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Fill-height monitor

The Checkmat from Krones (Franklin, WI) is now available in an X-ray version for maximum precision in fill height monitoring. The X-ray source is completely inoperative after being switched off, so no elaborate safety precautions are necessary, says Krones.
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On the 2-oz line, the robotic head prepares to place 20 cups into a waiting case. To the left of the head is a sheet inserter th
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Robotics automate portion packing

Robotic packing cell case-packs delicate portion cups at speeds of 500 cups/min. Integrated system incorporates a stand-alone case erector and automatic tier sheet placer.
Materials Product Brief
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Powder and granular fillers

John R. Nalbach Engineering Co. (Countryside, IL) has released a brochure describing its Necoflo G4 family of powder and granular fillers. The Necoflo G4 Rotary High Speed Volumetric Filler handles rigid containers from 2" to-63/16" dia at speeds from 140 to 480 cpm.
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Break/peel/push blister security

A unique break/peel/push blister pack devised by Chicago-based G.D. Searle provides a heightened degree of child-resistance for its Covera-HS prescription medication, launched in June.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
Materials Product Brief
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Outsert adapter

Model RPP-221-0 from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) uses a 90° adapter to apply outserts to either the top or sides of bottles, performing the tasks usually required by two machines.
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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
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Pairing pack styles with markets

With Bass's vast reach to more than 70 different export markets, what determines which pack style is used for a given market?
In the foreground are 12 freshly blown bottles waiting to be discharged by pickoff-pins. Visible in the background are 12 prefor
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Modular molds add flexibility to bottle molding

Unique system makes it easier for packagers to have custom bottles injection/ blow molded even when the number of bottles needed is relatively low.
Materials Product Brief
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Delivery system for coding/marking

Algene's (Garfield, NJ) TR 9632 delivery system can be fitted onto most manufacturers' ink-jet printers and labelers, says the company. It uses an automatic feed hopper and a registration mechanism to provide accurate feeding of flat objects such as blister cards and folding cartons, at speeds to 120 pieces/min.
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Registration is Paramount to video success

Paramount Home Video's holographic carton for Star Trek Generations sells out its entire production run. Registering process printing to full-coverage holographics is a first.
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Premier Plastics grows PET bottle business

California blow molder is among the first in the U.S. to use a 24-cavity injection/stretch blow-molding machine that increases 1/2-liter PET bottle output by at least 40 million per year.
Graphic Packaging?s new 10-station press (above) operates at speeds exceeding 1,000?/min. At a laminating station near the end o
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New press focuses on flexibility

Converter Graphic Packaging's Franklin, OH, plant is the first in the U.S. to use a new press that can print flexible packaging by gravure and flexography, and dry-bond laminate and apply cold-seal or hot melt wax-coat in-line. Kroger's coffee bags represent the first commercial application.
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Applications news

Atlanta, GA-based Himac added a John Dusenbery (Randolph, NJ) slitter in Spring to increase its slitting capacity by 50%, according to Himac president Ray Woody.
Controls Product Brief
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Components

Omron Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has unveiled a new 8-page brochure: "Solutions for Food & Beverage Packaging, Food Processing and Flexible Packaging." It describes how individual components such as sensors, process controllers, PLCs, timers and counters, operator interfaces, RFID and machine vision systems can work together with existing automation to provide total automation solutions.
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F/f/s films

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed the FS 5000 series of films, designed for hot and cold form/fill/seal packaging applications. These medium barrier, multi-layer coextruded polyolefins provide increased strength and flexibility at temperatures ranging from 212°F to
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Auger filler

Designed for small fills, the Neotron Model 1100 auger filler from Mateer-Burt (Wayne, PA) provides accuracies within ±15 mg on a 345-mg fill for in-house testing of hygroscopic powders.
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Brewers turn to PET bottles, wide-mouth cans

A six-month shelf life is claimed for amber 1-L bottles of polyethylene terephthalate holding dark beers produced and marketed by Canada's Algonquin Brewing Co., Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.

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