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Blister sealer

Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH) has developed the Model 15-RS-E six-station rotary blister sealer with a new package eject system. This employs a robotic arm to move blisters from the sealing area to an exit chute, eliminating the need for an operator.
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On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
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USDA streamlines, too

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two more steps toward deregulation of the meat and poultry industry. As of July 1, the burden of approval is reduced and labeling responsibility reverts back to companies.
Controls Product Brief
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Roll-fed labeler

An updated version of the 900 Series Polyclad roll-fed labeler from Associated Packaging Equipment (Markham, Ontario, Canada) features stainless-steel construction for use by the dairy, food and beverage industries.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

(Livingston, NJ) recently opened its new 24ꯠ-sq' sales/technical service facility in Livingston, NJ, with an in-house exhibition of full blister forming & feeding machines.
Controls Product Brief
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Clear container sensor

The CCS Series adaptive clear-container photoelectic sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) senses glass and plastic containers at a rate of 2ꯠ/min.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
Controls Product Brief
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Robotic palletizer

Model A730 robotic palletizer from Columbia/Okura (Vancouver, WA) can accommodate multiple products and production lines. This vertical, multi-articulated palletizer has a 300° radius of movement.
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Roll-feed dispensers

The RF375 Series of roll-feed dispensers from Longford Equipment (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is suited for large runs requiring coupon insertion on vertical f/f/s machines and vertical or horizontal bag-in-box lines.
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Gatorade powder can taps brand equity

Gatorade Co. is tapping its pro sports image to relaunch its powdered drink mix. Formerly in an ordinary spiral-wound composite container, the mix is now packaged in an orange canister from Liquid Container (West Chicago, IL) that replicates the look of the large Gatorade dispensing cooler seen on the sidelines at national sporting events.
Controls Product Brief
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Vertical f/f/s machine for food and nonfood applications

The Butler(TM) 3 is a new vertical form/fill/seal machine from UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) suited for frozen foods, cereal, pasta, pet food, powders and granulates.
Materials Product Brief
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Linerless piggyback labels

The PigLess Back(TM) Label from Media Solutions (Longmeadow, MA) is a direct thermal linerless label that allows an average of 43% additional label material per roll, depending on roll size.
In Sonoco?s pilot production line, seven lanes of canisters are being gently conveyed from the container former/cutter to the pa
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Sonoco's new line produces 'swell' shape

Called a pilot line, Sonoco's new nonround paperboard canister fabricating line at Hartsville, SC, will keep Lipton and others supplied. European forming technology and paper bottom sealing rounds off Lipton's rectangular shape.
Single-faced laminating provides 100% print coverage since the ?label? is actually a preprinted liner that?s laminated directly
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Schneider short-sheets paper costs

J.M. Schneider eliminates a layer of paper with its new F-flute litho-laminated box for prepared meats. The package reduced material costs and box manufacturing steps and competes with paperboard on cost, appearance.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY) awarded Supplier Certification status from Waco, TX-based Allergan, Inc.
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Bat bottle's a hit for Coors

Just in time for baseball's opening day was Coors Brewing's baseball bat-shaped bottle. The neck of the amber bottle used for 18-oz sizes of Coors Light and Original Coors doubles as the bat's handle.
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Smart cartridges offer premium juice

Minute Maid Foodservice's latest venture in juice dispensing technology is Minute Maid® Premia, a new, high-tech dispenser designed to eliminate imprecise mixing of water and juice concentrate.
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U.S. companies say Eco-labels have hollow echo

U.S. Trade Representative presses European Union to endorse labels with descriptive language. Threats of trade retaliation ups the ante.

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