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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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Injection/stretch blow-molded bottles

PVC Container (Eatontown, NJ) now has injection/stretch blow-molding capabilities and offers a line of stock PET bottles, as well as custom sizes.
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Stretch wrapping brochure

Gerrard & Co. (Des Plaines, IL) has released a brochure describing its line of operator-controlled, turntable stretch wrapping systems. Four new models highlighted include: the stack-n-wrap, manual spiral wrapper, GLPS-30, and the GLPS-30A.
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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.
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Origin labeling proposal under fire

The food industry is stepping up its efforts to quash once and for all efforts by the U.S. Customs Service to require country of origin marking on the front panels of packages of frozen fruits and vegetables.
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Bottle plate technology

Krones (Franklin, WI) has introduced servo-controlled bottle plate technology, designed to replace traditionally engineered and manufactured cams and to provide accurate label placement on uniquely shaped bottles.
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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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Supplier news: Achievements

California Film Extruders & Conveyors Assn. (Corona del Mar, CA) awarded a $5ꯠ scholarship to the Los Angeles Maravilla Youth Development and Educational Foundation.
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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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RF sealing shuttle

Callanan (Elk Grove Village, IL)will introduce the Calpack RF shuttle table packaging system, a shuttle system equipped with standard blister sealing features for clamshell packages.
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Bag inserter

Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced the Series 1580 Large Drum Poly Bag Inserter. It's designed to select a gusseted PE bag from a roll, insert it into a fiber or steel drum, and cuff it over the top of the drum.
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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.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
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Rotary lidding system

Model RO112HB is a rotary lidding system from Engineered Automation (Comstock Park, MI) that uses a continuous rotary design for accurate placement of snap-on lids.
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Flow wrapper

Rose Forgrove (St. Charles, IL) will introduce a shrink film version of the servo-driven Minerva rotary jaw flow wrapper. Designed with easy operation and maintenance in mind, it's suited for applications such as bakery, medical, meat and poultry, cosmetics and snack foods.
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Design draws a bead on strong sales

The emergence of thousands of "reenacters," those participatory history buffs who restage old battles in full period dress, has created a growing need for the kind of black gun powder used in the days of the musket and powder horn.
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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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