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Controls Product Brief
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Components

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has unveiled a new 8-page brochure: "Solutions for Food & Beverage Packaging, Food Processing and Flexible Packaging." It describes how individual components such as sensors, process controllers, PLCs, timers and counters, operator interfaces, RFID and machine vision systems can work together with existing automation to provide total automation solutions.
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Materials Product Brief
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F/f/s films

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed the FS 5000 series of films, designed for hot and cold form/fill/seal packaging applications. These medium barrier, multi-layer coextruded polyolefins provide increased strength and flexibility at temperatures ranging from 212°F to
Materials Product Brief
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Auger filler

Designed for small fills, the Neotron Model 1100 auger filler from Mateer-Burt (Wayne, PA) provides accuracies within ±15 mg on a 345-mg fill for in-house testing of hygroscopic powders.
News
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Brewers turn to PET bottles, wide-mouth cans

A six-month shelf life is claimed for amber 1-L bottles of polyethylene terephthalate holding dark beers produced and marketed by Canada's Algonquin Brewing Co., Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
Controls Product Brief
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Corrugating systems

Erhardt + Leimer's Corrugated Div. (Spartanburg, SC) offers three web guiding systems for the corrugating industry that stabilize and align the web either to the machine center or in reference to the outer liner.
News
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FDA proposes additional warning on some OTC drug labels

The Food & Drug Administration wants an additional warning on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a common ingredient in weight control, cough-cold, allergy and nasal decongestant drugs.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper

The Ultramatic automatic stretch wrapping system from Weldotron (Piscataway, NJ) is designed for stretch wrapping food in trays at supermarkets and warehouse stores.
News
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Net weight check

Eleven food industry groups have asked FDA to speed issuance of a "uniform, science-based standard" for verifying the net weight and quantity of packaged goods.
Materials Product Brief
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Materials

Eastman Chemical's (Kingsport, TN) Eastman AQ 1350 Blanched Polyester can be used as a base polymer to formulate hot melt adhesives for packaging and labeling that are repulpable.
Though HDPE bottles (below left) served The Body Shop well for many years, the new look of PET (above) is viewed by the firm a
Feature Article
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No-label look hits PET bottles

For 17 years The Body Shop's hair, bath and fragrance products have been filled in HDPE bottles. Now PET is taking over, along with a disc-style closure and a no-label look.
Materials Product Brief
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Monobloc capping system

M&O Perry Industries' (Corona, CA) latest development in the Monobloc® series is a system designed for small-volume biotech applications, such as the filling of DNA-related products.
Automated bottle remover turns pucks over on their sides to allow a rod to push through a hole in the bottom of the puck and s
Feature Article
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New equipment revitalizes Amway packaging line

Filling speeds more than doubled and still continue to improve as Amway moves into full production with its new liquid filling line for men's and women's cosmetics.
Controls Product Brief
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Intermittent cartoner

Roberts Systems (Charlotte, NC) has introduced an on-demand, multi-axis servo-controlled intermittent cartoner called Servostar(TM). This multipack cartoner erects, loads, closes and seals cartons at speeds to 65/min, with 12" between cartons.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Graseby Goring Kerr (Elmhurst, IL): Erik Brainard, X-ray sales mgr.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Liquid Container, L.P. (West Chicago, IL) announced the acquisition of Plaxicon (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in a move designed to form a $150 million blow molding operation.
In the foreground are 12 freshly blown bottles waiting to be discharged by pickoff-pins. Visible in the background are 12 prefor
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Modular molds add flexibility to bottle molding

Unique system makes it easier for packagers to have custom bottles injection/ blow molded even when the number of bottles needed is relatively low.
News
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Pampryl is juiced over bottle resin

In May, French fruit juice company Pampryl began selling 11 varieties of aseptically filled juice and nectar within France in a 1-L plastic bottle. The bottle maintains the 12-month unrefrigerated shelf life of its glass predecessor.
The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.

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