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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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Magnetic cable conveyor

Walker Magnetics (Worcester, MA) will demonstrate a magnetic cable conveyor at the show. It conveys empty or full steel cans at speeds to 1ꯠ/min.
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Plastic clip system

The Plasti-Clip Line from Poly-Clip (Mundelein, IL) is a new system that uses USDA-approved plastic clips to close bagged or netted products. This makes easy metal detection possible and allows microwavability.
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Packaging Systems Automation, Inc: Transport cartoner

Packaging Systems Automation (Plymouth, MN) will introduce the IMC-612 intermittent-motion transport cartoner. Its "no flight chain" carton transport allows perfectly square cartons, says the company.
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.
A semi-automatic filler improves accuracy during filling of 1-qt cartons (left and inset
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Filler enables DriWater to eject rejects

Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
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Auger filler

AMS Filling Systems (Malvern, PA) has developed the Model SA-100 servo-driven auger filler. It fills powders, granulars, flakes, liquids, gels and pastes into flexible bags at speeds to 120 containers/min.
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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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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.
Mounted to the side ofconveyors are plastic-housed Powered Roller Interface Modules (PRIMs). Each PRIM controls four conveyor ?
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USPS ups efficiency with 'smart' conveyor controls

Powered rollers and photoelectric sensors are networked by computer throughout 11ꯠ' of retrofitted conveyor used to direct mail within the U.S. Postal Service's Carol Stream, IL, facility. Noise levels, maintenance costs and electrical consumption are all reduced.
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filler

The Millennium 400 system from All-Fill (Exton, PA) has a servo motor-controlled timing screw system that precisely positions each container through each stage of the filling sequence: tare measurement, filling, weighing, top-off, final weighing and exit.
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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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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Low-profile conveyors

Dorner Mfg. (Hartland, WI) offers CE-marked low-profile conveyors and gearmotors that comply with European safety directives. The 2100 Series is offered in widths from 1" to 40", and lengths from 1' to 100'.
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Desiccare, Inc: Oxygen scavenger

The O-Buster non-toxic, hygienic, odorless oxygen scavenger from Desiccare (Richland, MS) is designed to prevent mold and odor formation and oxidation.
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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.
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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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A-B hopes bowling pin bottle is a strike

Last month, bowling alleys across the country began serving beer in an exclusive package they can call their own. The package is a 16-oz bottle of Budweiser shaped like a bowling pin, from Anheuser-Busch, St.
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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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