Machinery

Materials Product Brief
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Vf/f/s machines

The Matrix line of vertical form/ fill/seal machines is described in a brochure from Matrix Packing Machinery (Grafton, WI). The literature lists the features of the Matrix 916 machine and the Matrix 1000 Series.
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Shaft gear motors

New single-phase parallel shaft gear motors offer higher horsepower and torque ratings than previous versions, says manufacturer Baldor Electric (Ft.
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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Conveyor belts

Intralox (Harahan, LA) will display a variety of new modular plastic conveyor belts at WestPack. The Onepiece(TM) Live Transfer Belts eliminate the need for deadplates at 90° angle transfers.
Controls Product Brief
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Monoblock machine

The K1W fill/plug/cap machine from Korab Eng. (Los Angeles, CA) has been designed for applications using small bottles, such as nail polish. It can reach speeds to 100 bottles/min.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Cap sealer

Lepel's (Waukesha, WI) Uniseal Capsealer mounts onto most conveyor lines to provide cap sealing in a single, compact system. It can apply a TE, leak-resistant seal onto most styles of containers and closures.
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Pouch brings fruit smoothies to the supermarket

Houston-based Tropeak® is banking on a stand-up pouch with zipper reclosure to make Smoothy fruit drinks an everyday beverage in homes across America.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Bagging system

The new Sprint bagger from the SidePouch(TM) Div. of Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) will debut at WestPack. Its unique features-including a rectangular bag opening, adjustable rails and the ability to handle multiple bags simultaneously-make it especially suitable for hard-to-package kit items.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Cartoner

The Cartopac CP80R is a medium-speed rotary-style cartoner from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ). Suitable for cartoning a range of products, including tubes, bottles, blisters, jars, sachets and printed leaflets, at speeds to 85 products/ min.
Controls Product Brief
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Flow wrapper for heat- or cold-sealable films

The Pack 300 from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a new servo-driven system for flow wrapping products in heat- or cold-sealable films. Operating at speeds of 300+ packages/min, depending on product and packaging material, the Pack 300 is suitable for multi-shift, non-stop production.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Electric stapler

Model SJM-1 Little Giant Electric Stapler from Staplex (Brooklyn, NY) is designed to staple header cards, clamshells, blisterpacks, and display cards.
Controls Product Brief
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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.
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CLARIFICATION

In our June story titled "Case packer solves tissue issue," the changeover time was misstated. It takes three hours to change upstream manufacturing systems but only minutes to change the case packer supplied by R.A.

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