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Auger filler for dry, flowable products

Developed to replace volumetric cup fillers, the Neotron System® is a multi-auger filler from GEI Mateer Burt (Wayne, PA) that fills dry, flowable products like soup base, parmesan cheese, drink mixes and spices into PS and paperboard containers 10-up.
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Kodak develops speedier labeling

Completing generic preprinted labels with laser-printed variable information allows Kodak to ship orders within 24 hours while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for its small-batch printing needs.
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
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Printing on corrugated

Signet's (Costa Mesa, CA) XLS flexo printing press can print on knocked-down corrugated cases, trays and flat sheets at speeds to 120/min. A ceramic anilox roll, improved doctor blade metering system, and a new inking system are said to produce higher-quality printing than previous models.
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Closures

Suitable for tablets or powders, Waddington IP Jaycare (Carlstadt, NJ) has introduced the HingeGard® closure. Injection-molded in LDPE, the closures are hinged snap-caps that provide tamper evidence with tear bands.
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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.
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Nestlé 'Flipz' for new bag

Nestlé Chocolate & Confections, a division of Glendale, CA-based Nestlé U.S.A., introduced Pretzel Flipz(TM) nationwide in August in the Stabilo Bag® from Rovema (Lawrenceville, GA).
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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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Vf/f/s machines

The Matrix line of vertical form/ fill/seal machines is described in a brochure from Matrix Packing Machinery (Grafton, WI). The literature lists the features of the Matrix 916 machine and the Matrix 1000 Series.
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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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Horizontal f/f/s system

The Autopouch is Action Packaging Automation's (Roosevelt, NJ) new low-profile horizontal form/fill/seal system. It uses rollstock made from a variety of materials to produce filled pouches in sizes up to 18" x 30" at speeds to 40/min.
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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.
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Thermal-transfer printer

Designed as a replacement for conventional hot stamp and hot ink coders on most vf/f/s, cartoning and intermittent-motion machines, the EasyPrint CD is a compact programmable thermal-transfer printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ).
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Biotech food labeling

Biotechnologically derived foods should be allowed to be marketed as "organic" when appropriate and should not be subject to unnecessary and misleading labeling requirements.
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks

Computer peripheral maker/distributor Bay Networks doubles throughput at its Sunnyvale, CA, distribution center with an automated print-and-apply labeling system and networked computer software systems.
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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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