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At each of the five net weigh fillers, product flows from vibratory feeders (right) into the weigh bucket. The filler in the abo
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Blue Diamond shines with new case handling system

From case setup to case taping, corrugated cases are automatically guided through a "smart" handling system, part of which is hoisted out of the way when 1겨-lb totes are running.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has opened a $30 million carton converting plant in Perry, GA.
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Roll-fed labeler

An updated version of the 900 Series Polyclad roll-fed labeler from Associated Packaging Equipment (Markham, Ontario, Canada) features stainless-steel construction for use by the dairy, food and beverage industries.
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Del Monte Italy tries new aseptic concept

Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
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Tray packer

Padlocker's (Tamarac, FL) Traypack 7000 is a cost-effective system for packing cartons, jars, cans and bottles into corrugated trays at speeds to 20 trays/min.
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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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Wraparound printer/applicator

The Label-Aire® Model 2140 wraparound print/apply labeling system from Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) is a high-speed wraparound label applicator.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) has entered into an international agreement with Vortex Systems in Italy to sell, manufacture and service the high-speed transport and collating Individual Carrier System.
Not only is Akzo Nobel Salt?s cool-running hot melt case sealing adhesive safer for operators, it allows a reduced bead widt
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Chilling hot melt danger

Low-temperature hot melt runs more efficiently, cuts adhesive costs and increases operator safety.
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Overhead stretch wrapper

Signode's (Glenview, IL) SpiralGrip(TM) 7150 automatic stretch wrapping system has automatic load staging, centering and height sensing to ensure that loads remain securely wrapped.
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High-speed applicator

The Universal(TM) SL-2000/3000 from Park Products (St. Petersburg, FL) is a high-speed automatic stepper-driven label applicator. It applies labels up to 6" W at speeds to 3ꯠ"/min, with ±.025" accuracy.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.
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P-s film stock

Mobil Chemical, Films Div. (Pittsford, NY), has introduced Label-Lyte® 534. It's a top-coated film face stock for use in demanding p-s labeling situations.
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Roll-feed dispensers

The RF375 Series of roll-feed dispensers from Longford Equipment (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is suited for large runs requiring coupon insertion on vertical f/f/s machines and vertical or horizontal bag-in-box lines.
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EPA pushes for changes in pesticides' and disinfectants' label copy

Besides trying to steer federal procurement people toward environmentally preferred products, the EPA is also trying to steer consumers away from the most dangerous home pesticides and disinfectants.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
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Vertical f/f/s machine for food and nonfood applications

The Butler(TM) 3 is a new vertical form/fill/seal machine from UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) suited for frozen foods, cereal, pasta, pet food, powders and granulates.

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