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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Vibratory conveyor

Meyer Machine's (San Antonio, TX) Magne-Flex L(TM) vibratory conveyor is suitable for the horizontal movement of raw and finished pharmaceutical materials.
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Joint Managing Directors Mal Smith (left) and Bill Walker save on engineering support costs by allowing the equipment supplier?s
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Modem bridges 8,000-mile gap

New Zealand's Grated Cheese Co. relies on its vendor's engineers for tech support of its new combination weigher-from 8ꯠ miles away.
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PSI: Conveyor stops

Newly redesigned compact cantilever slides are small but can handle high-impact loads, says manufacturer PHD (Ft. Wayne, IN). Series SA and SB Slides can carry loads for a wide variety of applications with dynamic side loads at up to 75 lb.
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Label spells it all out

A new product launch by Alberto Culver receives a major boost from an elaborate booklet/label applied to the back of the container. Now available nationwide in food, drug and mass merchandisers, the Cortexx line of two shampoos and two conditioners contain a special gelatin that can help prevent hair loss by preventing split ends.
Sanitation measures in the HEPA-filtered packaging room include full garb, mask and boots for the operator, who also passes thro
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Nature's Pleasures launches fresh-cut apple slic es

This processor may not be the first to package apple slices in an extended shelf-life MAP format. But management believes its technology gives it an edge over those who pioneered the concept.
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A different type of kitchen cleanser

Bushberry Deodorizing Liquid Soap for hands is available in scents like cucumber, lemon, vanilla and oatmeal, so it has a definite kitchen and garden tone.
Materials Product Brief
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Klockner Bartelt: Pouch packager

The RPM LU pouch packager from Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) is a horizontal form/fill/seal system that meets USDA and 3A standards for food and dairy applications.
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Rotary labeler

The Rotary p-s labeling system from CCL (Monrovia, CA) can be equipped with up to four stepper-drive labeling heads to dispense labels at speeds to 3꽤"/ min.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Datamax (Orlando, FL) and StrandWare (Eau Claire, WI) announced a strategic alliance to offer a labeling solutions package for entry-level bar-code technology users.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Epsilon Polyolefin Corp. (S. Plainfield, NJ) will invest $50 million in expanding its polyolefin shrink film line and modifying its headquarters to accommodate state-of-the-art technology, extrusion and converting capabilities.
Materials Product Brief
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Mobile blister packager

The newest version of the EZ Blister(TM) mobile blister packaging machine from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) will be shown at PackExpo West. Designed for low-volume package development, it is suitable for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications.
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Sunscreen labeling

Consumers may not realize that there are no official government standards for sunscreen protection and its labeling. Proposed rules issued by FDA, which treats sunscreen as an OTC product, have become de facto guidelines adopted by sunscreen manufacturers, with compliance high.
Case sizes produced at the plant vary widely. The palletizer adjusts to a new case height automatically thanks to a photocell u
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Alberta upgrades case handling and labeling

Maintaining maximum flexibility was a must as this Jim Beam subsidiary in Canada automated its palletizing operation. Cases now get bar codes, too.
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Closures

Suitable for tablets or powders, Waddington IP Jaycare (Carlstadt, NJ) has introduced the HingeGard® closure. Injection-molded in LDPE, the closures are hinged snap-caps that provide tamper evidence with tear bands.
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Label stock

Used for label combinations, MACtac (Stow, OH) has introduced Dual-Write(TM) DW 2141. It's constructed of a premium 50# white uncoated multi-print facesheet suitable for high-contrast laser, ink-jet and flexo processes, a specially formulated acrylic emulsion adhesive, and a 3.2 SCK white liner.
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Net weight filling machine

The SP Filler net weight filling machines from Lakewood Manufacturing (Holland, MI) are designed for bulk filling of loose, flowing product such as dried fruit, confectionery items and pet treats into boxes, bags and other containers.
The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
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Birds Eye tries fresh, not frozen

Birds Eye fresh vegetables?

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