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Panels used to build office cubicles are stretch wrapped on a  horizontal stretch wrapper with metallocene-resin-based stretch f
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Metallocenes make their mark

Steelcase Inc. uses one of the first-available metallocene stretch films for wrapping cubicle wall panels. Downgauging keeps costs in check.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Printpack, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) will close its San Leandro, CA, and Dayton, OH, converting plants, which were part of its recent acquisition of James River's (Richmond, VA) Flexible Packaging Div.
Software included in the Food Label Design kit enables designers to incorporate appropriate Nutrition Facts panels into their pa
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Hershey kisses NLEA headaches goodbye

Graphic designer at Hershey Chocolate uses software nutrition kit to simplify compliance with NLEA regulations.
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Rotary filler

The EASI-63 is an economical monobloc filler/capper from Fogg Filler (Holland, MI) designed for low- to medium-volume applications. It runs at speeds to 60 containers/min, in sizes up to 1 gal.
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Case/tray packer

sterbergs (Gteborg, Sweden) has launched a new case/tray packer called the WA/BR 6000. Servo-driven machine allows quick changes between packing patterns, as well as customized patterns to meet production requirements and product design.
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Vision software

Systech (Cranbury, NJ) has developed TIPS(TM) advanced vision and packaging automation solutions, a software program that allows manufacturers of food, beverages, or cosmetics to upgrade manual and mechanical visions systems.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Printing press mfrs. Aquaflex Systmes Inc. (Boucherville, Quebec, Canada) and Webtron (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) have created a new Hong Kong-based subsidiary called Aquaflex/ Webtron Hong Kong Ltd.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
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Pump placement

New dispensing pump placement equipment from Mengibar Automation (Ivyland, PA) can unscramble, insert and tighten at up to 380 items/min. Its unique anti-jam mechanism minimizes operator intervention.
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Chub case packing

Thiele-Frontier Products (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced a patented technology for case packing of chub packages. Because chub packages are typically soft and inconsistently shaped, they've had to be hand loaded.
Many lines of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products come in packs distinguished through the use of colors, for easy label mat
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FDA rule on cut labels for drugs could draw blood

Agency may require automated verification of labels for both unit packages and shelf packs. Visual verification by color will be eliminated.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
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Chub case packing

Thiele-Frontier Products (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced a patented technology for case packing of chub packages. Because chub packages are typically soft and inconsistently shaped, they've had to be hand loaded.
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Standards of identity

Modern technologies and processes are producing new versions of familiar food products that are tastier, more healthful or more nutritious. But because their composition may change significantly, these foods may not be called by their traditional names under current Standards of Identity (SI).
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Indenting machine

The new TB 986 tabletop indenting machine from Algene Marking (Garfield, NJ) uses pressure and steel type to indent up to two lines of text into folding cartons or blister cards.
Preen and Preen ?n Green weed preventer are now available in a new large-size 4-gal preformed paperboard container (right).
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Growing an identity

In a world of bags, new large-size preformed paperboard containers heighten visibility and boost sales for 15-lb packages of Lebanon Seaboard's Preen weed preventer.
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Case/tray packer

Len E. Ivarson (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced the Meco Pak Model 90-6011. This automatic wraparound case, tray and lid packer is designed to pack cans, jars, tubs, bottles, bags and wrapped food products at speeds to 20 cases/min.
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Drive rollers

A line of drive rollers from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) provides a simple and economical means for building powered roller conveyors in pallet handling, cargo handling and packaging machinery applications.

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