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Foam-in-bag system

Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has introduced a low-density top-fill packaging foam that expands to 200 times its original liquid volume to hold products in place within a shipper.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Converting Equipment Mfrs. Assn. (Springfield, NJ): Blenheim Group USA's (Fort Lee, NJ) Leo Nadolske, board of trustees member.
Pre-glued basket carriers with unsealed bottoms are placed in moving flights that guide the carriers over bottle groupings, afte
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Unique basket packer keeps pace with exports to the U.S.

While Bass's Marksman 2000 adds flexibility to its wrap pack capability, the company has augmented its six-pack basket packaging capacity to accommodate surging growth.
Controls Product Brief
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Vacuum pumps

PIAB (Hingham, MA) released a new brochure highlighting the company's line of vacuum pumps. PIAB vacuum systems are designed to perform most packaging procedures, including erecting, loading, opening, inserting, labeling, palletizing, forming and vacuum conveying.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Key Technology (Walla Walla, WA) acquired a machine vision pharmaceutical inspection product line from Oncoor, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD).
For small runs of 500 bottles or fewer, a smaller vibratory counter is used since it provides fast, five-min changeover. It?s a
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Glaxo Wellcome counts its savings

An electronic tablet counter/filler for clinical trial drugs provides 15-min changeover, regardless of tablet size or shape.
Controls Product Brief
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Label software

Avery Dennison, Soabar Products (Philadelphia, PA) has introduced AveryWare Windows, a new Windows®-based chemical labeling software program with network compatibility and a built-in chemical database.
News
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New grips and a Clear Choice Award

Neither a sports drink nor an iced tea, Talking Rain Beverage Co.'s new Ice(TM) Flavored Water began appearing on store shelves this June in a custom-designed 24-oz bottle known as "The Grip." "It took two years to design this bottle," says John Stevens, founder of the Preston, WA-based company.
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Two-in-one bottle an interesting solution

For years, Glaxo Wellcome had used generic 30-cc high-density polyethylene pharmaceutical bottles to hold 60 tablets of its prescription-only Zantac® medication.
Controls Product Brief
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Harsh-duty labeling head

Quadrel Labeling Systems (Mentor, OH) offers the Q60 labeling head with NEMA 4X electronics for use in harsh or wet environments such as dairies or beverage bottling plants.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

York Tape and Label Co. (York, PA) has opened a 153ꯠ sq' p-s label converting facility.
A stepper-driven corner labeler (above) uses a pneumatic tamping mechanism to apply a preprinted bar-code label that?s rolled ar
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A reusable case for automation

New equipment at Herr Foods is among the first that erects, packs and seals tough-to-handle corrugated cases that are reused up to five times.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapping system

Orion Packaging's (Memphis, TN) HPA-66 Spiral Platform Automatic Rotary Turntable stretch wrapping system moves a load by forklift to a turntable, then spirally wraps it with a 20"-W web of film.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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
Materials Product Brief
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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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