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Shrink wrap bundlers

The FlexWrap line of shrink wrap bundlers from Barry-Wehmiller Packaging (Clearwater, FL) has been expanded to include intermittent- and continuous-motion models.
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Materials Product Brief
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Case packer/unpacker

Krones' (Frankin, WI) Roundpak case packer/unpacker can handle glass or PET containers in a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights at speeds to 100 cases/ min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) signed on with Flex-Link (Bethlehem, PA) to build Flex-Link conveyors and automation components.
Controls Product Brief
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Blister system

Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) has introduced the Ministar-G7 automatic blister packaging system. It handles a variety of carded blister packs running in medium- to high-speed applications.
Controls Product Brief
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Case erector/bottom sealer

Marq Packaging (Yakima, WA) has redesigned the drive system of its Model 2000 case erector bottom sealer to use top and bottom flight lugs for transferring cases through the machine instead of a case pusher.
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
Materials Product Brief
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Semi-automatic feeder

Fleetwood Systems' (Romeoville, IL) Rotopak(TM) is a universal semi-automatic feeder unit that improves the efficiency of lines handling magazine-fed products.
Feature Article
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Logic makes paint flow freely

Valspar Corp. used advance logic technology to "smarten up" its new 1-gal paint canning line in Statesville, NC. The line is able to automatically react to trouble spots by slowing or stopping parts of the line or rerouting product flow around hot spots.
Great care was taken in designing the thermoform for the sliced varieties so that slices would neatly shingle
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U.K. firm ships Costa Rican fruit via Canadian technology

Unique packaging lets Geest ship fresh-cut pineapplein clear thermoforms to markets not only in the UK but also France and the U.S. Shelf life is 35 days.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Klockner Pentaplast of America Inc. (Gordonsville, VA) has established a research and materials testing center for pharmaceutical blister package films so that customers can develop or improve their blister packages.
Controls Product Brief
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Side belt case sealer

3M Masking and Packaging Systems Div. (St. Paul, MN) has introduced the 3M-Matic(TM) 800asb side belt drive adjustable case sealer. It's capable of sealing RSCs from 6" L x 3.9" W x 2.75" H to an unlimited length x 21.5" W x 24.5" H at a rate of 30/min.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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Margarine filling system

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) will demonstrate its new Fast-Pak 1x2 DK margarine filling system at the Jagenberg booth. It fills 1- to 10-oz preformed cups at speeds to 80/min.
News
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Heinz faces underweights

It started with a consumer complaint about an underweight plastic ketchup bottle in northern California. Officials there asked the Office of Weights and Measures at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct a multi-state survey of Heinz ketchup.
Controls Product Brief
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High-speed labeler

The Universal(TM) SL-2000/3000 from Park Products (St. Petersburg, FL) is a high-speed semi-automatic stepper-driven label applicator. It prints p-s labels up to 6" W at speeds to 3ꯠ"/min, with ±025" accuracy.
Materials Product Brief
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Bell-shaped ovals

Fenton, Weber & Jones Packaging (Tonawanda, NY) has introduced a line of bell-shaped oval containers with gold-colored closures. Available in 125-, 250-, 300-, 350-, and 500-mL with a 24/415 finish.
Film rolls are locked into position via quick-release levers to make changes quick. Just below the film unwind, Saputo uses an i
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Quick changeover

Beyond improved package seals, the other critical feature of the Integra is the ease of change- over, in part because of the simplicity of the machine.
PC Materials uses vacuum chamber coating equipment in its low-temperature plasma coating process. Here the substrate is visible
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Will silica coatings become more affordable?

From a relatively inexpensive liquid source, PC Materials extracts silica and chemically bonds it to the surface of polyester to create clear, high-barrier films.

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