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Packaging revolution IS changing everything

"This changes everything." That line, taken from a recent crop of Chrysler ads, would have us believe the company's doing something revolutionary in its field.
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Trimming lawn trimmer line costs

This past spring, Frigidaire Home Products, formerly Poulan/Weed Eater, began selling its lawn trimmer replacement line in a two-piece clamshell of polyvinyl chloride that provides several advantages to both Frigidaire and consumers.
Two reciprocating fill funnels deliver walnuts to open bags, two at a time (above). Downstream, bags are picked up by robotic he
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Zippered packs sparkle for Diamond Walnut

Stockton, CA, growing cooperative adds zippers to walnut bags. New hf/f/s machine and modular case erector/packer/closer efficiently pack four bag sizes.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Rothschilds (London, England), on behalf of Valmet Converting PLC (Helsinki, Finland), will offer £86 million in cash for Atlas Converting Equipment (Bedford, England).
On the reheat stretch/blow-molding machine on which PSM?s cryogenically cooled bottles are blown, mandrel-mounted preforms are c
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Cryogenic cooling of heat-set PET awaits patents

The technology's not commercial yet, and it certainly has its skeptics. Test results show that thermal and barrier properties are enhanced significantly by blowing PET into heated molds and cooling with LN2 delivered by a unique new system.
A printed label held by a vacuum grid awaits an oncoming case (right). After the front portion is applied, the side is brushed d
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Two panels for the cost of one

Private-label manufacturer Nakano Foods applies corner-wrap bar-code labels at upwards of 20 cases/min to satisfy customer requests for adjacent panel labeling.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Rovema, L.P. (Lawrenceville, GA) has a new supplier agreement with Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) for Allen-Bradley automation products on its vf/f/s machines.
Inside the blow/fill/seal machine, a plastic extrusion is surrounded by the mold (1), conformed to the mold with vacuum, and fil
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A new Dey for aseptic blow/fill/seal

A trio of latest-generation blow/fill/seal machines for aseptic respiratory care products are the first in the U.S. Dey Laboratories receives one-third higher production, better sterility and labor-saving CIP/SIP.
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Reforming FDA

Congress has picked up the pace on FDA reform, with legislation moving in both the House and Senate. Strongly backed by food manufacturers is language in the Senate bill providing that health claims on food labels would be presumed to be authorized if the claim is based on, and consistent with, findings of a federal health agency or of the National Academy of Sciences.
Early shipments of the product carried a label covering only half the lid, but now a round label covering the whole lid provide
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Fruit's best fresh, MAP cup proves

Canadian fruit marketer uses modified atmosphere packaging to get a fresh fruit combo, with an 18-day shelf life, to convenience stores via central distribution channels.
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Slip/tie sheet dispenser

The Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) Model 1098D dual hopper/sheet dispenser is designed to handle both slip and tie sheets simultaneously. It can be installed on existing palletizers and robots, or as a stand-alone unit.
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm (sidebar)

JIT comes to Brazil
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Alcohol content

A new California labeling law for alcoholic beverages requires all beverages containing more than 5.7% alcohol by volume to declare that content on the label.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
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Glutamate labeling?

FDA's proposal to require new labeling declarations about the free glutamate content of foods is "scientifically unwarranted," the American Frozen Foods Institute told the agency.
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P-s coupon system

New from American Creative Packaging (Algoma, WI) is the E-PACS(TM) capsule. It's a pressure-sensitive overwrap containing a coupon or three-dimensional piece up to 3/8" thick.
Labeled bottles travel through this 0;bridge? between the molding plant and the bottling operation on what may be the longest a
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
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Breathable can for Gloria Jean's coffees

For gift packs, Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees of Castroville, CA, has switched from steel cans containing 1.75 oz of ground coffee to 4-oz foil/paperboard canisters.

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