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Baldor Electric Company: AC motors

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) offers three-phase Inverter Drive® and Vector Drive® AC motors designed for adjustable-speed applications. These include conveyors, pumps, fans and material handling equipment not requiring full torque at low or zero speed.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson (Amherst, OH): David Mancuso, vp, Powder Systems Group; Ernest J. Fena, general mgr., Liquid Systems Group.
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.
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Making do
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Water bottling line completed by farmer (sidebar)

Selecting containers
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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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.
Labels of the five wines below were winners of recent competitions sponsored by the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute and
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A good year for wine labels

Reflecting a surge in the wine industry, wine labels take precedence at recent awards competitions.
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.
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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Donnybrook over spring brooks

FDA considers whether bottled water labels should carry information on levels of ingredients, contaminants and chemicals.
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Hair volumizers launch in brushed aluminum

A unique aerosol can with a brushed aluminum finish and complementary oversized aluminum overcap is providing an upscale look for Minneapolis, MN-based Regis Corp.'s Volum hair volumizer product line.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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

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