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As shown in two views (above), boxed faucets emerge bundled in film as they discharge from an automatic shrink wrapping machine
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Bundlers shrink Price Pfister's material expenses

By shrink bundling boxed faucets rather than packing them into a corrugated master shipper, Price Pfister saves on material costs, while increasing efficiency and freeing up warehouse space.
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Customized end-of-arm tooling delivers a layer of cases onto a waiting pallet. Shown in the inset are 3 of the 7 carton sizes
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Dialing in automated palletizing

The Dial Corp. automated its palletizing operation at the same time it revised the format of its dryer sheets. Labor costs and product damage have both been reduced.
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Removable labels

BottleWrap Plus(TM) from OnPak Technologies (Milford, CT) is a patent-pending label system that allows peel-off coupons to be preattached to primary labels with ±1/16" placement.
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Case/tray packer

sterbergs (Gteborg, Sweden) has launched a new case/tray packer called the WA/BR 6000. Servo-driven machine allows quick changes between packing patterns, as well as customized patterns to meet production requirements and product design.
Software included in the Food Label Design kit enables designers to incorporate appropriate Nutrition Facts panels into their pa
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Hershey kisses NLEA headaches goodbye

Graphic designer at Hershey Chocolate uses software nutrition kit to simplify compliance with NLEA regulations.
The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
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Stretch wrappers

Orion Packaging (Memphis, TN) will show its full line of semi- and fully automatic stretch-wrapping equipment. Both rotary turntable and rotary tower models will be demonstrated.
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Display case packer for pouches

The Key Display Packer from Key Automation (W. St. Paul, MN) can run up to three lanes of pouches received from a high-speed horizontal form/fill/seal machine.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
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Bag inserter

Model Y1928 bag inserter from R.A. Pearson Co. (Spokane, WA) eliminates manual labor by inserting perforated, pre-sealed bags from rollstock into corrugated cases at speeds of 15 cases/min.
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Bander stretch wrappers

Ciratec's (Phillipsburg, NJ) B900 Bander Series of stretch wrappers provide an economic alternative to orbital wrappers, and are effective in low-speed applications where an operator may be required.
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Case packer

The Pouch Packer from SWF/Dyna-Pak (Sanger, CA) automatically packs stand-up pouches, four-side-sealed and other flexible packages into corrugated cases at speeds to 100 packs/min.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Printing press mfrs. Aquaflex Systmes Inc. (Boucherville, Quebec, Canada) and Webtron (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) have created a new Hong Kong-based subsidiary called Aquaflex/ Webtron Hong Kong Ltd.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
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Injection/stretch blow-molded bottles

PVC Container (Eatontown, NJ) now has injection/stretch blow-molding capabilities and offers a line of stock PET bottles, as well as custom sizes.
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Stretch wrapping brochure

Gerrard & Co. (Des Plaines, IL) has released a brochure describing its line of operator-controlled, turntable stretch wrapping systems. Four new models highlighted include: the stack-n-wrap, manual spiral wrapper, GLPS-30, and the GLPS-30A.
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Indenting machine

The new TB 986 tabletop indenting machine from Algene Marking (Garfield, NJ) uses pressure and steel type to indent up to two lines of text into folding cartons or blister cards.
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Origin labeling proposal under fire

The food industry is stepping up its efforts to quash once and for all efforts by the U.S. Customs Service to require country of origin marking on the front panels of packages of frozen fruits and vegetables.

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