Machinery

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TMC: Cartoning system

A new vertical cartoner with slat counter and high-speed wrapper is available from TMC (Elk Grove Village, IL). The continuous-motion system is designed for packaging confectionery, pharmaceutical, and other free-flowing, count-fill products into cartons or containers.
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Compacker: Case packer

The End-packer II-3 from Compacker (Davenport, IA) provides automatic case erecting, product accumulation, loading and choice of hot melt or p-s tape sealing.
Materials Product Brief
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Omega Design Corp.: Shrink bundler

Omega Design Corp.'s (Exton, PA) Classic Shrink bundler is featured in a color catalog. Suited for pharmaceutical, personal care, food, liquor and specialty chemical product packaging, the shrink-bundler automatically collates and packages containers or cartons into a unitized bundle that is protected against label marring.
Controls Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Transverse zipper

The Advantage T-Zip is a compact system that applies a transverse zipper onto the tops of packages created on a vertical form/fill/seal machine. From Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL), the system can be retrofit to existing belt-drive Triangle machines.
Controls Product Brief
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Can end maker

Rychiger MHM machines from Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) make consumer-friendly, peelable membrane can ends with no sharp edges.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Modular Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has been appointed North American distributor for Mario A. Cricca S.A. blister packaging made in Argentina.
The monoblock rinser/filler/capper combines 24 rinsing heads, 24 fill nozzles and six capping stations in a compact frame
Feature Article
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Bringing a glacier to the consumer

On Vancouver Island, a brand new PET bottling line fed by an in-line stretch blow-molding machine is packaging right from a glacier some of the purest water on the planet.
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Eight O'Clock tests canisters in supermarkets

Montvale, NJ-based coffee marketer Eight O'Clock Coffee is testing a composite foil/paperboard canister in New York City supermarkets for two flavors of Great Coffees of the World.
Machine Product Brief
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Key Automation: Pouch cartoner

Key Automation's (Eagan, MN) Model CCL pouch collation and display cartoning system operates at a rate faster than 1ꯠ ppm with 8 to 35 pouches per lane.
Machine Product Brief
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Schroeder Machines: Case packer

The Quadnumatic® Model 2500 case packer from Schroeder (E. Syracuse, NY) automatically collates products and loads and seals cases at speeds to 12/min.
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Dissimilar packs share honors

A powder medication inhaler and unusual bags for an ice melter and for pet food earn recognition at DuPont's 12th awards competition.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Heimann Systems Corp. (Morristown, NJ) has created a product inspection div. to manufacture and market x-ray systems for food and related industries.
Galderma?s MetroCream is now available in a reclosable clamshell package so patients can test at the doctor?s office and reclos
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An open-and-shut case for reclosability

Pharmaceutical company Galderma Laboratories switches to a reclosable clamshell for its sample size of prescription topical medicines that's 35% cheaper than before.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

G.L. Industries (Hamilton, OH) has acquired Blow Molding Automation Specialists Inc., which will become a member of G.L. Industries' Climax Packaging Machinery Co.
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Coors kicks off season with football bottle

Coinciding with the start of the National Football League season last month, Golden, CO-based Coors Brewing issued a limited-edition "Pigskin" bottle debossed with leather-like grain, dimples and stitching found on real footballs.
Machine Product Brief
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TMC: Vertical cartoning

The continuous-motion vertical flip-top cartoning system from TMC (Elk Grove Village, IL) operates at speeds as fast as 500/min. Cartoner can interface with volumetric fillers, computer scales or slat counters and is recommended for use in packaging pharmaceuticals and food products in flip-top cartons.
Feature Article
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Aseptic PE/EVOH/PE bottles hold shelf-stable infant formula

Infant formula isn't a category where you normally find a lot of packaging innovation. But this summer has brought us two interesting packaging advances in the "mother's milk" replacement business.
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Meat regs questioned

Requiring all beef and lamb sold in the U.S. be labeled "U.S.", "Imported", or "Blended with Imported" as mandated in the 1998 Agriculture Appropriations bill pending in Congress would cost the government $60 million to enforce and could hurt U.S.

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