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Label printer/applicator

ID Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) has developed a label printer/applicator with an environmental closure that isolates the printer from contaminants and debris present in harsh production environments.
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Controls Product Brief
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Depalletizer

Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) new depalletizer uses soft start/soft stop motors for increased container stability and improved line efficiency.
News
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FDA Web updates

The Food and Drug Administration is making it easier to keep track of labeling changes for drugs by listing these changes on its MedWatch web site: http://www.
An operator applies an updated price code to a package by sending it past an ink-jet coder.
Feature Article
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What price flexibility?

Mexican pharmaceuticals maker Byk Gulden relies on ink-jet coding to react faster when economic conditions require price changes to already-marked packages.
Controls Product Brief
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Flat product carrier

The Series 985 compact flat product carrier from Dalemark Industries (Lakewood, NJ) incorporates vacuum suction and shuttle feed platform to insure continuous, smooth delivery of flat products to the product identification system at speeds to 150 items/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Condiment package

Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) has developed a new package especially for mustard and condiment packaging. The 9-oz PET container is recyclable, squeezable and shatterproof.
Materials Product Brief
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Compact cartoner

The Series 460 compact cartoning machine from Scandia Packaging Machinery (Clifton, NJ) uses the Rapid Adjustment Package (RAP) for rapid changeovers of carton sizes.
Machine operator Martha Johnson evaluates finished bottles slated for overseas distribution as they move along the line at the O
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Bottles grow 'greener' with PCR

It took three years of development work, HDPE bottles produced for Clorox household cleaners by Owens-Brockway now incorporate 25% PCR material.
Materials Product Brief
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Shrink wrapper

Model CSI-20 is an automatic in-line continuous-motion shrink wrapper from Packaging Machines Intl. (Elk Grove Village, IL) that can wrap unstrapped bundles of magazines or catalogs at speeds to 55 bundles/min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Advanced Monobloc Corp. (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada) became the controlling shareholder of Alustar, S.A. de C.V. (Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico), which in turn acquired the manufacturing assets of Evimex S.A.
Materials Product Brief
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Sealing system

A new sealing system from TPA-Voneiff/Gibson (Baltimore, MD) has two film feeds and a side-sealing mechanism that can be used to shrink wrap or sleeve wrap product at speeds to 120'/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Labeling system

The LabelShot(TM) is a new labeling system from Imtec (Bellows Falls, VT). It consists of a stand-alone thermal-transfer printer and a label applicator.
New containers are helping Nestlé?s powdered milk mixes stand out internationally. In the U.K., a new hot chocolate drink mi
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Nestlé puts new faces on mix containers

A multi-material oval can in the U.K., a twin-pack of pouches in Switzerland, and a high-density polyethylene oval in the U.S. each deliver kid-oriented retail punch for Nestlé's powdered milk mixes.
Materials Product Brief
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Directory of converters

The Directory of Label and Package Converters, 1997 edition, has been published by Jelmar Publishing (Plainview, NY), in conjunction with the Label-Pack Converting Institute.
Materials Product Brief
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Labeling brochure

"Creative Labeling Concepts" is a full-color brochure from Topflight (York, PA). It incorporates the latest global technologies for creating primary labels and offers "concepts" for exploiting the full potential of p-s adhesive technologies.
Controls Product Brief
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Ultrasonic valve bag sealer

The new Bemis (Minneapolis, MN) ultrasonic valve bag sealer seals bags containing dusty, powdery and free-flowing products at speeds to 5 bags/min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

The operations of Black Clawson-SANO (Amelia, OH) will be transferred to the Black Clawson Converting Machine Corp. (Fulton, NY).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

HK Systems (New Berlin, WI): D. J. "Jim" Pratt, vp, von Gal® palletizer operations.

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