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Barrier technology impresses judges

The prestigious Diamond Award of the eleventh annual DuPont Awards went to Continental PET Technologies (Florence, KY). CPT was honored for the high-barrier 400-mL (13.524-oz) polyethylene terephthalate single-serve bottle it developed for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.
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This close-up shows the starwheels and center guide for an air cleaner at Seagram?s LaSalle plant. Located on the center guide i
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Seagram salutes the end of tweaking

Seagram combines two bottling lines into one medium-speed line for a broad variety of spirits in glass bottles. Quick-change parts for cleaning, filling, capping and conveying equipment reduce downtime and labor costs.
A semi-automatic filler improves accuracy during filling of 1-qt cartons (left and inset
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Filler enables DriWater to eject rejects

Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
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Labeling for pediatrics

FDA has proposed a rule requiring drug manufacturers to test the safety of some new prescription drugs and biologics for children, determine appropriate dosages and label the product accordingly.
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Cap feeder

The Aidlin Series CF20/24S cap feeder from Gebo (Bradenton, FL) is designed to orient and feed sports caps or TE rings to bottles. It uses a new method of orientation, says the company, to apply closures at speeds to 300/min.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
Joint Managing Directors Mal Smith (left) and Bill Walker save on engineering support costs by allowing the equipment supplier?s
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Modem bridges 8,000-mile gap

New Zealand's Grated Cheese Co. relies on its vendor's engineers for tech support of its new combination weigher-from 8ꯠ miles away.
Mounted to the side ofconveyors are plastic-housed Powered Roller Interface Modules (PRIMs). Each PRIM controls four conveyor ?
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USPS ups efficiency with 'smart' conveyor controls

Powered rollers and photoelectric sensors are networked by computer throughout 11ꯠ' of retrofitted conveyor used to direct mail within the U.S. Postal Service's Carol Stream, IL, facility. Noise levels, maintenance costs and electrical consumption are all reduced.
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Labeling for geriatrics

All pharmaceutical drug labels must include a geriatric use subsection according to a final rule published in late August by FDA. Geriatric labeling will be phased in through 2003, beginning with six priority drug categories which must be labeled by August 28, 1998.
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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.
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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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Low-profile conveyors

Dorner Mfg. (Hartland, WI) offers CE-marked low-profile conveyors and gearmotors that comply with European safety directives. The 2100 Series is offered in widths from 1" to 40", and lengths from 1' to 100'.
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FDA wants fresh juice warning labels

Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.
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Graphic Packaging Intl.: Rotary inserter

Minnesota Automation (Crosby, MN) has developed a patented, six-arm Servo Synchronous Rotary (SSR) Inserter for random product-feed applications. This machine synchronizes placement with the product and matches the insert placing speed to the linear speed of the carton or web to minimize skewing.
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Klockner Bartelt: Pouch packager

The RPM LU pouch packager from Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) is a horizontal form/fill/seal system that meets USDA and 3A standards for food and dairy applications.
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Vibratory conveyor

Meyer Machine's (San Antonio, TX) Magne-Flex L(TM) vibratory conveyor is suitable for the horizontal movement of raw and finished pharmaceutical materials.
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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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PSI: Conveyor stops

Newly redesigned compact cantilever slides are small but can handle high-impact loads, says manufacturer PHD (Ft. Wayne, IN). Series SA and SB Slides can carry loads for a wide variety of applications with dynamic side loads at up to 75 lb.

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