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New graphics please packager and its customer

"The consumer gets a better package and we benefit as well."That's how Beaverton Foods' chief executive officer Bill Small describes his firm's recent switch from screen-printed glass jars to jars deco-rated with full-body shrink-sleeve labels for 16 varieties of Inglehoffer brand condiments.
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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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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Arrowhead Acquisition Partners, comprising Seneca Capital Partners LLC and four independent investors, has acquired Arrowhead Conveyor (Oshkosh, WI).
Machine Product Brief
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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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FDA proposes health claim labeling for soy proteins

Responding to a petition by soy protein maker Protein Technologies Intl., the Food and Drug Administration has proposed new health claims linking soy protein with a reduction in coronary heart disease.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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.
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Warning to states: no warning labels

At the top of the food industry's 1999 congressional agenda will be a bill outlawing most state food labeling laws. Legislation that pre-empts state authority is always controversial.
Machine Product Brief
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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.
Machine Product Brief
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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).
Machine Product Brief
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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.
Buttons stitched onto cards (above) receive individual information like materials, pricing, country of origin and UPC code from
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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.
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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FDA says Weider's health claims lack muscle

Agency blocks the first effort to use a new expedited approval process for health claims on package labels. Who will try next?
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Packaging Concepts + Design (Madison Heights, MI); Huntsman Packaging (Salt Lake City, UT) for its Dalton, GA, facility; CCL Container (Rosemont, IL) for its Hermitage, PA, aerosol facility (formerly Advanced Monobloc).
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Supplier news: International agreements

National Label Co. (Lafayette Hill, PA) and Harland Machine Systems (Manchester, England) have formed an alliance for the sale and distribution of Harland Labeling Systems throughout North America and Puerto Rico.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
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Software helps Hershey slay downtime

Powerful software allows Hershey to automatically gather packaging efficiency data. Local and remote line control and monitoring are added bonuses.

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