These days, the word "interactive" is usually followed by either "Internet" or "web site." In the case of Coca-Cola Bottling of Chattanooga and Hartness Technologies (Greenville, SC), what's interactive is a unique audio and video system that links the production floor at the bottling company with the service technicians at Hartness' headquarters in Greenville, SC.
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USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two more steps toward deregulation of the meat and poultry industry. As of July 1, the burden of approval is reduced and labeling responsibility reverts back to companies.
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.
Gatorade Co. is tapping its pro sports image to relaunch its powdered drink mix. Formerly in an ordinary spiral-wound composite container, the mix is now packaged in an orange canister from Liquid Container (West Chicago, IL) that replicates the look of the large Gatorade dispensing cooler seen on the sidelines at national sporting events.
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.
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.
Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH) has developed the Model 15-RS-E six-station rotary blister sealer with a new package eject system. This employs a robotic arm to move blisters from the sealing area to an exit chute, eliminating the need for an operator.