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NutraSweet drum labeler keeps on ticking

Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.
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In-line screw cappers

Two new in-line screw capping machines from The New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) have received USDA listings for food packaging operations. Designed for medium-speed applications, the NRC-30-HES-MP can apply caps at speeds to 150 containers/min.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Almac Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) and General Conveyor Co. Ltd. (Aurora, Ontario, Canada) have entered into a joint venture to offer a wider range of products while remaining separate companies.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Bag leak tester

The Pouch Integrity Tester from Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) is a bag integrity testing machine developed for the fresh vegetable industry.
Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
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Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
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Auger filler

The Servo 3000 auger filler from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Sturtevant, WI) uses a patent-pending "sliding key" auger adapter shaft to remove auger screws for changeovers without tools.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) will begin a $75 million capital project at its Macon, GA, paper mill for converting its remaining kraft linerboard machine for the production of coated paperboard for beverage and food packaging.
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Live roller conveyor

AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI) has released product information on the TS live roller conveyor that highlights its features and advantages. The economics, versatility and chain drive feature of the machine are highlighted.
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Bar code label printer

Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) has introduced the Orion point-of-use thermal-transfer bar code label printer. Well-suited for applications where space is limited, it has a footprint measuring 8" x 10.1".
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
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Custom chemical labels

Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) offers p-s label stock for chemical labeling applications such as drum identification. Labels can be customized to withstand most environments, or given a UV-resistant coating to meet OSHA regulations.
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PVC blister film

Mirrex® 1025 PVC pharmaceutical blister film from American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) provides faster cycle times, and forms at temperatures as low as 67° C.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MULTI-FILL Inc. (Sandy, UT) will purchase the complete line and inventory of the MPFS and MPFM volumetric pocket fillers from HEMA U.S.A. Inc. (Sandy, UT).
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Bundler offers tear strip

EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) offers film perforation as a standard option on most new bundling systems, or as a retrofitted option on existing systems.
At top, Boston Beer?s Samuel Adams brand notches the edge of its bottle label to indicate the ?best before? date on a 12-month p
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Brewers getting 'fresh'

BATF weighs brewers' petitions for freshness dating, and considers requiring brewers to disclose corporate names.
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Anti-stat conveyor for f/f/s

Easy-to-operate vertical form/ fill/seal machines from KEY-PAK Machines (Lebanon, NJ) have anti-static exit conveyors to permit the passage and safe grounding of static electrical charges created by sliding surfaces in the packaging of foods and beverages in metallized plastic film.

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