Machinery

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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Zipper packaging system

The Advantage ZP1 from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is a zipper packaging system for pouches that uses an integrated zipper applicator to run LDPE or supported films.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) has acquired Mayan Automation (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), a supplier of inspection systems for the plastics, nonwoven and converting industries
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HDPE-based Tropicana bottles project fresh, 'local dairy' image

In the first stage of a national roll-out, coextrusion blow-molded bottles for Tropicana FruitWise smoothies are finding a place in the refrigerated cases of supermarkets in Cleveland and several other markets.
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New kids' Tylenol label

In line with recommendations from FDA's over-the-counter drug advisory committee, labels of Tylenol will begin warning parents of the danger to children from overdosages.
A checkweigher verifies that each bag has the correct tablet count (left), eliminating the need for an operator to verify counts
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Vitamins in a vacuum

Vacuum packages of vitamin tablets in foil, believed to be a first, provide Amway's Nutrilite Div. with a unique look for Pacific Rim markets.
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More country-of-origin opposition

Opponents of the U.S. Customs Service's proposed mandatory front-panel country-of-origin marking picked up two strong consumer-oriented allies when both Washington, DC-based consumer advocacy group Public Voice for Food and Health Policy and the National Consumers League (NCL) submitted comments against the requirement.
Materials Product Brief
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Bell Inc: Thermal-transfer printer

Bell-Mark's (Pine Brook, NJ) EasyPrint Flow is a compact, programmable thermal-transfer printer designed as an alternative for conventional hot stamp and ink coders on horizontal flow wrappers, baggers, cartoners and continuous-moving webs.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to establish an independent food safety agency. It would consolidate all food safety, inspection and labeling functions now spread among various government agencies.
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Congress tries to wrap up approval process

Companies using new materials would have to submit to the FDA a notification of intent to market, and the agency would have 120 days to rule. But fees are likely to be charged for the first time.
Materials Product Brief
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Sealed Air Corporation: Protective cushioning

Shrink Pak(TM) cushioning material combines shrink wrapping and "bubbled" cushioning. The patented product from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) conforms around the object(s) when heat is applied.
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Supplier news: International agreements

TTEM, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico City, Mexico) will represent PC Industries' (Glenview, IL) line of video web inspection equipment in Mexico.
Controls Product Brief
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.
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Krones, Inc: New technology orients handles on rotary pail labelers

A new pail labeler technology from Krones (Franklin, WI) allows handle orientation on rotary labelers. Mechanically orients container handles, permitting application speeds of 25 handled pails/min, or 50/min without orientation.
An operator loads ends into a vertical pocket on one of nine Rotofeeder machines located on a mezzanine level at La Coste?a (lef
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End feeders zip chili pepper packing

Equipment that automatically feeds ends to can seamers helps Mexico City-based La Coste"a meet rising demand for its chili peppers. The feeders also save 70% in labor costs and improve overall efficiency at a two-year-old plant.
Materials Product Brief
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Streamfeeder: Friction feeder

Streamfeeder's (Minneapolis, MN) SB Batch Dropper Universal Friction Feeder(TM) is a high-speed batch counter, accumulator and dropper. It separates and singulates a wide range of products including envelopes, greeting cards and other printed materials.
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Alcan Packaging: Label registration system

Lawscan(TM), Lawson Mardon Packaging's (Northbrook, IL) patent-pending scanning system, is designed to facilitate precise label registration and decrease set-up time of roll-fed labelers.
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Rockwell Automation: Machine vision software

Color Blister-Pak(TM) AO3 is updated Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Bloomington, MN) software that runs on A-B's Color Configurable Vision Input Module.
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Kiwi Coders Corp.: Carton printer

Designed to facilitate just-in-time ordering without the need for preprinted inventory, the Series 1020 carton printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) prints scannable bar codes and other variable product information on cases, cartons, blister cards and corrugated sheets at speeds to 80 cartons/ min.

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