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ID Technology: Ink-jet system with reject station

I.D. Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) has designed a custom high-resolution ink-jet coding system that prints, scans and verifies bar codes on two sides of a case or carton.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has acquired four French converting operations and a paper mill from La Rochette Group (Paris, France).
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Supplier news: Achievements

Westvaco's (New York, NY) Dr. Richard E. Nordgren won the George Olmsted Award from the American Forest and Paper Assn. for developing an improved register controller for high-speed converting equipment.
Materials Product Brief
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Slautterback Corp.: Hot melt data sheet

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is offering a full-color data sheet describing its new HD1 Head Driver designed to enhance electric head-valve performance in a hot melt adhesive applicator system.
Materials Product Brief
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Net-weigh filling machines

Fill-Weigh (Plainfield, IL) has introduced a portable two-head net-weigh filling machine for jugs and pails of liquid products of varying viscosities.
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Catching the rays (sidebar)

Old MacDonald never had this kind of farm
Machine Product Brief
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FOX IV Technologies: FOX IV Technologies: Label printer/applicator

The 8031 label printer from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) uses a Datamax MAX print engine to print text, bar codes and graphics at speeds to 10"/sec, and 203 dpi.
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Eye drug warnings

Labels of popular OTC eye allergy relief drugs such as Pfizer's Visine, Ross Labs' Murine Tears Plus and Clear Eyes ACR, Bausch & Lomb's Sensitive Eyes, and other vasoconstrictor drugs containing ephedrine, naphazoline, phenylephrine, and tetrahydrozaline should include the warning "Pupils may become dilated (enlarged)," according to an FDA proposal.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
Machine Product Brief
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Fernqvist Labeling Solutions: Thermal printer

The FLS 6200 thermal printer from Fernqvist Labeling Solutions (Mountain View, CA) prints labels in widths up to 6" at a rate of 6"/sec, at a print resolution of 203 dpi.
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Illicit relabeling

Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.
The label from the Just Pik?t brand emphasizes the juice is not pasteurized but rather frozen when it?s fresh
Feature Article
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Donnybrook over spring brooks (sidebar)

Putting the squeeze on fresh fruit juice
Feature Article
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
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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.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Palletizing retention device

A-B-C Packaging Machine's (Tarpon Springs, FL) innovative layer retention device for the Model 108 low-level bulk depalletizer is designed to eliminate problems caused when unloading bottles that have shifted during shipping.
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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.
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.

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