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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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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Epsilon Polyolefin Corp. (S. Plainfield, NJ) will invest $50 million in expanding its polyolefin shrink film line and modifying its headquarters to accommodate state-of-the-art technology, extrusion and converting capabilities.
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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Packaging Systems Automation, Inc: Transport cartoner

Packaging Systems Automation (Plymouth, MN) will introduce the IMC-612 intermittent-motion transport cartoner. Its "no flight chain" carton transport allows perfectly square cartons, says the company.
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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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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
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Materials Handling Systems, Inc: Materials Handling Systems, Inc: Packaging/handling systems

Ram Center (Red Wing, MN) will display robotic machinery for cus-tom-designed packaging and materials handling systems. Applications include PET preform feeding systems, PET preform line balancing, PET bottle bulk palletizing, product case loading and case palletizing.
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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.
Seven-color gravure printing and designer graphics give the Decas pouch an upscale look
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Decas does cranberries elegantly

Early tests showed real promise, so Decas Cranberry forged ahead with a stand-up, zippered pouch. Gravure-printed graphics in seven colors project premium quality image.
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Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Co.: Separating liner

The Tri-Gard® Separating cap liner from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) lets packagers accomplish two goals at once. The multi-layered liner, already inside the cap when supplied to the packaging line, is induction sealed to a plastic bottle to provide a secure seal and tamper evidence.
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Country of origin

Diehards are still attempting to require front panel country-of-origin marking on packages of frozen fruits and vegetables. In the latest developments, Rep.
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Label spells it all out

A new product launch by Alberto Culver receives a major boost from an elaborate booklet/label applied to the back of the container. Now available nationwide in food, drug and mass merchandisers, the Cortexx line of two shampoos and two conditioners contain a special gelatin that can help prevent hair loss by preventing split ends.
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Magnetic cable conveyor

Walker Magnetics (Worcester, MA) will demonstrate a magnetic cable conveyor at the show. It conveys empty or full steel cans at speeds to 1ꯠ/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.
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Flexible package cans aroma

This French coffee producer is the first to use a unique "flexible can" produced by an integrated grinding/packaging system that allows immediate filling and keeps aromas in.
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Desiccare, Inc: Oxygen scavenger

The O-Buster non-toxic, hygienic, odorless oxygen scavenger from Desiccare (Richland, MS) is designed to prevent mold and odor formation and oxidation.
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Dietary guidelines being revised

The National Academy of Sciences has begun a major overhaul of "recommended daily allowances" (RDAs) of nutrients found in food. Nutrition labels on food products indicate the percentage of the RDA supplied by the food product for each nutrient.

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