Machinery

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Case packer for pouches

The Efficia 100 case packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is designed to pack a wide variety of individually pouched products such as coffee, iced tea and cereal into a case.
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Unit-dose splitter

The HUD (hospital unit-dose) Splitter from Sepha (Irvine, CA) is designed to cut hospital unit-dose blister packs into single packs without affecting the seal or product identification information.
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Capper/uncapper

Sure Torque (Bradenton, FL) has introduced a laboratory-quality table-top capper/uncapper for the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. It's accurate to 0.5 in-lb and uses sealed motors and clutches for cleanliness.
Controls Product Brief
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Quick-change feature

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) ChaseLock(TM) instant-release, vial-and-stopper feeder bowl-and-track system is now available on the company's FS Series of filling and stopper insertion machines.
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Hand-load cartoner

Adco's (Sanger, CA) new hand-load cartoner is designed to erect, close and seal cartons containing stacks of paper or other flat stackable items at speeds to 30 cartons/min.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Packaging Automation (Eagan, MN) has introduced the PAC 2020, an economic vertical form/fill/seal machine designed to accommodate a range of bag sizes and materials.
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Blister packaging machine

An operational Model 4SC69 four-station blister packaging machine will be on display at Alloyd (DeKalb, IL). This automatic rotary heat-sealing machine is designed for space efficiency and reliability, and it reaches speeds to 20 cycles/min.
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.
Semi-automatic capping (above) helps Nakano Foods keep capital costs down as it gauges demand for new products like its Mitsukan
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Flexible filling for salad dressings

Japanese food company Nakano Foods tests U.S. demand for its salad dressings with a flexible moderate-volume filling line.
A prewrapped lamp base is lowered into the lower base layer of Enviromold within a carton
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'Green' lights for Cambridge

This lighting and accessory manufacturer switched from paper-based void fill to a biodegradable mold-in-place system that sheds light on productivity and environmental issues.
News
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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.
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Vertical f/f/s system

The Vegatronic® CM 400 is a continuous-film-motion vertical form/fill/ seal machine from Ilapak (Newtown, PA). Film tracking capabilities permit fin seals as small as 1/8" at speeds to 190 bags/min.
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Biodegradable polyester

DuPont Films (Wilmington, DE) has introduced a hydro/biodegradable polyester that is said to decompose without harm to the soil or environment. A modified PET polymer, Biomax can be made into fibers, films or resins, and has a melting point of around 200°C.
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Metal detector

A new second-generation variable frequency metal detector from Graseby Goring Kerr (Amherst, NY) can be used to inspect fresh or frozen products with either metallized or non-metallized films on the same production line.
News
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Flow wrappers

The Flowtronic 120SE from GEI Autowrappers (Wayne, PA) is capable of reaching speeds to 400 packs/min. Specifications for up to 20 different products can be retrieved with push-button control.
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Company brochure

Display Pack (Grand Rapids, MI) has released a brochure on its converting and contract packaging capabilities. Six-, five- and two-color presses for printed packaging materials are described.

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