Machinery

Materials Product Brief
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Case sealer brochure

This four-page brochure focuses on Padlocker's (Tamarac, FL) 350 Series of case sealers. It lists features and specifications, optional accessories, and dimensions for case-size ranges.
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Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA) opened a branch office in Querétaro, Mexico.
Mebane Packaging Group?s new eight-station ultraviolet flexo press (above right) produces near-offset quality reproduction for a
Feature Article
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UV flexo technology provides economic relief

Narrow-web UV flexo press allows folding carton converter Mebane Packaging to reduce costs, while it increases flexibility for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Controls Product Brief
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Machine vision system

The SmartImage Sensor from DVT (Norcross, GA) inspects for presence/absence, orientation, position and size. FrameWork 1.2, a Windows®-based software user interface, allows subpixel measurement and math computation skills.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Osgood Industries Inc. (Oldsmar, FL) now represents Schaefer & Flottmann (Gevelsberg, Germany), a manufacturer of case/traypackers and palletizing equipment, and Fisher-Mathews (Banbury, England), a manufacturer of sleeve wrapping equipment for cups, bottles and trays.
Controls Product Brief
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Servo drive

Indramat's (Hoffman Estates, IL) new Sercos fiber-optic interface version of the Ecodrive digital servo drive economically integrates motion control functions, amplifier, power supply and axis I/O functions in a single unit.
Materials Product Brief
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Metallocene film

Union Camp (Wayne, NJ) is now offering metallocene LLDPE film converted into finished bags or rollstock. The metallocene film can be used for heavy-duty shipping sacks, form/fill/seal packaging or bags for frozen products.
Feature Article
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Getting noticed is now packaging mission #1

In today's market, there are more serious packaging developments than the emergence of beverage containers with walls purposefully bent out of shape.
Materials Product Brief
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Iron supplement regs

An informative packet from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) is designed to help manufacturers of iron-containing supplements comply with the new FDA regulations that require unit-dose packaging to prevent accidental ingestion by children.
Controls Product Brief
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Intermittent-motion cartoner

R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) has redesigned its (IMS) Intermittent-Motion Servo-Driven cartoner for cartoning multiple-product units. It can load a variety of products into display or point-of-purchase cartons, or shippers or overpack cartons at speeds to 100 cartons/min.
News
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Rhapsody in blue

Rochester, NY-based Global Beverage's striking cobalt blue-tinted polyethylene terephthalate container is credited with firing up sales of its Bl Botol brand spring water since it debuted about 10 months ago.
Controls Product Brief
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Multipack cartoner

Model TC-60ST multipack cartoner is an intermittent-motion cartoner from Tisma Machinery (Elk Grove Village, IL) designed for pouched, bagged, wrapped, cartoned and blister-packed products.
Controls Product Brief
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Auger filler

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery's (Sturtevant, WI) new 2000L auger filler meets economy auger filling applications while offering the precision control of a direct-drive system.
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Shelf present

With so many salon haircare products available today, it can be difficult for one brand to stand out, especially when competing with big names like Paul Mitchell and Aveda.
Cups are denested and sent into the packaging line by two rotary cup feeders, each of which holds 20 stacks of 50 nested cups.
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The king of cups

Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
Controls Product Brief
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Blister thermoformer

The Bosch TLT 1400 is a new blister thermoforming system from TL Systems (Minneapolis, MN) that uses a PLC to control servo motors rather than a mechanical drive.
An operator applies an updated price code to a package by sending it past an ink-jet coder.
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What price flexibility?

Mexican pharmaceuticals maker Byk Gulden relies on ink-jet coding to react faster when economic conditions require price changes to already-marked packages.
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Matrix finds 'suede' takes special handling

The use of a new copolymer for its 'soft feel' requires special care in container handling to preserve its appearance for men's haircare line. That risk wins a Best of Show in the National Assn. of Container Distributors competition.

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