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Continuous-feed inserter

Packagers can increase insertion rates and lower labor costs with Mid-America's (Neenah, WI) Northfield Model 1600 continuous-feed inserter. It automatically separates continuous-feed coupons or other inserts parted by perforations.
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Controls Product Brief
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USDA-approved inks

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Wisconsin Label Group's (Algoma,WI) newly created Interleave Systems (Heath, OH) subsidiary will sell labeling and packaging equipment to the printing industry.
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Squeeze and spread functions boost bottle

Mentor, OH-based Darworth Co. took advantage of August's National Hardware Show in Chicago to feature FI:X® wood patch in a bottle that literally stands on its head to be noticed.
Materials Product Brief
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Web-fed inserter

Azco's (Elmwood Park, NJ) new web-fed inserter automatically feeds inserts from a preprinted web, detects the registration mark, and dispenses the insert.
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New direction for Tradewinds

Four years and 14 flavors after its introduction, Tradewinds(TM) Tea and Juice is getting an "enhanced" look. Its producer, the Horizon Tea & Spice Co., div.
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Components assume new importance in packaging

Conveyors, coding and marking machines, and motors and drives are the components best-known to packagers who have production and engineering responsibilities.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.
Steve Daniels checks the vision system as filled and capped bottles index to a downstream cooler
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Ocean Spray's vision improves inspection

Juice maker automates vision system for detecting fill heights and cap application on PET bottles containing hot-filled juices. Productivity rises, labor costs decline, resulting in payback in less than one year.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY) also was a recipient of Gillette's Omnimark.
On the 2-oz line, the robotic head prepares to place 20 cups into a waiting case. To the left of the head is a sheet inserter th
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Robotics automate portion packing

Robotic packing cell case-packs delicate portion cups at speeds of 500 cups/min. Integrated system incorporates a stand-alone case erector and automatic tier sheet placer.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Converting Equipment Mfrs. Assn. (Springfield, NJ): Blenheim Group USA's (Fort Lee, NJ) Leo Nadolske, board of trustees member.
Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.
A custom bottle count verifier uses a burst of air to blow bottles down a Y-shaped chute equipped with multiple light curtains
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High-assurance capping, sealing & bottle counting

In addition to flexible changeover, Glaxo Wellcome's clinical trial packaging line makes a high priority of quality-assured packaging. Its capper, sealer and bottle packer/counter are designed to maximize accuracy while minimizing errors.
Materials Product Brief
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HDPE films

Process modifications have improved the tear performance of Monax® Plus oriented HDPE films produced by Tredegar Industries (Richmond, VA). Traditional paper/poly/foil/poly pouches, product overwraps and stand-up pouches are examples of packaging that can benefit from these improved films.
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Two-in-one bottle an interesting solution

For years, Glaxo Wellcome had used generic 30-cc high-density polyethylene pharmaceutical bottles to hold 60 tablets of its prescription-only Zantac® medication.
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Pairing pack styles with markets

With Bass's vast reach to more than 70 different export markets, what determines which pack style is used for a given market?
Materials Product Brief
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Powder and granular fillers

John R. Nalbach Engineering Co. (Countryside, IL) has released a brochure describing its Necoflo G4 family of powder and granular fillers. The Necoflo G4 Rotary High Speed Volumetric Filler handles rigid containers from 2" to-63/16" dia at speeds from 140 to 480 cpm.

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