Machinery

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Line portal robot

The Linapal line portal (gantry) robot from Krones (Franklin, WI) handles loads of up to one ton at speeds to 360 cycles/hr. Applications include palletizing and depalletizing, crate/carton packing and unpacking, removal of inverted trays or layer pads, and order picking.
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Colorant systems

M.A. Hanna Color (Suwanee, GA) has introduced a new line of colorant systems called ComPETe(TM). The new systems-pellets, flakes or liquid color-are designed to improve precision color for PET resins used in packaging applications and are said to provide improvement in color consistency for blow- and stretch/blow-molding processes.
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Label caffeine content, groups demand

A consumer advocacy group wants caffeine content to be listed on food labels. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), based in Washington, D.C., petitioned FDA to require such labeling.
Controls Product Brief
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Sleeve wrap/bundler

Damark (Lewisville, TX) will introduce its HS Series sleeve wrap/bundler at Pack Expo West. Reaching speeds to 30 packages/min, the wrapper is controlled by a SLC 500 PLC and is equipped with heavy-duty electrical, mechanical and pneumatic components for continuous high- speed operation.
Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
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Poultry law hit

For decades the beef industry has complained that USDA regulations give poultry a competitive edge, since current regulations allow poultry to take in as much as 8% water during the chilling process without any mention of additional water on the label.
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Medical device labeling update

FDA's Office of Device Evaluation is holding a public meeting in September to discuss medical device labeling and the agency's proposed labeling information summaries (tentatively called "essential prescribing information" [EPI]).
Materials Product Brief
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Honeycomb dispensing system

Flextra Matic On-Line® is a new dispensing system for Astro-Valcour's (Glens Falls, NY) Flextra honeycomb cushioning system. Designed for high-volume lines, the system offers nine product options (up to three plies with or without top and/or bottom sheets).
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Smith Marketing Services (Simi Valley, CA) was chosen a manufacturer's representative by Jomar Corp. (Pleasantville, NY) to sell the company's blow molding machinery on the West Coast.
Materials Product Brief
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Hot melt applicator

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) will display its newest hot melt adhesive applicator at Pack Expo West. The KH100 High Output Melt Unit can operate up to six heads and is supported by a complete range of pattern control accessories.
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Ingredient labeling for sausage casings

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a proposed rule that would require the ingredient labeling of natural or collagen casings used in sausages, hot dogs and other meat products when they are derived from a species that is different from that of the encased product.
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Cosmetics labeling at issue in FDA reform

After months of painstaking bipartisan negotiations, legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration is poised for consideration in both the House and Senate.
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Packaging revolution IS changing everything

"This changes everything." That line, taken from a recent crop of Chrysler ads, would have us believe the company's doing something revolutionary in its field.
Materials Product Brief
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Flat case conveyor

Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) has introduced the Model 2512 vertical flat case transport with shingling conveyor. This off-line system automatically transports stacked corrugated cases.
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Push/pull caps: from fad to fixture

"We thought for a while that [sports caps] would be a fad, but now I think they're here to stay." So says Mountain Valley Springs president Tom Mitchell in explaining his company's move to push-pull sports caps on 0.5-L and 1-L bottles of water.
Controls Product Brief
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Desiccant feeder

Omega Design (Exton, PA) has introduced the Model CDFI automatic indexing canister desiccant feeder. Using a 1-g canister desiccant, it runs at speeds to 120 pieces/min; up to 75/min for a double drop, and up to 55/min for a triple drop.
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Food excluded from chemical labeling regs

Finished food products with trace food additives or pesticides should not be included in a globally harmonized system for chemical hazard classification and labeling.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.

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