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Egg carton labeling

As part of a new initiative to ensure the food safety of fresh eggs, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed to require safe handling labels on egg cartons.
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: In-line capper

U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has introduced an in-line capper that can be mounted over the filler discharge star. This allows full control of the bottle and provides proper bottle spacing for the cap pick-off device.
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Durable Packaging Corporation: Case erector/packing station

The DuraPack stand-alone case erector/packing station from Durable Packaging (Countryside, IL) is designed to upgrade performance of many conventional case sealers by providing case erecting and a "hands-free" case packing station.
Controls Product Brief
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Force Control Industries, Inc: Indexing drives

Series II CLPC(TM) indexing drives are inexpensive, high-performance alternatives to servo motors in single- and multi-revolution indexing applications requiring high cycle rates or high torque with precise stopping accuracy.
Drums of Witco?s products are often stored outside (left),where labels are exposed to weather elements and the bleaching effe
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Witco leaves lasting impression on containers

Chemical producer shifts to thermal-transfer-printed labels for drums often stored outside. Copy required by regulations is legible longer. Computer software makes labels much easier to create, too.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Electronic Liquid Fillers (LaPorte, IN) was acquired by BancAmerica Equity Partners (Chicago, IL) and The Saranow Group (Deerfield, IL). The company is now called ELF Machinery, LLC.
Machine Product Brief
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FANUC Robotics: Washdown robot

FANUC Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) has introduced the A-520i Washdown, a robot designed for precise, high-speed operation in harsh washdown environments, including food and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
Materials Product Brief
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FlexLink Systems, Inc: Conveyor

The FlexLink XB conveyor from FlexLink Systems (Bethlehem, PA) is designed to transport bulky or soft, pliable prepacked products that require the stability of a wide chain.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Greif Bros. Corp. (Delaware, OH) and RDJ Holdings (Massilon, OH) have agreed to form a joint venture to operate the sheet feeder plants of Michigan Packaging Corp.
Materials Product Brief
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Modular Packaging Systems, Inc: Tube filler

The Kugler K 360 tube filler from Modular Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) fills up to 106 tubes/min. Changeover from laminate to metal tubes can be handled without tools, using a single push-button switch.
Materials Product Brief
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Flexicon Corporation: Flexicon Corporation: Bulk bag filler

A new bulk bag filler from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) offers a variety of performance enhancements, including a material delivery system that can be integrated with processing equipment or bulk storage vessels.
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Supplier news: International agreements

MG America (Fairfield, NJ) has been named exclusive agent for Anritsu (Pine Brook, NJ) capsule checkweighers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
Materials Product Brief
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Enercon Industries Corp.: Induction sealer

The new Auto Jr. from Enercon Industries (Menomonee Falls, WI) is a semi-automatic induction sealer suitable for low-volume or test-facility applications.
Machine Product Brief
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Willett America Inc: Continuous ink-jet printer

Willett America's (Fort Worth, TX) 900 Z Series high-resolution ink-jet printhead integrates the ink and electronics systems into one unit. Designed for side-coding, it mounts onto conveyors where space is limited.
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Are packagers ready to invest in metal's best and brightest?

Packaging managers looking for innovations can be forgiven for focusing most of their attention on the flexible packaging and rigid plastic container fields.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

SRC Vision (Medford, OR) has signed a representation agreement with FMC Corp., Food Systems and Handling Div. (Homer City, PA). The business relationship provides for FMC to represent SRC's line of machine vision systems to the food industry.
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Jalapenos 'wheel' to market in new jar

New barrier plastic jug offers convenience, safety and disposal improvements.
A footed bowl allows each of the four Hot Bowls varieties to stand and display nicely. Inside are all the components necessary,
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The power of packaging on display at FMI

Hot Bowls, packaged apple slices and fresh spinach that can be microwaved right in its clear film package were among the highlights at this year's FMI show.

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