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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.
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Graphics, coex make for noteworthy tube

Colgate-Palmolive Canada is counting on graphics representing a trio of Looney Tunes characters from Space Jam to spark sales of its Colgate Junior brand toothpaste.
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Pallet unwrapper

MSK Covertech (Marietta, GA) has introduced the Defotech fully automatic pallet unwrap-ping machine. Designed for applications where large quantities of shrink or stretch film must be removed from pallets on a daily basis, the Defotech can unwrap up to 60 pallets/hr and then transfer the film to a baler or conveyor.
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AquaPenn bottles Gerber, adds band

Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Conveyors and automation

FlexLink Systems Co. (Bethlehem, PA) has introduced an updated full-color brochure that provides an overview of the full line of FlexLink conveyor and automation component products.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
At its new Wautoma, WI, plant, Atrium?s automatic line relies heavily on a new dual tablet/capsule counter/filler (above) and in
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Atrium earns an 'A' for bottle sealing

Induction sealing was so effective at three other plants that food supplement maker Atrium added a fourth machine at its new plant in Wautoma, WI. A fifth machine is expected shortly.
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Manual dumping station

Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) has developed a Manual Dumping Station configured for direct connection to flexible screw conveyors. It collects dust created during manual dumping of powder and bulk solid materials from bags, boxes, drums and other containers.
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Trial blister packaging system

The Trialpack 600 from Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL) is designed for fully automated clinical trial packaging. Its machine vision system makes it suited for randomized and blinded clinical trials.
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Checkweigher

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Model HW-15 checkweigher is a strain gauge weighing system with a continuous conveyor that moves packages for weighing at speeds to 65 boxes/ min.
An operator examines operating performance on the touchscreen display of Interbrew?s new bottle-stacking multipacker
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Multipacks double the ante for bottles

A European brewer is first to offer two-layer multipacks for glass bottles. The tall 24- and 30-packs present more graphic billboard area and permit easier handling for consumers.
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Case-ready packaging options

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed a brochure outlining an innovative range of case-ready packaging options to help packagers offer a greater variety of pre-packaged, premium-quality foods.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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Bulk bag unloading

K-Tron America (Pittman, NJ) has integrated K2-Modular volumetric feeders with bulk bag unloaders to provide controlled material discharge. Three twin-screw and two single-screw feeder models are available with feed rates ranging from 0.002 cu' to 560 cu'/hr.
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CR packages: another bone of contention

Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) acquired certain business interests of Feeder Systems (Vista, CA). Hoppmann also acquired exclusive rights to a labeler line from Applied Technologies, Inc.
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Stepper motor labeler

The AD-2550 stepper motor applicator from Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT) replaces the clutch/brake system of the AD-2500. The 2550's compact 15" design integrates with most vertical form/fill/seal machines, horizontal overwrappers and baggers.

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