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Rockwell Automation: Machine vision software

Color Blister-Pak(TM) AO3 is updated Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Bloomington, MN) software that runs on A-B's Color Configurable Vision Input Module.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) has acquired Mayan Automation (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), a supplier of inspection systems for the plastics, nonwoven and converting industries
Materials Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Zipper packaging system

The Advantage ZP1 from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is a zipper packaging system for pouches that uses an integrated zipper applicator to run LDPE or supported films.
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Pediatric labeling

In an October 27 public hearing on FDA's proposed regulation on mandatory pediatric labeling for drugs and biologics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended the formation of a pediatric drug labeling advisory panel to determine, among other things, which drugs really need to be studied.
Materials Product Brief
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Insert wrapping system

The VP450 film packaging system from Pfankuch Machinery (Apple Valley, MN) wraps coupons, recipes, premiums and other inserts that are placed in food packages.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
Materials Product Brief
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Peristaltic pump filler

ELF Machines (LaPorte, IN) has developed a two-head metered dispensing system suitable for laboratory or pharmaceutical applications. It fills thin and slightly viscous liquids into containers ranging from 0.25 mL to 500 mL.
A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules

Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.
Controls Product Brief
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Label-Aire: Label-Aire: Multi-labeler

Designed to meet the growing demand for incorporating electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags at the time of packaging, Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) has introduced the Multi-Labeler high-speed EAS applicator.
This 63-g refillable bottle (left) made of homopolymer PEN, developed by Coca-Cola for its mineral waters, is washed at 80?C (1
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Heat resistance leads to refillable PEN

Having learned valuable lessons from a returnable PEN bottle used by a sister company in Uruguay, Coca-Cola Germany introduces a new container made of homopolymer PEN.
Materials Product Brief
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Klockner Packaging: Continuous-motion cartoner

The Medipak Pacliner 4/200 is a new high-speed continuous-motion cartoner from Klockner Packaging Machinery (Clearwater, FL). Designed for pharmaceutical, medical device and personal care applications, it can package blister packs, tubes, small bottles, pouches or vials into cartons 60 to 150 mm (2.4" to 5.9") L x 30 to 115 mm (1.2" to 4.5") W x 12 to 90 mm (0.5" to 3.5") H at speeds to 200/min.
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Blow-molding not just for bottles anymore

A pair of protective cushions extrusion/blow-molded from 100% recycled low-density polyethylene is saving Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola over $350ꯠ/yr in material costs alone.
Redhook management appreciates the gentle handling provided by this case packer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots (sidebar)

Case handling and inspection
Materials Product Brief
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Film for bakery, confectionery

Mobil Bicor® LTSC film is a two-side coated, one-side sealable OPP film for bakery and confectionery applications available from Mobil's Films Div.
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Pediatric labeling

FDA's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that labels of OTC pediatric analgesic and antipyretic drugs could contain directions for children down to two months of age.
Controls Product Brief
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DuPont Packaging: High-performance ionomer

For use in blown and cast film applications, Surlyn® 2601 by DuPont (Wilmington, DE) is a high-performance version of ionomer workhorse grade Surlyn 1601.
Materials Product Brief
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Low-level palletizer

The Samovi Ricart Series 5000 low-level palletizer is now available from General Corrugated Machinery (Palisades Park, NJ). Its simple mechanical design is said to offer reliable operation and low maintenance.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Thomas Engineering Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has acquired Service Industries Midwest, Inc. (Rolling Meadows, IL), a manufacturer of blister packaging machinery tooling and change parts.

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