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MAP Systems, a div. of ClearLam Packaging: Tray sealer

MAP Systems' (Des Plaines, IL) new MS-55 tabletop vacuumless gas flush tray sealer is designed for hermetically sealed home meal replacement packaging.
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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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No imported meat labeling

The food industry breathed a sigh of relief when House and Senate conferees agreed to drop from the 1999 Agriculture Appropriations bill a requirement that all fresh and processed meat products containing imported beef or lamb be labeled "imported." The labeling requirement would have covered everything from ground beef to frozen dinner entrees.
Controls Product Brief
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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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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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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.
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.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

CCL Labeling Equipment Div. (Ontario, CA) has moved its headquarters and West Coast mfg. plant to a 46ꯠ sq' facility at 4083 E. Airport Dr., Ontario, CA 91761; phone: 909/605-8213, fax: 909/605-6203.
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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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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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Fischbein Company: Bag sealer

Fischbein's (Statesville, NC) PILS-200 Super Pinch(TM) inner liner sealer handles pinch-style multi-wall paper bags with plastic liners. Running at up to 90'/min, this single compact machine first seals the inner liner, then the outer bag, resulting in sift-proof closure and better moisture barrier.
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FDA sued over bio-tech labeling

Two advocacy groups have sued the FDA, charging the agency's testing and labeling policies for genetically engineered foods violate its statutory mandate to protect public health.
On Valley's newest 200'-long labeling/sortation/collating line, cassettes, CDs and videos are manually loaded into the 10 dispen
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A new record for distributed control

Music distributor Valley Media cuts downtime by more than 50% on its newest labeling/sortation/collating line. A network of micro PLCs controls the line as well as gathers performance data to speed troubleshooting.
Controls Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: All-Fill Inc: Auger system

All-Fill (Exton, PA) has introduced a color catalog sheet featuring its servo motor direct-drive Multi-Fill auger systems. These provide fast, accurate, multi-positioned dispensing of powders and viscous products typically encountered with vf/f/s machines, horizontal thermoformers, strip packers, pocket vacuum formers, pouch makers and rotary cup machines.
These images, taken directly from the camera, show a neat layer and an irregular layer. The pallet on the right shows how skewed
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Robot gains 'eyesight'

Guided by a simple, compact vision system, a robotic depalletizer picks three 65-lb bags of seed at a time, handling even the most irregular loads without failing.
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Fresh graphics for U.K. water bottler

Applied ceramic labeling has revitalized the 250- and 750-ml fluted white flint glass containers of natural mineral water from Decantae Mineral Water Ltd.
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What's critical in project documentation?

Documentation was easily the most valued service for turnkey providers. Here's what a variety of engineers seek at the end of projects.

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