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Hot melt applicator

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) will display its newest hot melt adhesive applicator at Pack Expo West. The KH100 High Output Melt Unit can operate up to six heads and is supported by a complete range of pattern control accessories.
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Flat case conveyor

Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) has introduced the Model 2512 vertical flat case transport with shingling conveyor. This off-line system automatically transports stacked corrugated cases.
Controls Product Brief
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Auger filler for dry, flowable products

Developed to replace volumetric cup fillers, the Neotron System® is a multi-auger filler from GEI Mateer Burt (Wayne, PA) that fills dry, flowable products like soup base, parmesan cheese, drink mixes and spices into PS and paperboard containers 10-up.
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Medical device labeling update

FDA's Office of Device Evaluation is holding a public meeting in September to discuss medical device labeling and the agency's proposed labeling information summaries (tentatively called "essential prescribing information" [EPI]).
The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
Controls Product Brief
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Linear unscrambler

Model NOL linear unscrambler is New England Machinery's (Bradenton, FL) newest design for delivering rigid plastic conveyors from random bulk supply to continuous-motion conveyors at speeds to 650 containers/min, depending on container size.
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Closures

Suitable for tablets or powders, Waddington IP Jaycare (Carlstadt, NJ) has introduced the HingeGard® closure. Injection-molded in LDPE, the closures are hinged snap-caps that provide tamper evidence with tear bands.
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Custom capper

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) now offers a capper designed to place snap-on caps on stick-up air fresheners. Uses a vibratory feed bowl and feed track to reach speeds to 150 caps/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Desiccant feeder

Omega Design (Exton, PA) has introduced the Model CDFI automatic indexing canister desiccant feeder. Using a 1-g canister desiccant, it runs at speeds to 120 pieces/min; up to 75/min for a double drop, and up to 55/min for a triple drop.
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Cosmetics labeling at issue in FDA reform

After months of painstaking bipartisan negotiations, legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration is poised for consideration in both the House and Senate.
Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
Controls Product Brief
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Vacuum capper

An economical new automatic linear vacuum capping machine for lug jar closures is now available from Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ). The STV C-150 automatic linear capping machine accommodates caps from 38 mm to 110 mm in dia; jars from 40 mm to 230 mm H, at speeds to 300/min.
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Food excluded from chemical labeling regs

Finished food products with trace food additives or pesticides should not be included in a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard classification and labeling.
A group of mechanical fingers (shown at bottom left in the photo at left) remove six blow-molded 1-gal HDPE jugs and place them
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Insourcing springs savings for AquaPenn (sidebar)

HDPE container production 'captiv-ates' AquaPenn
At the pre-tare station (above), empty bottles are individually weighed, then conveyed to the  dosing station (left). A dust shr
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Sweetening your medicine

A new auger filler/checkweighing system allows Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer to double its output and incorporate a new formulation onto its line.
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Biotech food labeling

Biotechnologically derived foods should be allowed to be marketed as "organic" when appropriate and should not be subject to unnecessary and misleading labeling requirements.
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Poultry law hit

For decades the beef industry has complained that USDA regulations give poultry a competitive edge, since current regulations allow poultry to take in as much as 8% water during the chilling process without any mention of additional water on the label.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.

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