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Color sensor

The LC-104 color sensor from Sentex (Santa Clara, CA) permits rapid analysis of up to four color signatures. Offers three levels of sensitivity that can be adjusted according to the shades of colors to be read.
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Just ahead of the labeler, air knives (above) dry the bottles to make them more receptive to the labels. The rotary cold-glue l
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Craft brewer launches bottles for retail

Toronto specialty on-premise brewer parlays recent developments in filling, capping and labeling machines to install a bottling line in its very own basement.
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Eat-in tray for single-serve cereal

Spotted by PW editors at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was a 1.7-oz microwavable single-serve paperboard tray with integral lid for hot cereal from Nature's Path Foods, Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
Machine Product Brief
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Tray packer

The high-speed TP-50 tray packer from Kayat Eng. (Edgewater, FL) collates and packs bottles, jars, cans and tapered tubs at speeds to 65 trays/min.
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Future shock (sidebar)

Blue-sky packaging ideas
Machine Product Brief
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Case palletizer

The Patriot 8000 case palletizer from Priority One America (Sarasota, FL) forms two rows and two layers of cases simultaneously for loading onto one pallet.
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.
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets (sidebar)

While it contains no liquid, Quaker Oats' new "dual pack" for its 100% Natural Granola is bound to make waves in the cold cereal category.
Machine Product Brief
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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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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.
3M?s Global Packaging Initiative Task Force hopes that its newly implemented Global Shipping Container Labeling Standards will b
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Shipper strategies for a global marketplace

How do packagers handle shippers that must be suitable for markets around the world? 3M says standardize on labels, while Hewlett-Packard likes packaging postponement.
This simplified drawing shows a SERCOS network that connects the drives and the motion controller, which in turn is connected to
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Hershey 'opens' up for digital motion control (sidebar)

What SERCOS is and isn't
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

Metsys received Best of Show award at the recent Society for Technical Communication competition for its development of Theory and Concepts of Metal Detection computer-based training program.
A pallet load of Canadian Club rides along a roller conveyor towards stretch wrapping. Palletization and stretch wrapping tasks
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Conveyors bridge the gap for Hiram Walker

Conveyors carry cases of glass-bottled spirits over a bridge for palletization and stretch wrapping. That saves this Canadian distiller more than $500ꯠ per year.
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Water bottle vends like a can

Lancaster, PA-based Cloister Spring Water recently introduced its new H2O Cool spring water as "the first, the only 12-oz PET bottle that vends like a can." This allows the bottle to be sold through vending machines designed for canned soft drinks.
Machine Product Brief
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Corner labeler

The ApplyPro Corner Wrap(TM) is designed to print and apply a bar-code label on two adjacent sides of a case or carton using a unique vacuum system. This tamp/wipe system comes equipped with a Zebra printer.
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Off-line case feeder

The TR-1000 off-line case feeder from Certified Machinery (Lawrenceville, NJ) is specifically designed for use in conjunction with ink-jet printers, labelers, print/apply systems and verification equipment.
Amway bought an unusual press to produce high-quality p-s labels, such as for these laundry products
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P-s label press mixes it up

Amway has been using the narrow-web press since March '97 to print p-s labels for bottles of laundry products, kitchen cleaners and car care products.

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