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U.S. companies say Eco-labels have hollow echo

U.S. Trade Representative presses European Union to endorse labels with descriptive language. Threats of trade retaliation ups the ante.
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Susceptor films

Himac (Atlanta, GA) offers a line of polyester microwave susceptor films that can be chemically or corona treated to precise customer specifications.
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Horizontal cartoner

Hayes Machine Co. (Marshall, MI) is offering literature on the Hayes 520 intermittent-motion cartoner. The machine requires only 45 sq' of floor space and is suited for food products, ice cream and frozen novelties, as well as personal and pharmaceutical items.
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Heavy-duty bagging system

American-Newlong (Warsaw, IN) has introduced the 6CM-TS automatic bagging machine for heavy, free-flowing products such as fertilizer, soil or seed.
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Printer for f/f/s machines

The Flex Print compact in-line printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) measures 16" W x 18" H, for easy integration with most hf/f/s machines, including Multivac, Tiromat, Dixie, and Mahaffy & Harder.
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Palletizer infeed for orienting cases

With quick identification in mind, Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) developed The Turnado palletizer infeed. Its unique design allows cases to be oriented in such a way that labels face outward on all sides of a palletized load.
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Sachet form/fill/seal

R.A. Jones (Covington, KY) has completed the first of a new series of form/fill/seal machines designed to meet full ISO metric standards. Developed from the company's Pouch King model, the PK4000 has linear web speeds of 100 m (328')/min, and can run at speeds to 1곚 sachets/min, using 80 mm (3.2") wide sachets.
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Bottle unscrambler

Kalish (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has eliminated change parts on its Kalisort 150 bottle unscrambler to minimize changeover time to under 2 minutes without tools.
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Stand-up pouches debut for Stockpot's chilled soup concentrates

In its 15 years of existence, Stockpot Soup, Redmond, WA, has earned an international reputation among restauranteurs for high-quality, cook/chill soup concentrates, sauces, gravies and entrees.
Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.
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NACD calls cocktail mix bottle 'Finest'

Polypropylene bottle earns top award by providing functionality and contact clarity for cocktail mixes sold for on-premise use. Other easy-to-use containers also won awards, as did containers differentiated by decoration.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY) awarded Supplier Certification status from Waco, TX-based Allergan, Inc.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) will produce Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.'s (Tokyo, Japan) new Sumitomo Poucher(TM) for liquids on Klockner's horizontal form/fill/seal machinery.
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Sleeve/bottle combo facilitates recycling

Multi-material packages aren't usually thought of as being recyclable. However, a new type of dual-material sleeve pack, developed in Europe, was designed with recycling precisely in mind.
Controls Product Brief
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Modular packaging line

Germany's interpack 96, the 14th International Trade Fair for packaging machinery and packaging, boasts the latest in machinery, containers and materials from around the world. Begun last month, we continue to review new products to be introduced in Dsseldorf, May 9 through 15.
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Kraft rotor closure improves TE

Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, IL, has improved the tamper evidence of the rotor closure used on its parmesan cheese. The previous closure consisted of a one-piece injection-molded high-density polyethylene rotor atop an aluminum end.
After a bar code is ink-jet printed onto cases of paint cans, it is scanned by a bar code decoder as a quality check. The scanne
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Coding solution does double duty

Valspar Corp.'s ink-jet coding and scanning system provides automatic batch code verification and real-time production monitoring.
Bags for Green Giant frozen vegetables explain how foods high in certain vitamins ?may? reduce risk of cancer. While the foods?
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Food fight!

The FDA wants to make it easier for food packs to carry health and nutrition statements. Meanwhile, industry continues to press for even greater latitude for claims.

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