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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Pressco Technology Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has purchased the machine vision assets of LumenX Co. (Mogadore, OH).
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Since containers must be completely dry prior to shrink labeling, they pass through a series of air blowers that remove all resi
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules (sidebar)

Shrink labelers make their North American debut
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BrainForest stands out at Pack Expo West

Sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Pack Expo West 97 drew 12겞 visitors to Las Vegas last month, up from 9걽 at the inaugural Pack Expo West in '95.
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Consumers want better packaging

Friends and family who know I have "something to do with" packaging are always asking me to pass on their packaging complaints, observations and requests.
All four flavors of 13.5-oz Still Tango are aseptically filled in black PET bottles bearing striking graphics
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Britvic banks on being different

This UK beverage marketer was a pioneer in aseptically filled PET bottles. Other ambitious packages include matte-black coated glass for on-premise sales and black PET bottles in four sizes.
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Peristaltic pump filler

ELF Machines (LaPorte, IN) has developed a two-head metered dispensing system suitable for laboratory or pharmaceutical applications. It fills thin and slightly viscous liquids into containers ranging from 0.25 mL to 500 mL.
A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules

Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.
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Label-Aire: Label-Aire: Multi-labeler

Designed to meet the growing demand for incorporating electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags at the time of packaging, Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) has introduced the Multi-Labeler high-speed EAS applicator.
This 63-g refillable bottle (left) made of homopolymer PEN, developed by Coca-Cola for its mineral waters, is washed at 80?C (1
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Heat resistance leads to refillable PEN

Having learned valuable lessons from a returnable PEN bottle used by a sister company in Uruguay, Coca-Cola Germany introduces a new container made of homopolymer PEN.
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Klockner Packaging: Continuous-motion cartoner

The Medipak Pacliner 4/200 is a new high-speed continuous-motion cartoner from Klockner Packaging Machinery (Clearwater, FL). Designed for pharmaceutical, medical device and personal care applications, it can package blister packs, tubes, small bottles, pouches or vials into cartons 60 to 150 mm (2.4" to 5.9") L x 30 to 115 mm (1.2" to 4.5") W x 12 to 90 mm (0.5" to 3.5") H at speeds to 200/min.
Grimmway1s checkweigher and metal detectors (right) inspect up to 75 bags of carrots per minute. The plant produces bags from 1
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Running long and going strong

Metal detectors and checkweighers 'run and run and run' at Grimmway Farms' high-volume, washdown-environment carrot processing plant.
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Air cushions

FP Intl. (Redwood City, CA) has introduced Flo-Pak Cell-O air cushions as an alternative to paper packaging. Products are safeguarded by inserting one or more of the clear, HDPE cushions in the shipping container.
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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf (sidebar)

Valve relies on capillary attraction
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Chase-Logeman Corporation: Fill/stopper/tray load system

Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has introduced the Model FSTS2-12H automatic filling, stoppering and tray loading system. It uses a positive displacement servo-driven pump to fill glass or plastic bottles ranging from 2 mL to 100 mL at speeds to 120 bottles/min.
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A different type of kitchen cleanser

Bushberry Deodorizing Liquid Soap for hands is available in scents like cucumber, lemon, vanilla and oatmeal, so it has a definite kitchen and garden tone.
Sanitation measures in the HEPA-filtered packaging room include full garb, mask and boots for the operator, who also passes thro
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Nature's Pleasures launches fresh-cut apple slic es

This processor may not be the first to package apple slices in an extended shelf-life MAP format. But management believes its technology gives it an edge over those who pioneered the concept.
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All-Fill Inc: Auger filler

The Millennium 400 system from All-Fill (Exton, PA) has a servo motor-controlled timing screw system that precisely positions each container through each stage of the filling sequence: tare measurement, filling, weighing, top-off, final weighing and exit.
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Labeling trends predicted

Growth in see-through labels, three-dimensional labels and labeling of nonround containers are some of the labeling trends forecast by packagers in a recent market study commissioned by B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA).

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