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Arotating plate ?broadcasts? or spreads yeast into a bisected funnel (above, inset) that channels the flow of yeast into two ja
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Jar line is a royal flush

Universal Foods' Red Star Yeast Div. boosts production five-fold with a new jar line. Nitrogen flushing consistently reduces headspace oxygen below 1%.
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Sidel Inc: Sidel Inc: Side-load case packer

Model SB27 side-loading case packer from Cermex, Groupe Sidel (Norcross, GA) is designed for the strict hygienic requirements faced by the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
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P&G tests snacks in stand-up, resealable pouches

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble has begun test-marketing Eagle-brand snack foods in stand-up pouches with zipper reclosures. The test, which began in August, is only in Portland, ME.
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Welch's 'concentrates' on plastic can

Under development for nearly eight years, an all-plastic, easy-open, microwavable canister is now appearing in East Coast freezer cases holding several varieties of frozen juice concentrates for Welch's, Concord, MA.
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Kaufman Container Company: "No glug" oblongs

New 32- and 64-oz HDPE K-style handled oblongs from Kaufman Container (Cleveland, OH) have 33-400 neck finishes that emphasize the "no glug" feature.
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Packaging keeps evolving...from able, to active, to anticipating

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Schroeder Machines: Case packer

Operating at speeds to 30 cases/min, the Model 3000 robotic case packer from Schroeder (East Syracuse, NY) uses a linear pick-and-place device to transport light, unstable packages from the infeed conveyor to the section of the machine for pack pattern forming.
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Douglas Machine Inc: Shrink wrappers

The four models of Douglas Machine's (Alexandria, MN) Multi-Wrap series of shrink wrappers are designed to handle containers as large as 1.5 L. They run at speeds up to 100 cycles/min-a rate that can be doubled by integrating a Dual Stream option for dividing product, then splitting film to wrap and shrink in two lanes.
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Cellulose film is a star

Candy maker Bonbons Napoleon NV has started packaging its sweets in UCB Films' (Smynra, GA) Star-Twist(TM) 315 XC.
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Towelette container

A compact towelette container from Continental Glass & Plastic (Chicago, IL) is now available. The blow-molded, HDPE container with injection-molded cap is suitable for jewelry cleaners, insect repellents and skin cleansers.
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Tharo Systems, Inc: Labeling software

Tharo Systems, Inc. (Brunswick, OH) has released EasyLabel Version 2.1 for Microsoft Windows, a product identification and bar-code labeling software package.
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Candy container for captured creatures

Amurol Confections had kid collectors in mind with its Bug City package, a polystyrene jar filled with 2.4 oz of insect-shaped candy tarts. The Bug City product is not new.
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Standard-Knapp: Versatile tray packer

The new Continuum® tray packer from Standard-Knapp (Portland, CT) offers 15-min, no-tool changeover by a single operator. Handles everything from small food jars up to #10 cans.
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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.
Kyle McMullen (above), president of Newhall Coffee Roasting Company, also serves as packaging engineer and machine operator for
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
The first PEN bottle of Pulmotil AC to reach the marketplace was the 250-mL size, shown here with its extended text label. The l
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Lilly likes PEN for veterinary product

A new treatment for respiratory problems in pigs and chickens is administered in the field, where the breakability of glass packaging is a concern. A homopolymer PEN bottle provides a shatter-resistant answer and delivers all the shelf life needed.
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B&H Labeling Systems: Roll-fed labeler

The Model 2600 roll-fed labeler from B&H (Ceres, CA) labels containers measuring 2" to 5" in dia and 6 oz to 3 L in volume at speeds to 500 cpm.
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Horix Manufacturing Co.: Filler/capper monoblocks

Horix (Arlington, VA) will unveil the Ave Series of small filler/capper monoblocks. On display will be a unit consisting of 12 filling valves and three capping heads, available as either a gravity or pressurized filler.

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