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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MGS Machine Corp. (Maple Grove, MN) has purchased TL Feeding Systems (Osseo, MN).
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Porous molding material

Metapor is a micro-porous aluminum for thermoformers from International Mold Steel (Florence, KY). The material is air-permeable and is said to eliminate venting problems in thermoforming, blister packaging and film processing.
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Smirnoff 1.75 L relaunched in proprietary PET

Hoping to boost sales, United Distillers and Vintners, Hartford, CT, has relaunched its Smirnoff premium vodka in a proprietary 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate package whose rollout was to be completed this month.
Machine Product Brief
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ARPAC LLC: Tray packer/wrapper

Designed for the food, beverage and HBA industries, the Tray Star(TM) 60RC is a tray erecting, packing and shrink wrapping system from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL).
The stand-up pouch displays well in the store and differentiates Dutch-American1s breadings from cartoned product offered by the
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Breadings stand up

For 25 years, Dutch-American Foods of Dolton, IL, has sold its breading mixes to foodservice and institutional accounts. But last year the firm decided to market at retail, and management felt an unusual package would be a key to success.
Machine Product Brief
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Diagraph, An ITW Company: Label printer/applicator

Diagraph's (St. Louis, MO) PA/150 Zebra 170PAX Series label printer/applicator system is designed for on-line printing and applying of direct-thermal/thermal-transfer labels in continuous-duty demanding industrial environments.
At the eject station of the blister sealing machine, three vacuum pick-up arms place finished packages blister-side down  in the
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Eclectic 'sticks' with sealers

A brand new blister packager tied into an automatic collating and case packing system lets this adhesives manufacturer keep up with fast-growing sales.
Machine Product Brief
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Label Printers: Printer/applicator

Impact Automation (Lewisville, TX) has introduced the PA450 Series of printer/applicators. Robotic articulating arm can place single or multiple labels anywhere within a flat plane on the product or package, in varying orentations.
The control cabinet for Line 2 that houses the main PLC would be considerably more complicated without a network, requiring at l
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Packaging machines speak up

Amway squeezes more efficiency out of a personal care packaging line by allowing packaging machines to communicate with one another over a PLC network. Benefits include tighter line integration, faster troubleshooting and reduced wiring costs.
Controls Product Brief
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In-line wrap labeler

Designed for water bottles, the Model 4520 in-line wrap labeler from Labeling Systems (Oakland, NJ) applies labels at speeds to 250 products/min. The stepper-motor drive labeling head has a 16" O.D.
Machine Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Case packer

A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) has introduced the 800 Series of case packers for both round tubes and rectangular products. Its low-level, multi-stack large-capacity magazine requires less refilling.
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Photoelectric sensor

New SVP Series Smart Value photoelectric sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) is available in a self-diagnostic connector ouput version.
Plumes of steam, a typical byproduct of the papermaking process, are exhausted from Georgia-Pacific?s Crossett, AR, paperboard m
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Should paperboard buyers turn white with fright?

EPA "cluster" rule forces bleached pulp mills to spend millions to clean up air and water emissions. Quality, cost, even availability may become a question mark.
Controls Product Brief
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Aromat Corporation: Laser triangulation system

The NAiS® brand LM10 laser triangulation system from Aromat (New Providence, NJ) measures the distance from sensor head to target object. Suitable for verification and inspection applications such as bottle fill height detection.
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Sexual dysfunction

Incidences of sexual dysfunction by those taking Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Luvox (all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may be much higher than indicated on product labeling, and FDA is considering ordering labeling changes more reflective of reality.
Machine Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: FDA-approved cartoners

ProLine vertical cartoners from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) have been redesigned and approved for use in federally inspected meat and poultry plants.
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Label livens line of indoor tanning products

Redesigned packaging played a key role in taking the Black Gold line of indoor tanning products from limited distribution in the Midwest to national and even international distribution.
Machine Product Brief
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IWK Packaging Machinery Inc: Laser coding

The Dynamark system is a new laser coding feature available on all tube filling equipment from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ). This noncontact coder imprints production dates, expiration dates, batch and lot identification in a standard print area measuring up to 40 mm x 40 mm (1.6" X 1.6"), with a print height of 2.5 mm (0.1").

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