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Dairy bottle blocks light?

In unveiling last month a bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate for 16-oz milk, Dallas-based Schepps Dairy was not the first to put fresh, refrigerated milk in PET (see Packaging World, November '97, p.
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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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Fresh Express tests a transverse zipper

A leader in fresh-cut produce, Fresh Express Inc. of Salinas, CA, now is testing a zipper reclosure feature on 1-lb bags of garden salad. The pack is among the first to use the Z-Patch partial-width zipper, which comes from Z-Patch, Inc.
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Tropicana twists again

In April Tropicana Products of Bradenton, FL, will launch Tropicana Twister in a new 20-oz five-layer bottle made by Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY).
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Key International: Horizontal f/f/s machines

A color brochure from Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) describes the Enflex F Series of hf/f/s pouch packaging machines for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical, chemical and food industries.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Arrowhead Acquisition Partners, comprising Seneca Capital Partners LLC and four independent investors, has acquired Arrowhead Conveyor (Oshkosh, WI).
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Case packers

R.A. Pearson Co. (Spokane, WA) designed VersaPack(TM) case packers to serve the needs of manufacturers whose production runs and products are continually changing.
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Greydon Inc: Flexo printer

The Black Max Printer (BMP) 430/560 flexographic rotary printer from Greydon (Springfield, NJ) can be retrofitted for integration with any brand of horizontal f/f/s machinery.
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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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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Weighpack Systems Inc: Weighpack Systems Inc: F/f/s system with weigher

WeighPack/Paxiom's (Lachine, Quebec, Canada) Vertek® vertical f/f/s system includes an automatic in-line Multi-Trix® weigh/fill system (shown) for snack foods, seafood, meats, produce and powders.
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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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Hassia USA Inc: Hot-fill poucher

The FlexiBag® 40/26 from Hassia USA (Morganville, NJ) is a vf/f/s machine that produces pouch sizes from 1 to 6 L. Handles liquids and particulates at temperatures to 200°F.
Controls Product Brief
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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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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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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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Custom color, shape set salon products apart

A custom-matched color and a unique shape set the brushed aluminum can for Beautopia's new Brocato America hair spray and mousse apart from the competition.
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Small package poses big challenge

Ecoly Intl. was in a sticky situation. The company needed to downsize its 10-oz Oak Tree Finishing Aerated Hairspray into a 1.7-oz version for use in a travel kit, without losing rich package graphics and extensive copy.

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