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Norwood Marking Systems: Continuous-motion stamper

Clear imprints in a continuous-motion application are now possible with CodeRunner from Norwood Marking (Downers Grove, IL). Designed for easy mounting to form/fill/seal lines and overwrappers and labelers, the system produces nonsmearing imprints of lot numbers, pull dates, pricing and other information at up to 250 cycles/min at speeds to 1귔"/min.
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Materials Product Brief
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InfraPak, Inc: Stretch wrappers

Infra Pak (Farmers Branch, TX) will show four pieces of stretch-wrapping equipment: EZ-DUZ-IT® Plus, Sidewinder(TM) 4 low-profile, Wrap-N-Weigh® high-profile and Sidewinder(TM) (shown) rotary tower series.
Controls Product Brief
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Mettler-Toledo Safeline Inc: Metal detection software

Upgraded SafeNet Plus software from Safeline (Tampa, FL) permits up to 50 metal detectors to be linked to one PC. The enhanced software reports on time-and-date-stamped rejection incidents, real-time status of each detector on the network, historical data on testing and shift reports.
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Jams and jellies take to PET

Recent advances in injection stretch/ blow molding technology have made it possible for food marketers to hot-fill foods into wide-mouth jars made of heat-set polyethylene terephthalate.
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Herbal labeling?

In a late September meeting, there remained disagreement between the herbal remedy industry and regulators over what types of claims should be allowed on herbal remedies.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Brio Industries (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) has acquired a high-speed PET and glass bottling line from Ocean Spray Cranberries for its Vancouver, British Columbia, plant.
Machine Product Brief
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Greydon Inc: Reciprocating intermittent-motion codes

Greydon Inc.'s (York, PA) GC-440 reciprocating ink printer has a 4" x 4" print area, which makes it possible to print an entire Nutrition Facts box on a package.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Multi-Color Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) and Buriot Intl. (Batavia, OH) have entered into a joint sales and marketing agreement to provide manufacturers with in-mold labels and blow-molded and injection-molded packaging
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Supplier news: International agreements

National Label Co. (Lafayette Hill, PA) and Harland Machine Systems (Manchester, England) have formed an alliance to sell and distribute Harland Labeling Systems throughout North America and Puerto Rico.
Materials Product Brief
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Void-fill system

Fromm Airpad (Naperville, IL) has introduced the Airpad void-fill system, which is said to produce lower cost/cu' than loose-fill, paper, foam or bubble packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Lakewood Mfg.: Net weight filler

Designed to fill four plastic clamshells at a time with loose, flowing product, the SP 450 net weight filler from Lakewood (Holland, MI) features independent weigh hoppers over each of four filling heads.
Materials Product Brief
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Franklin Automation, Inc: F/f/s machine

The B1M automatic f/f/s system from Franklin Automation (Sugar Grove, IL) thermoforms PVC/PET blisters before heat-sealing them to paperboard or foil backing at a rate of 48 to 50 pieces/min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Westvaco Corp. (New York, NY) will expand its consumer packaging div. operations in Richmond, VA, installing a new, state-of-the-art offset printing press and creating a center for graphic packaging and structural design.
Controls Product Brief
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Transfers

Span Tech's (Glasgow, KY) 6-Roller Powered Transfer can handle square or round parts as small as 33.53mm (1.32") across. For safety and easy maintenance, the transfer's bridge pops out if a product jams or conveyor contamination occurs.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Clariant Masterbatches Div. (Easton, MD) has completed installation of the latest-generation, multilayer blow-molding system at its McHenry, IL, personal care packaging center.
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No imported meat labeling

The food industry breathed a sigh of relief when House and Senate conferees agreed to drop from the 1999 Agriculture Appropriations bill a requirement that all fresh and processed meat products containing imported beef or lamb be labeled "imported." The labeling requirement would have covered everything from ground beef to frozen dinner entrees.
Materials Product Brief
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Amplas: Bagging equipment

Amplas (Green Bay, WI) is introducing four machines in the bag-making, sealing and filling category. MS1400-S (shown) produces side-welded utility bags, zipper closure sandwich bags and diaper bags.
Controls Product Brief
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Prime Equipment, Inc: Hf/f/s

Prime Equipment's (Spokane, WA) PV-8500 horizontal form/fill/seal system for reclosable zipper pouches runs at speeds up to 22 cycles/min and accommodates flexible, semi-rigid and rigid materials.

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