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Boskovich tests microwavable vegetable pack

Fresh produce in convenient, value-added packaging was in abundance at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago. Among those entering this fast-growing category is Boskovich Farms.
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Clamshell is armed for retail sale

A hinged polyvinyl chloride clamshell with multiple cavities has helped Norcross, GA-based Connecticut Valley Arms strengthen its retail sales of Black Powder Rifles throughout the U.S.
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The 'slimy' side of FQPA

EPA and FDA are mucking up the approval process for slimicides and additives-at least temporarily. In addition, label changes for germicides are also at issue.
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Box boosts sales

An attractive dark green chipboard box topped with a clear lid of thermoformed polyvinyl chloride has already boosted orders this year for the Copper Mermaid line of Americana brass ornaments from Pen & Inc., Concord, NH.
Validation of Organon?s newest vial labeler was made much easier by a comprehensive validation protocol devised by the vendor.
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Labeler makes the grade

Pharmaceuticals maker Organon, Inc. relied on its equipment vendor to devise a complete validation procedure for its new labeler before it hit the production floor.
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Recycled content: Is the loop broken?

Part two of our exclusive look at recycled-content plastic packaging reports how some packagers justify using recycled resin, even in down markets. Plus, evidence that the "closing the loop" issue won't go away soon.
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Coke tests PET/PEN bottle down under

Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty. Ltd. of Sydney, Australia-an operating unit of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.-is now testing a 350-mL (11.83 oz) plastic bottle made of a polyethylene terephthalate/polyethylene naphthalate (PET/PEN) blend.
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.
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Motorized rollers

Somfy Systems (Cranbury, NJ) has added Model SPMJ to its Power Moller line of internally motorized rollers and pulleys. Model SPMJ combines the benefits of a 24 VDC brushless motor with a 1.9" standard conveyor roller dia.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Alex E. Jones & Associates Ltd. (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) represents Bemis Packaging Machinery Co.'s (Minneapolis, MN) line of bag packaging and palletizing systems in Canada.
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Q-Series two-station automated stretch wrapping system can be custom-built to meet specific application needs. The two-station configuration facilitates quicker loading and wrapping, at speeds to 40 loads/hr, depending on version.
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Shrink film bundler

The DuraTech I Series shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) uses an in-line infeed to bundle trays or multipacks at speeds to 30/min, depending on pack pattern and product size.
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Powered roller interface

Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) has introduced the Powered Roller Interface Module (PRIM). It's used to control powered roller conveyors and capture the status of the conveyor.
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Oil-shear brakes

Posistop® oil-shear brakes from Force Control (Fairfield, OH) are designed to eliminate the high maintenance associated with ordinary dry-friction brakes in stop-and-hold applications.
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Conveyor system

A new chain-in-channel conveyor system from John Burton Machine (Rodeo, CA) is available with aluminum drive-end and idle-end component assemblies. Single conveyor chains slide on lubricated nylon edges on inclines and curves, quietly moving products at speeds to 275'/min, without the noise of roller-to-roller transfers.
A plastic shutter enters the shrink wrapper, passing beneath the forming plow that wraps the film around and underneath. At the
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Wrapping up changeover

Design House's new shrink wrapping line handles packages in various lengths without the need for changeover.
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L'Oréal's bottle fishes for kids

Streamlined and decorated to resemble a fish, it's easy to imagine kids getting hooked on the new L'Oréal Kids squeezable bottle. Aimed at kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the bottle fits easily into small hands, it floats in the bathtub and it allows the sweet-smelling shampoo and conditioner aroma to emanate through the bottle itself.
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Machine vision system

Sharp Digital Information Products (Irvine, CA) has developed a new machine vision system that does color inspection and tracking at speeds to 2꼀 parts/min.

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