip sides took center stage in May as Seneca Foods and Campbell Soup both unveiled intriguing new containers with similar-looking grips.
Feature Article
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets (sidebar)

While it contains no liquid, Quaker Oats' new "dual pack" for its 100% Natural Granola is bound to make waves in the cold cereal category.
Supplier News
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Updated PMMI Directory

PMMI's (Arlington, VA) 1998-99 Packaging Machinery Directory is now available. The directory provides detailed information and contacts for more than 400 U.S., and for the first time, Canadian companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery.
News
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Eat-in tray for single-serve cereal

Spotted by PW editors at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was a 1.7-oz microwavable single-serve paperboard tray with integral lid for hot cereal from Nature's Path Foods, Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
Feature Article
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Future shock (sidebar)

Blue-sky packaging ideas
Controls Product Brief
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Conveyor Systems, Inc: Modular conveyors

From Quickdraw Conveyor Systems (Burnsville, MN) comes conveyors designed for handling disk drive components and semiconductor wafers. The MR Series accumulating conveyors have independent verification of their cleanliness along with slip-driven rollers attached to aluminum support rails that produce smooth, quiet conveyor movement with minimal power requirements.
News
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Lozenges are blister-packed, flow-wrapped

Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.
Frozen soup is stored in this walk-in freezer until a frozen food distributor picks it up for delivery to supermarkets
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Tabletop filler boosts soups

Since a tabletop filler was installed last December, restaurant Barnum & Bagel is enjoying solid growth in supermarket sales of its frozen soups in PP tubs and lids

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