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Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
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Bag and pouch making

GN Packaging Equipment (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada): Medical pouch machines, GN26MP and GN36MP, produce pouches from webs to 26" and 36" widths, respectively.
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Net weight reality check

In an effort to give consumers more accurate information on the actual amount of food in a package, FDA is revising its regulations on net-weight contents declarations on food labels.
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Oil-shear brakes

Posistop® oil-shear brakes from Force Control (Fairfield, OH) are designed to eliminate the high maintenance associated with ordinary dry-friction brakes in stop-and-hold applications.
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California bill defeated

An attempt by California Assembly- woman Debra Brown to revise the state's existing environmental labeling law was defeated. The law, which concurs with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines on the use of environmental marketing claims, failed in committee on a 10-8 vote with three abstentions.
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Powered roller interface

Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) has introduced the Powered Roller Interface Module (PRIM). It's used to control powered roller conveyors and capture the status of the conveyor.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Mobil Chemical Co., Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) will use a new orienter to help boost its annual OPP packaging and labeling film capacity by 33 million lb at its Kerkrade, The Netherlands, plant.
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Bag and pouch making

FMC (Green Bay, WI): M-450 winder continuously produces interleaved bags or bags on a roll, from rollstock or an in-line film extruder when combined with the company's rotary-motion bag machine.
Figure 3 shows the basic operation of the entire case packing system, from multipack infeed to downstacking to case erecting to
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Case packer solves tissue issue

Unusual case packer at Georgia-Pacifics Bellingham plant employs an infeed laning system and a rotating bucket to load various prewrapped multipacks of bathroom tissue into corrugated cases.
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Q-Series two-station automated stretch wrapping system can be custom-built to meet specific application needs. The two-station configuration facilitates quicker loading and wrapping, at speeds to 40 loads/hr, depending on version.
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.
After containers are inserted into pucks by a rotary turret (top) that1s integrated into the unscrambler (at left, opposite page
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's

Body wash filling line is outfitted with a puck handling system for bottles that increases throughput by 25% while virtually eliminating container size changeover.
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Motorized rollers

Somfy Systems (Cranbury, NJ) has added Model SPMJ to its Power Moller line of internally motorized rollers and pulleys. Model SPMJ combines the benefits of a 24 VDC brushless motor with a 1.9" standard conveyor roller dia.
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Sara Lee launches MAP-packed Bragels

Modified atmosphere packaging that gives filled bagels a seven-day non-refrigerated shelf life may provide another reason why nobody doesn't like Chicago-based Sara Lee®.
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Blister forming/cartoning

The Compacker 1200-Pacliner 3000 (CP1200-P3000) from Klockner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) is designed for high-production blister packaging operations requiring no-tool changeover.
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Chairman of the printed board (sidebar)

Corrugated imitates plywood
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Carton sealing tape

Sekisui TA (Garden Grove, CA) has introduced STA 1160 Economy Carton Sealing Tape. The 1.6-mil tape comprises 0.9-mil BOPP and 0.7-mil water-based acrylic adhesive.
The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.

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