Machinery

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Flag labeler

The Model 612 flag labeler from Ohio Electronics Machinery (Salem, OH) is a semi-automatic tabletop adhesive-side-up label applicator that applies "flagged" labels onto products such as power cords, hoses or other hardware items.
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Donnybrook over spring brooks

FDA considers whether bottled water labels should carry information on levels of ingredients, contaminants and chemicals.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
Fresh steaks are vacuum-packaged in clear films using an ionomer sealant layer, and then boxed for shipping
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Catching the rays

Packagers seek FDA approval of resins for use in overwrapping and trays for irradiated beef and poultry.
Designed to minimize operator bending, a custom carriage stop allows the film to stop at any height
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Carton producer stretches savings

Paper company Rock-Tenn switches from a shrink wrapping system to a customized stretch wrapper to unitize skids of paper. Benefits stretch beyond expectations.
In the final station of the intermittent-motion capper (far left), a load cell senses if torque is too low so that the bottle ca
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Torpharm aims to lead in generic drugs

Apotex creates an entirely new division to pack generic drugs for the U.S. The new facility's first packaging line is a model of efficiency and sanitation.
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Irradiation labeling

The National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) has asked U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to solicit and review public comments on labeling requirements for irradiated meat and meat products as part of its upcoming rulemaking.
Machine Product Brief
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Case erector/bottom sealer

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) has introduced a large-frame case erector/bottom sealer that automatically erects and seals up to six cases/min.
The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice
A sample print run for a Nestlé frozen novelty wrap promoting Walt Disney?s Hercules movie displays the impression-by-impres
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Digital-on-demand printing opens new markets for converter

Two six-color digital offset presses drive Watson Label Products into the packaging market. Machines specialize in short-run production of flexibles used primarily for prototyping and promotional purposes.
Bottles are conveyed up and into the bowl of the unscrambler thanks to a feeder that Ledge Rock had fabricated locally. The sam
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Water bottling line completed by farmer

To bottle its spring water in volume, Wisconsin farmer uses creativity to complete an automated bottling line. Homemade feeders and some change parts help keep total costs low.
A combination of hot melt and cold glue placement helps maintain seal integrity on citrus cases (above). Harley Nuckels (lef
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The Sunkist seal of approval

Open cases were a hassle for Sunkist Growers affiliate Baird-Neece Packing Corp. A dual hot and cold glue system solves the problem, and increases output.
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Catching the rays (sidebar)

Old MacDonald never had this kind of farm
Materials Product Brief
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Rotary blister sealers

Automatic rotary blister sealers from Starview Packaging Machinery (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) are equipped with automatic blister and card feeders, as well as an automatic unloading system for finished product.
Machine Product Brief
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: Small frame capper

U.S. Bottlers Machinery (Charlotte, NC) has introduced a 14"-pitch-dia rotary capper. Designed for smaller containers such as those used in pharmaceutical, food and chemical applications, it can reach speeds to 250 bottles/min.
The white roller on a swinging extension arm smoothes down the front of the label even as the case moves forward (above). Cases
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Dual-panel labeling saves General Time

A dual-panel corner-wrap labeler saves $50ꯠ per year over hand labeling and eliminates cumbersome preprinted label inventory.
In this dual-panel pallet labeling application, the applicator arm swings out to apply a label to the front of the pallet. The
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Controls advance bar-code print/apply systems

Printer/applicator systems equipped with advanced computer controls are helping manufacturers produce more complex, customer-specific label information on cartons, cases and pallet loads.
Supplier News
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Changes in drug packaging?

Among the findings presented at a January 8 hearing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was this disturbing FDA estimate: Some 1.3 million people are injured each year in the U.S.

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