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Reclosable bag system

Snap-Sac(TM) reclosable bag system from Arthur D. Little Enterprises (Cambridge, MA) is said to provide a viable alternative to zipper locks at similar costs, or as an added feature to bags without a reclosable feature.
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PCR HDPE suitable for food contact

Ecoplast Corp. (Los Angeles, CA) claims to be the first-and-only recycler of post-consumer high-density polyethylene to receive a letter of non-objection from the U.S.
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition

Additional NACD award winners:Food category
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BluePrint Automation: Gravity case packer

Blueprint Automation's (Richmond, VA) MGC Series gravity case packers use a unique "bomb-bay" collating device to collate bags and insert them into cases at speeds to 200 bags/min.
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SATO America, Inc: SATO America, Inc: SATO America, Inc: Label printer/applicator

Diagraph's (St. Louis, MO) PA/5000 label printer/applicator system is a heavy-duty, high-speed, print-and-apply system built for continuous-duty operation.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Ramsey-Thermo Sentron (Minneapolis, MN) has agreed to acquire Goring Kerr (Windsor, U.K.), Best Inspection (Welwyn, Garden City, U.K.) and Allen Coding & Marking Systems (Redditch, U.K.) from Smiths Industries PLC (London, England, U.K.).
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Supplier news: Achievements

Metsys received Best of Show award at the recent Society for Technical Communication competition for its development of Theory and Concepts of Metal Detection computer-based training program.
Amway bought an unusual press to produce high-quality p-s labels, such as for these laundry products
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P-s label press mixes it up

Amway has been using the narrow-web press since March '97 to print p-s labels for bottles of laundry products, kitchen cleaners and car care products.
Materials Product Brief
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Folding carton board

Kraftpak® folding carton board from the Kraft Division of Westvaco (New York, NY) provides a uniform print surface for applications including retail and foodservice food and beverage cartons.
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Water bottle vends like a can

Lancaster, PA-based Cloister Spring Water recently introduced its new H2O Cool spring water as "the first, the only 12-oz PET bottle that vends like a can." This allows the bottle to be sold through vending machines designed for canned soft drinks.
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Rectangular Spam cans upgrade to BOPP labels

For those of us who can remember the 1950s, being "spammed" has taken on new meaning. This is not something that affects the twentysomething and younger crowd much.
Materials Product Brief
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Bulk weigher/auger filler

AMS Filling Systems' (Malvern, PA) Model A-110-Lynx net weigher bulk-and-dribble auger filler fills powders and granular products as well as thin or viscous liquids, in weights from 1 oz to several hundred lb.
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NJM Packaging : Printer/applicator

NJM/CLI Packaging Systems (Lebanon, NH) has introduced the Model 400 Final Touch print-and-apply labeler. It uses an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix Series 1000 PLC and has a 6.25" tamp-pad range.
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Food innovations on display at U.K. show

Two notable packages uncovered at Pakex 98, held recently in Birmingham, England, both come from food marketers. One is for soup, the other for a product designed to look like Chinese take-out food.
Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
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Packing process grows on Teixeira Farms

California produce grower lengthens lettuce shelf life and saves material costs by switching from waxed cases to a bag-in-box configuration.
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Bar-code printer

Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA) offers the Solus® desktop bar-code label printer in direct-thermal or thermal-transfer models. Solus printers can print bar codes, labels and tags at 3"/sec, at a 203-dpi resolution.
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Checkweigher keeps hobbyists happy

People who assemble plastic scale models as a hobby are not amused when the Titanic they brought home is missing a smokestack, or their Mustang GT has only three wheels.

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