Machinery

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Busse: Can palletizer

Palletizing up to 4ꯠ cans/min, manufacturer Busse (Randolph, WI) is calling The Viper 4004 the fastest can palletizer in the world. It uses the air-assisted Pattern Rite(TM) bed system, which combines air-jet technology with multiple infeed belts to lift and guide containers through lanes and into position for palletizing.
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Controls Product Brief
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Vertical form/fill/seal system

Triangle Package Machinery's (Chicago, IL) Advantage CM vertical f/f/s system is designed for minimal maintenance. Its cross-seal jaw drive uses torsional couplings instead of sliding shafts, bushings, cams, springs and other linkage.
Controls Product Brief
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Top/bottom labeler

Joseph Manufacturing's (Overland Park, KS) top/bottom roll-on labeler applies p-s labels to tops and bottoms of containers at speeds to 120 labels/min.
A stand-up pouch with a pour spout is expected to help Nu Skin?s SportaGEL energy gel stand apart from the competition when it?s
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets

A stand-up, spouted pouch for an energy gel filled in the U.S. and sold in Japan, a first-of-its-kind milk pouch in Germany, and a stand-up frozen fruit pouch MAP-packed in Costa Rica illustrate the global power of the pouch.
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Catalog cites package decorating source books

Jelmar Publishing Co. (Plainview, NY) has a 16-page catalog that lists 32 books and studies that focus on packaging and package printing. Seven new books are listed in the two-color catalog.
Rhino Foods is relying on artwork by a prominent Vermont artist to help its Chessters frozen cookie sandwiches cut through the
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Carton takes Chessters to supermarket freezers

Rhino Foods of Burlington, VT, had a nice little business going with Chessters, a frozen chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich named after a Chesapeake Bay retriever.
Consumers can see the shoe polish through this clear PET container. Cream deodorant (below left) is dispensed from this novel co
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Clicking, polishing, adhering, deterring

From shoe polish in plastic to a "clickable" cream deodorant, innovative containers, materials and equipment took center stage at Pakex '98.
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Packages test 'new waters'

Infused with supplementary oxygen, new oxygenated bottled waters are said to enhance physical endurance and offer a fresh taste akin to mountain water.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensor

Designed for packaging line and machine applications, the new Model SM600 Flat-profile Series ultrasonic proximity sensors from Hyde Park (Dayton, OH) detect objects as small as 0.06" at a distance of 1.5" at speeds of 2ꯠ/min.
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Packagers tell insects: 'Stop bugging us!' (sidebar)

Prescription drug labeling changes
Materials Product Brief
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Slautterback Corp.: Color brochure

A four-page color brochure describing Slautterback Corp.'s (Monterey, CA) line of hot melt adhesive extrusion nozzles is now available. It has information on single- and multi-orifice nozzles for de-positing adhesive patterns in a variety of cartoning and packaging applications.
Materials Product Brief
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Orion Packaging Systems: Stretch wrapper leasing

Orion Packaging Systems (Memphis, TN) is now offering a leasing program that gives manufacturers an alternative to purchasing packaging equipment. The program is called Orion Financial Services and is fully deductible as a business expense.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Loma Intl., Inc. (Carol Stream, IL) finalized a business partnership with EG&G Astrophysics (Long Beach, CA) that would give Loma the right to distribute and sell EG&G X-ray detectors in the U.K., Canada, Central and South America, South Africa, the Far East and most European countries.
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Pregnancy labeling changes

FDA plans to revise its regulatory requirements for the pregnancy section of pharmaceutical labeling. An advanced notice of proposed rulemaking will put forth "preliminary proposals for changing the current requirements and will invite comments on all aspects of the notice." This is a long-term action and FDA gave no timetable.
Machine Product Brief
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Streamfeeder: Friction feeder

The ST 1250 Universal Friction Feeder(TM) from Streamfeeder (Minneapolis, MN) is "IQuipped(TM)" with an integrated on-board controller that allows maximum flexibility and integration ease.
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Inventing a super-premium category

Upscale packaging is being put to the test by Corby Distilleries (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in a launch of three new super-premium Canadian whiskeys.
To help the company make the package design conversion, Interbrand Gerstman+Meyers tailored its Brand Wizard software program fo
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Multinational pharmaceutical maker designs standards

Newly merged Hoechst Marion Roussel gets design help to unify the look of primary packages produced anywhere in the world. Package type and size standards are the next step.
Controls Product Brief
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L-sealer

The Model 360 automatic in-line shrink wrap L-sealer from Indaseal (Columbus, IN) is designed with simplicity and reliability in mind. PLC-driven machine has a continuous-infeed feature.

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