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Parts room manager Jim Ryder uses a parts pick list to gather a starwheel for a rotary labeler for a Line 24 changeover
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Small changes deliver big-time for Pharmacia & Upjohn

Parts organization speeds changeovers
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: In-line capper

U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has introduced an in-line capper that can be mounted over the filler discharge star. This allows full control of the bottle and provides proper bottle spacing for the cap pick-off device.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Greif Bros. Corp. (Delaware, OH) and RDJ Holdings (Massilon, OH) have agreed to form a joint venture to operate the sheet feeder plants of Michigan Packaging Corp.
A footed bowl allows each of the four Hot Bowls varieties to stand and display nicely. Inside are all the components necessary,
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The power of packaging on display at FMI

Hot Bowls, packaged apple slices and fresh spinach that can be microwaved right in its clear film package were among the highlights at this year's FMI show.
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Supplier news: International agreements

MG America (Fairfield, NJ) has been named exclusive agent for Anritsu (Pine Brook, NJ) capsule checkweighers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
Film is advanced evenly through the automatic L-sealer by a powered unwind and a side chain gripper. Inset photo shows cartoned
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Video cassette packaging hits fast forward

Semi-automatic labeling, cartoning and shrink wrapping of video cassettes just couldn't keep pace with Provac's rapid growth. New equipment was the answer.
Sold to school foodservice programs in five states, these fresh apples in MAP pouches are a big hit with students
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Apple and tortilla packs break the foodservice routine

Fresh, sliced apples for school foodservice customers and tortillas for hotel and restaurant kitchens both come in packages that look like they were lifted from a retail setting.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Krones, Inc. (Franklin, WI): John Matusinec, turnkey/systems sales group mgr.; Dan Schauer, labeler sales supervisor.
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Rollstock, Inc: Rollstock, Inc: Form/fill/seal system

Action Packaging Automation's (Roosevelt, NJ) Autopouch Model 614 is a compact system that can apply zippers to film. Creates pouches up to 6" x 14" using a variety of rollstock materials.
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Induction sealer

The new Auto Jr. from Enercon Industries (Menomonee Falls, WI) is a semi-automatic induction sealer suitable for low-volume or test-facility applications.
New computer hardware and software helps Pharmacia & Upjohn coordinate product changeovers. This screen illustrates some of the
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Small changes deliver big-time for Pharmacia & Upjohn

Pharmaceutical firm saves $650ꯠ/yr at its Kalamazoo, MI, packaging facility by implementing simple, yet cost-effective quick-changeover procedures on 30 packaging lines.
Induction sealing is greatly improved at Algood since new equipment (below left) was installed. The PET containers filled at t
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Algood looks good with new sealers

Outdated induction sealing systems were driving production line workers nuts at this peanut butter manufacturer. New equipment reduces downtime, raises productivity.
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Codex divided on biotech labeling

The Codex Committee on Food Labeling appears divided over which biotech food labeling recommendations to adopt. It is choosing whether to emulate the U.S.
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Nordson Corporation: Case erector/bottom sealer

SWF Machinery's (Sanger, CA) McDowell Model 101 is a heavy-duty case erector designed to erect and bottom-seal RSC, HSC, AFM and FOL box styles with p-s tape or a Nordson hot melt glue system.
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Are packagers ready to invest in metal's best and brightest?

Packaging managers looking for innovations can be forgiven for focusing most of their attention on the flexible packaging and rigid plastic container fields.
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Union Camp Graphics Group: Micro-corrugated packaging

An eight-page literature package outlining the advantages of converting from a folding carton/master case packaging system to a Microlite micro-corrugated system is now available from Union Camp Graphics Group (Norcross, GA).
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Force Control Industries, Inc: Indexing drives

Series II CLPC(TM) indexing drives are inexpensive, high-performance alternatives to servo motors in single- and multi-revolution indexing applications requiring high cycle rates or high torque with precise stopping accuracy.
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Country-of-origin labeling won't address food safety, Congress told

In response to a recent rash of foodborne illness, one of the issues being studied by a congressional committee are the merits of additional country-of-origin labeling on imported food products.

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