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PPT Vision: Machine vision system

PPT Vision's (Eden Prairie, MN) Passport® DSL (digital serial link) digital machine vision system and network is said to deliver sharp, noise-free images without distortion, signal degradation, or pixel jitter.
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Materials Product Brief
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Mobile blister packager

The EZ Blister(TM) from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) is a semi-automatic blister packer for pharmaceutical use. Separate stations form, seal and cut/perforate blisters.
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A wide-mouth first in PET

Shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, narrow-neck polyethylene terephthalate bottles for hot-filled beverages have enjoyed steady growth lately. But only now is a wide-mouth PET jar for hot-filled food being commercialized as Tree Top Inc.
Materials Product Brief
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Information sheet

Available from Automated Feeding & Alignment Systems (Batavia, IL) is an information sheet on its asymmetrical package orienter. The flow of a package from a "beginning pattern" to a "final component pattern" is illustrated along with a list of benefits, features and typical uses of the machine, such as batteries and squeeze tubes on hanging cards.
Materials Product Brief
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Romaco, Inc: Blister packaging machine

The Romaco/Horn+Noack "Noack 900" blister packaging machine from Romaco (Morris Plains, NJ) produces up to 300 blister packs/ min on a 200 mm (7.8") web.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Robb Container Corp. (Naperville, IL) has opened a blow-molding container manufacturing plant in Omaha, NE.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: AGI Inc. (Melrose Park, IL); K-Tron America (Pitman, NJ) for manufacture of Hasler Feeders and K-Tron Soder line; GneuB Kunststofftechnik GmbH (Monichhusen, Germany); Ranpak Corp.
Machine Product Brief
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Case erector/sealer

The 417HS continuous high-speed case erector/bottom sealer from S.V. Dice (Walnut, CA) is engineered to run up to 60 cases/min. Its compact design allows integration into new or existing lines where floor space is scarce.
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Twister takes a whole new shape

For its Twister brand juice beverage, Tropicana North America has launched a 1.75-L (59.3-oz) heat-set bottle made of polyethylene terephthalate that the Bradenton, FL, firm describes as "the first heat-set, hot-filled (180°+) rectangular PET bottle" for a juice beverage in the U.S.
Machine Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Hot melt case erector/sealer

Running at speeds to 15 cases/min, the Pro Forma 112 hot melt case erector/sealer from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) is designed for low-volume applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Nigrelli Systems Inc: Shrink wrappers

The Encore SW is a line of servo-driven shrink wrappers from Nigrelli Systems (Kiel, WI). Designed for 24-hour production of trayed or unsupported multipack beverages, food and other products, they operate at speeds to 100 cycles/minute.
Sealing jaws heat-seal the two side edges from the bottom up through the ultrasonically-sealed top zipper area before a cut-off
Feature Article
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition

Five new hf/f/s machines allow Heinz to switch from pillow packs to stand-up, resealable zipper pouches for its Pup-Peroni and Jerky Treats dog snacks.
Controls Product Brief
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George Gordon Assoc., Inc: Automated layer pack case loading system

Layer Pac Model LP-1000 case loading system from George Gordon Associates (Nashua, NH) forms layers on a live matrix generating table to eliminate back pressure.
The redesigned bags of chopped and shelled walnuts (left) provide a stronger brand identity than did their predecessor (above).
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Mariani's sales go nuts following graphic redesign

Richer, more vibrant colors, traditional logo and product viewing window trigger strong sales gains for Mariani, a California nut grower and processor.
Machine Product Brief
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EZ-Tek Industries Inc: Case sealer

The Easy-Taper Model BB-2SS is a stainless-steel case sealer from EZ-Tek Industries (Deer Park, NY). It's designed for use in wet areas where washdown may be required.
By holding a die-cut handle at the top and shaking the bag, users can dispense ice melting compound through a mesh bottom gusset
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Bags stretch advantages for packagers and end users

Among FPA's winning packages sold at retail are a flat-bottom flexible bag made on first-of-its-kind vf/f/s machinery, a club-store bag incorporating a transverse zipper for reclosability, and a patented shaker bag that handily dispenses ice melt.
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Heinz Pet Products stands up to the competition (sidebar)

Heinz weighs benefits of scale systems
The 14-head scale system1s (top) accuracy helps Basic American Foods reduce product giveaway. While bags (inset) are marketed fo
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Foodservice bag displays retail points

Basic American Foods launches a first-of-its-kind bag for dehydrated potatoes sold to foodservice markets. Pointillistic graphics attract customers while the bag reduces secondary packaging.

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