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ARPAC LLC: Shrink bundler

The Brandpac® BPTW-70 is a new high-speed shrink bundler from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL) capable of wrapping up to 70 trays/min. Its smooth overlap sealing system eliminates unsightly welded seams.
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Emplex Systems Inc: Continuous rotary band sealers

The patented MPS 6000 Series of continuous rotary band sealers is new from Emplex Systems (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada). Add-on options include front-end trimmers, printers and embossers.
On-line tech support manuals can be a convenient resource.
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Experimenting with Web-based tech support

Frustrated with flipping through a manual to solve a tech support problem?
Machine Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Vertical cartoners

The VCL Series of ProLine vertical cartoners from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is aimed at private-label manufacturers and contract packagers who require application flexibility.
Controls Product Brief
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Flow wrapper

The new Flowtronic 120AB flow wrapper from GEI Autowrappers (Wayne, PA) uses an Allen-Bradley PLC and a three-axis servomotor drive system for flexibility in a range of applications.
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Bennies celebrate labels

The Printing Industries of America (Alexandria, VA) recently named its Benny winners, which are the Best of Category winners in the 1997 Premier Print Awards, a prestigious worldwide graphic arts competition.
Materials Product Brief
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Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Inc: Pharmaceutical checkweighers

Hi-Speed Checkweigher's (Ithaca, NY) TopLine series of checkweighers are designed to meet pharmaceutical manufacturers' needs for accurate checkweighing and gentle handling.
Materials Product Brief
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X-ray fill-level inspection

The TapTone (N. Falmouth, MA) Ray Trak fill-level inspection system uses x-ray tube technology to check fill levels in bottles, cans and jars at speeds to 2ꯠ/min.
ThermaFreeze is packed in a flexible film material and then hydrated and frozen for use in keeping pharmaceutical products chill
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Pharmaceutical shipments chill out from within

Superior Pharmaceutical is among the first to use a powdered polymer within a flexible material to keep overnight shipments cool, but not frozen. The material yields cost advantages, as well as freight and space savings.
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Servo control offers labeling latitude (sidebar)

This is the story of the in-line capper that almost got away. When the Nutrilite Div. of Amway Corp. wanted to double the speed of its vitamin packaging line, management was leaning toward a rotary capper.
Machine Product Brief
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Dimension Industries, LLC: Small-center cartoner

Dimension Industries (Maple Grove, MN) has introduced a continuous-motion cartoner specifically for small-center cartoning applications, such as those used in pharmaceutical, medical and personal care products.
News
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Medical device labeling proposal assailed

The Health Industry Manufacturers Assn. (HIMA) doesn't support the draft guidance on medical device labeling developed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).
Trays loaded with Keebler?s chocolate chip cookies are conveyed through the metal detector and onto the platform of the checkwei
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Combo checkweigher/metal detectors save space for Keebler

Compact and highly accurate, combo checkweighers and metal detectors at Keebler's Macon, GA, bakery are meeting special needs.
Machine Product Brief
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ID Technology: Printing conveyor

ID Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) offers a conveyor system that permits four high-resolution ink-jet coding printheads to be mounted to a conveyor, two on each side.
A checkweigher verifies that each bag has the correct tablet count (left), eliminating the need for an operator to verify counts
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Vitamins in a vacuum

Vacuum packages of vitamin tablets in foil, believed to be a first, provide Amway's Nutrilite Div. with a unique look for Pacific Rim markets.
Materials Product Brief
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Sealed Air Corporation: Protective cushioning

Shrink Pak(TM) cushioning material combines shrink wrapping and "bubbled" cushioning. The patented product from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) conforms around the object(s) when heat is applied.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to establish an independent food safety agency. It would consolidate all food safety, inspection and labeling functions now spread among various government agencies.
Controls Product Brief
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.

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