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ITW Dynatec: Hot melt applicator

ITW Dynatec (Hendersonville, TN) has introduced the MAX(TM) Hand Applicator, a multi-axis, hand-held hot melt adhesive applicator designed with ease of use in mind.
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Nigrelli Systems Inc: Shrink wrappers

The Encore SW is a line of servo-driven shrink wrappers from Nigrelli Systems (Kiel, WI). Designed for 24-hour production of trayed or unsupported multipack beverages, food and other products, they operate at speeds to 100 cycles/minute.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: AGI Inc. (Melrose Park, IL); K-Tron America (Pitman, NJ) for manufacture of Hasler Feeders and K-Tron Soder line; GneuB Kunststofftechnik GmbH (Monichhusen, Germany); Ranpak Corp.
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FSIS considers labeling reviews without industry representation

A food labeling trade group has expressed concern that industry representatives may be barred in the future from face-to-face meetings with federal regulators that review new labels for meat and poultry products.
Sealing jaws heat-seal the two side edges from the bottom up through the ultrasonically-sealed top zipper area before a cut-off
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition

Five new hf/f/s machines allow Heinz to switch from pillow packs to stand-up, resealable zipper pouches for its Pup-Peroni and Jerky Treats dog snacks.
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PPT Vision: Machine vision system

PPT Vision's (Eden Prairie, MN) Passport® DSL (digital serial link) digital machine vision system and network is said to deliver sharp, noise-free images without distortion, signal degradation, or pixel jitter.
The redesigned bags of chopped and shelled walnuts (left) provide a stronger brand identity than did their predecessor (above).
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Mariani's sales go nuts following graphic redesign

Richer, more vibrant colors, traditional logo and product viewing window trigger strong sales gains for Mariani, a California nut grower and processor.
By holding a die-cut handle at the top and shaking the bag, users can dispense ice melting compound through a mesh bottom gusset
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Bags stretch advantages for packagers and end users

Among FPA's winning packages sold at retail are a flat-bottom flexible bag made on first-of-its-kind vf/f/s machinery, a club-store bag incorporating a transverse zipper for reclosability, and a patented shaker bag that handily dispenses ice melt.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition (sidebar)

Heinz weighs benefits of scale systems
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Resin price protection

At least two firms are now offering hedging services for packagers that buy or manufacture large volumes of rigid or flexible plastic packaging. Such risk management services allow packagers to purchase price-protection contracts for plastic resins, mitigating the effects of resin price fluctuations over a fixed period of time.
An improved bag for Manzate Fungicide (top) increases  productivity by 25%. GardenTech Singles (above) were developed with custo
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Agricultural winners at FPA

Two innovative flexible packages merit an 'A' for Agricultural.
News
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Labeling uniformity

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) is crafting a message it plans to take to Capitol Hill renewing its call for uniform national food labeling standards.
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Bass is bullish on beer in plastic

Few brewers have gone as far as Bass in developing a plastic bottle for beer. Now Bass wonders when U.S. brewers will get on board to help drive bottle costs down.
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Packaging potatoes for consumer convenience

Add sliced potatoes to the growing list of branded, prepared produce packaged in flexible films for refrigerated display in the supermarket. Launched in the first week of January were four varieties of Fresh From The Start® potatoes from 50/50 partners Maine Packing of Caribou, ME, and Fresh From The Start LLC of Riverhead, NY.
Materials Product Brief
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Southcorp Packaging USA: Plastic paint can

Southcorp Packaging (Atlanta, GA) has introduced a PP paint can called Max-Tite(TM). Injection-molded can body, ring and lid weigh a total of 250 g.
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Color concentrates

Six color concentrates for providing a soft, translucent, "frosted" effect for PP products have been added to the TEKlite® line of concentrates from Teknor (Pawtucket, RI).
Machine Product Brief
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Automated Packaging Systems: Master bag system

Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) has introduced the Stacked Masterpack System, which takes products individually packaged in Autobags and places them in larger bags in groups of 25, 50 or 75.

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