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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Systech (Cranbury, NJ) and BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) entered a 10-year agreement to provide advanced inspection systems for the packaging industry, beginning with an initial delivery of 50 Systech TIPS(TM) Vision systems.
Controls Product Brief
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Friction feeders

Thiele Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) new series of friction feeders can work consistently with most printing, labeling, and packaging equipment at speeds to 4귔" of sheet material/min.
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Curvy can due out this month, says Coke

Tested in Germany but so far only talked about here, The Coca-Cola Co.'s contour can is set to make its U.S. debut early this month in Terre Haute, IN, and in four Southwest markets.
Controls Product Brief
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Vibratory parts feeder

Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has developed a patent-pending way to use vacuum to hold feeder bowls and tracks to vibratory base drives, eliminating the use of bolts or other mechanical clamping means.
Materials Product Brief
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Pouch/placement system

A new pouch feeder with an integrated placement system from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is designed to gently singulate numerous styles and sizes of pouches and deliver them to the placement system at speeds to 250 pouches/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Form/fill/seal shrink wrapper

The VERSAJet LS Series is a continuous-motion form/fill/seal shrink wrapper from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL). Its custom collation modules allow product to be grouped into any configuration desired.
Materials Product Brief
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Corporate brochure

The Combo Blister® and TransClam® Programs, as well as a variety of new product lines, are highlighted in the corporate brochure from Transparent Container (Berkeley, IL).
Controls Product Brief
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Form/fill/seal control

Precision MicroControl (Carlsbad, CA) has designed a microprocessor-based system that provides motion and process control on vertical form/fill/seal systems.
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Retailers find security in source tagging (sidebar)

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In measuring impregnated film samples for antioxidant migration, vitamin E (known as ATP, incorporated into Film I) remained in
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Not just for breakfast anymore

Films created with additive vitamin E offer protection at least equal to that of BHT-impregnated films, according to a Michigan State University study.
Materials Product Brief
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Foam-in-bag system

The SpeedyPacker(TM) foam-in-bag packaging system from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) dispenses Instapak® foam into a bag to create protective cushioning.
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Bristol-Myers recalls birth control packages

In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
Controls Product Brief
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Infeed control system

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group's (St. Louis, MO) Mark II Synchro- screw infeed control system was developed to control the flow of containers at the infeed of fillers, labelers and other machinery.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensor

The WTR photoelectric proximity sensor from SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) is specifically designed for accumulation, loading and unloading applications on roller conveyors.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper for printers

The Lan-ringer® stretch packaging system from Lantech (Louisville, KY) is designed to replace metal banding and hand wrapping to reduce labor and injuries, and to improve load protection of printed newspaper supplements.
An array of print heads on both sides of the conveyor leading to finished goods inventory lets Borden print variable information
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On-line case printing supports ECR at Borden

In addition to simplified inventory, faster changeovers, and material cost savings, on-line case coding at six Borden plants means faster response to customer needs.
Controls Product Brief
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Pallet load labeling

Kolinahr Systems' (Louisville, KY) SA-2000 is an automatic print/apply pallet load labeling system. When integrated with a product load accumulation conveyor, it can apply labels to one or two sides of individual finished product loads.

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