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Shown are several of Swift?s Armour? marinated pork chop varieties. Chops are spaced about 1? apart within a multi-layer tray p
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Skin packs serve up Swift's pork chops

A multilayer film coextrusion combined with vacuum skin packaging machines help Swift gain a stronger presence in supermarkets with newer varieties of marinated pork chops.
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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.
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Converting Equipment Mfrs. Assn. (Springfield, NJ): Blenheim Group USA's (Fort Lee, NJ) Leo Nadolske, board of trustees member.
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Bar-code labels drive automated warehouse

In 1992, Herr's built a 40ꯠ sq' automated warehouse that makes use of bar-coded labels on cases of finished goods to automatically sort and stack cases.
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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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Supplier news: Achievements

Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY) also was a recipient of Gillette's Omnimark.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.
Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.
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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
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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Materials

Eastman Chemical's (Kingsport, TN) Eastman AQ 1350 Blanched Polyester can be used as a base polymer to formulate hot melt adhesives for packaging and labeling that are repulpable.
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Intermittent cartoner

Roberts Systems (Charlotte, NC) has introduced an on-demand, multi-axis servo-controlled intermittent cartoner called Servostar(TM). This multipack cartoner erects, loads, closes and seals cartons at speeds to 65/min, with 12" between cartons.
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Corrugating systems

Erhardt + Leimer's Corrugated Div. (Spartanburg, SC) offers three web guiding systems for the corrugating industry that stabilize and align the web either to the machine center or in reference to the outer liner.
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FDA proposes additional warning on some OTC drug labels

The Food & Drug Administration wants an additional warning on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a common ingredient in weight control, cough-cold, allergy and nasal decongestant drugs.
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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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Net weight check

Eleven food industry groups have asked FDA to speed issuance of a "uniform, science-based standard" for verifying the net weight and quantity of packaged goods.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Graseby Goring Kerr (Elmhurst, IL): Erik Brainard, X-ray sales mgr.
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Stretch wrapper

The Ultramatic automatic stretch wrapping system from Weldotron (Piscataway, NJ) is designed for stretch wrapping food in trays at supermarkets and warehouse stores.

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