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Packaging Machines International: Shrink bundler

The operator-friendly SIC-25 inline shrink bundler from PMI (Elk Grove Village, IL) has a one-piece frame and a heat tunnel that's 10' long. Incorporates waist-high, film-roll loading for easy loading without shafts.
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Honey shows off in clear PET (sidebar)

A bear of a bottle
Promo Edge?s label construction uses a proprietary hot melt adhesive that requires consumers to cut into the label. The label?s
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A winning combination

A unique label construction for an on-pack game piece provides both security and low cost for the shaver division of BIC Corp.
Controls Product Brief
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Hoffman: Digital AC servo drives

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL) introduces the next-generation Ecodrive-03 family of digital AC servo drives. These drive packages provide an attractive performance/cost ratio for a variety of packaging applications, including random infeeders, vf/f/s machines, horizontal wrappers, cartoners, case packers and palletizers.
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Veryfine grabs for added sales with new bottles

The latest hot-filled plastic bottle from Veryfine has a unique grip molded into the sidewalls just above the top of the colorful full-wrap film label.
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Front/back labeler

Shorewood's (Minnetonka, MN) Model 400 opposed head front/back in-line labeler is designed for paper and film labeling at production speeds to 250 ppm.
Plant technician Terry Boocks demonstrates the ink-jet coder?s pushbutton changeover (above) as he verifies the settings against
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Pennzoil buttons up coder problems

New small-character ink-jet coders provide one-button shutdown and start-up while cutting maintenance time by at least 50% compared to previous coders.
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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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Priority One Packaging Machinery: Depalletizer

The Pro-Pal XL low-level bulk depalletizer from Priority One (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) keeps product flowing to the accumulation table at steady speeds up to 3.5 layers/min.
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Labeler

Newman's (Belle Mead, NJ) NV-II HS automatic p-s labeler requires minimal change parts to accommodate cylindrical, flat, square or oval plastic or glass containers with dia from 10 to 150 mm.
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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.
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Heisler Industries, Inc: Heisler Industries, Inc: Robotic palletizer

The multi-position 1999 Samsung PL3 Robotic Palletizer from Heisler Industries/American Productivity Group (Fairfield, NJ) transports wrapped or unwrapped trays, pails, cases and other items at a speed of 20 cycles/min.
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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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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.
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Jar line is a royal flush (sidebar)

Shrink bander, jar labeler contribute to line speed, ease
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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.

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