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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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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.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: High-speed rotary capper

New tangential-infeed rotary capper from U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has 24 heads for speeds to 700 bpm. Accepts containers at the capping head from the infeed screw for immediate cap application to eliminate brim spilling.
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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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Fernqvist Labeling Solutions: Label printer

FLS Ovation 2 from Fernqvist Labeling Solutions (Mountain View, CA) is a high-quality, compact and economical label printer available as direct thermal or as optional thermal transfer.
At Kraft Foods? Tarrytown, NY, development laboratories, co-op students work side-by-side with experienced professionals like Ri
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Career fairs: How some companies 'precruit'

Many companies look for packaging professionals at schools with packaging curricula, and some successful companies begin the process before students even graduate.
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Portola Packaging, Inc: Certified bottling equipment

The 5-gal water bottling equipment from Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has been certified by NSF. Using a bacteriological swab test, Portola's washers were tested to NSF standard 3 for sanitization efficacy using ozone as a disinfectant.
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Irradiation update

On August 17, FDA modified its labeling requirements for irradiated foods, eliminating the requirement that the irradiation disclosure be displayed prominently.
Materials Product Brief
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National Adhesives: National Adhesives: Labeling adhesive

The National® 34-4942 hot melt adhesive for roll-fed labeling machines from National Starch & Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) is said to permit trouble-free machining without slinging or stringing.
Controls Product Brief
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Vf/f/s for pouches

PC 18 vf/f/s machine from GEI Mateer (Exton, PA) produces pouches from 11/2" to 12" W to hold product volumes from 1/4 oz to 1 gal. Handles pumpable products like liquid cheese, as well as particulates up to 11/2".
Materials Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Checkweigher

Model MW-16 is a continuous, non-porous conveyor belt from All-Fill (Exton, PA). Its maximum 80/min operating speed works for medium-sized cases, corrugated boxes, bulk-bagged product and other containers.
Materials Product Brief
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Portola Packaging, Inc: Snap-on cap

Portola Packaging's (San Jose, CA) 38-mm snap-on Clem 1 cap has a patented horizontal pull tab suitable for dairy and juice beverage bottlers. The horizontal tear strip on the injection-molded LDPE cap's base provides effective external tamper evidence for consumers.
Machinery builders listened to this panel explaining what manufacturers want in training to accompany machine or line purchases:
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Machinery trainers need upgrading

Three major manufacturers emphasize how important training has become when they evaluate packaging equipment to buy. Too often, technician/trainers know machines, but not how to teach.
A side view of one of Mount Rose?s two vf/f/s machines (left) shows the scale buckets that feed a custom-designed discharge hopp
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Mount Rose weighs gains from vf/f/s equipment

Two custom vertical form/fill/seal machines help frozen pasta co-packer Mount Rose Ravioli handle the output from processing equipment, increase its speeds and save more than $200ꯠ/yr through reduced labor and product giveaway costs.
Materials Product Brief
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Toray Plastics (America): OPP film

New 50-ga PCF, a metallized OPP film from Toray Plastics (North Kingstown, RI), provides a "drop-in" alternative to foil in multi-layer barrier extrusion laminations.
Glaxo Wellcome keeps packaging engineers like Melissa Bonner (far left) invested in their jobs by asking them to participate in
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Keep work interesting, and they'll stay

To keep good packaging professionals, say the experts Packaging World talked to, challenge them with interesting work. Let them be creative, autonomous, even entrepreneurial.
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Print-and-apply unit

Alpha Dot USA (Belle Mead, NJ) introduces the Eclipse, an advanced print-and-apply thermal-transfer labeling system for secondary package identification.

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