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Is Bud ready for plastics?

Wondering what the world's biggest brewer thinks about plastic bottles for beer? Anheuser-Busch tipped its hand, ever so slightly, at a recent technical conference.
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Cases are conveyed between the uncaser and the infeed carousel of the case balancing system (left). One of the two photoeyes sho
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'Houston, We have no problem!'

Anheuser-Busch's Houston plant brews efficiency on three glass bottling lines with automated systems that accumulate cases and deliver them on demand to case packers.
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Catching the rays (sidebar)

Old MacDonald never had this kind of farm
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Total Indulgence is a total winner

Winner of the Bernard M. Seid Best of Show Award in the 35th annual awards competition sponsored by the National Assn. of Container Distributors was Tricor Packaging (St.
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ARPAC LLC: Tray loading/shrink wrapping system

Arpac's (Schiller Park, IL) BP 30-100 Series of continuous-motion tray loading and shrink wrapping systems can operate at speeds to 120 bundles/ min.
In this dual-panel pallet labeling application, the applicator arm swings out to apply a label to the front of the pallet. The
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Controls advance bar-code print/apply systems

Printer/applicator systems equipped with advanced computer controls are helping manufacturers produce more complex, customer-specific label information on cartons, cases and pallet loads.
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A 'Delicious' extension

With exotic varieties like Orange and Honey, Tomato and Basil, and Sweet Red Pepper, Heinz U.K.'s new Delicious line of salad dressings represents quite a departure from "salad cream," the traditional British salad dressing akin to American tartar sauce.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Weber Marking Systems, Inc. (Arlington Heights, IL) has established a joint venture with Compact Label Co. (Bangkok, Thailand), which, as a result, has changed its name to Weber Marking Systems (Thailand) Ltd.
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Illicit relabeling

Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.
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Eye drug warnings

Labels of popular OTC eye allergy relief drugs such as Pfizer's Visine, Ross Labs' Murine Tears Plus and Clear Eyes ACR, Bausch & Lomb's Sensitive Eyes, and other vasoconstrictor drugs containing ephedrine, naphazoline, phenylephrine, and tetrahydrozaline should include the warning "Pupils may become dilated (enlarged)," according to an FDA proposal.
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FOX IV Technologies: FOX IV Technologies: Label printer/applicator

The 8031 label printer from Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA) uses a Datamax MAX print engine to print text, bar codes and graphics at speeds to 10"/sec, and 203 dpi.
Near the end of the automated ground beef packaging line are two blow-down p-s labelers. The first (right) applies a label car
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New machines and materials fuel prepackaged fresh beef

An unusual foam tray, seven-layer coextruded lidding, a high-speed rotary backflushing/lidding machine, and weigh/price labeling let this Florida meat packer respond to supermarket demand for case-ready ground beef.
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Automated bagger

The Paxem(TM) is a new high-speed automated bagger from Colt Eng. Corp. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) that allows flexibility in product and bag sizes at high production rates.
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A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.: Palletizing retention device

A-B-C Packaging Machine's (Tarpon Springs, FL) innovative layer retention device for the Model 108 low-level bulk depalletizer is designed to eliminate problems caused when unloading bottles that have shifted during shipping.
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Fernqvist Labeling Solutions: Thermal printer

The FLS 6200 thermal printer from Fernqvist Labeling Solutions (Mountain View, CA) prints labels in widths up to 6" at a rate of 6"/sec, at a print resolution of 203 dpi.
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Baldor Electric Company: AC motors

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) offers three-phase Inverter Drive® and Vector Drive® AC motors designed for adjustable-speed applications. These include conveyors, pumps, fans and material handling equipment not requiring full torque at low or zero speed.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson (Amherst, OH): David Mancuso, vp, Powder Systems Group; Ernest J. Fena, general mgr., Liquid Systems Group.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.

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