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Packagers still seeking help on electronic components

Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
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RF welder

Thermex-Thermatron (Bay Shore, NY) has developed a radio frequency welder that uses a combination of PLC control and specific algorithms to allow preprogramming of up to eight settings.
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Supplier news: International agreements

General Corrugated Machinery Co. (Palisades Park, NJ) will sell Samovi Ricart's (Barcelona, Spain) case packers, palletizers and stretch wrappers in the U.S.
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Pouches stand up for DuPont awards

For the second year running, stand-up pouches were prominent among winners in the DuPont Awards competition. Markets from around the world are represented in this 10th installment of the annual competition.
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Case-ready packaging options

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed a brochure outlining an innovative range of case-ready packaging options to help packagers offer a greater variety of pre-packaged, premium-quality foods.
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Palletizer/horizontal case packer

Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) will show the new Eagle 50 Robotic Palletizer, manufactured by Italy's Gruppo Elettric 80, fully integrated with the Schneider high-speed, servo-driven, horizontal case packer.
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Skin packaging film

Flex-O-Glass (Chicago, IL) has developed a coextruded film for skin packaging called MS78-CXO1. Made of the company's Sur-Flex®, a DuPont Surlyn®-based film, the coextruded film has a non-wet finish.
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Tabletop chipboard printer

Bell-Mark's (Pine Brook, NJ) TB920 tabletop chipboard printer can print bar codes on cartons, blister cards, inserts or displays at speeds to 125 units/min.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

R.A. Jones & Co., Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) and Food Machinery Sales, Inc. will create and sell integrated product handling and collating, wrapping and cartoning equipment.
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Case packer

The new automatic and servo-motor driven case packer from Brenton Eng. (Alexandria, MN) reaches speeds to 35 cases/min. It features a patented continuous-motion downstacker.
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USDA-approved inks

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
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Sportscap closure tops water bottles

A pull-push sportscap closure adds extra appeal to Castle Springs' two new sizes of natural spring water. Supplied by Creative Packaging (Buffalo Grove, IL), the 28-mm closure includes a clear green injection-molded polypropylene base, a white polyethylene spout and clear PP overcap.
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Components assume new importance in packaging

Conveyors, coding and marking machines, and motors and drives are the components best-known to packagers who have production and engineering responsibilities.
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Wraparound labeler

CMS Gilbreth (Philadelphia, PA) has developed a new labeler with quick-change features suited for the food and beverage industries. The QuickChange(TM) 6700 labeler is an electronically timed, roll-fed labeler that reaches speeds of up to 1겨 containers/min.
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Screw conveyor

A mobile flexible screw conveyor from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) allows the transport of powder and bulk materials at up to 300 cu'/hr, and up to 14' H.
Full-height corrugated trays are used for six packs of PET gallons. It?s a packaging format that has been a huge success in club
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Tropicana tries shelf-stable OJ in PET

Hot-filled orange juice in 1-gal heat-set PET bottles have been selling at a brisk pace at club stores nationwide since Tropicana launched them about a year ago.
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Horizontal cartoner

The continuous-motion A Thiele PSC+ horizontal cartoner from Thiele Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) features a toolless changeover and runs four different sized tubes and cartons.

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