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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.
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Shown here are just five of the 12 different bottles currently filled on the Yoshida line
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Yoshida sauce line sizzles

Yoshida's gourmet sauce is so popular at club stores in the U.S. and export markets around the globe, its packaging needed increased speed and versatility.
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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.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Vertical case packer

The vertical case packer from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) can top- or bottom-load products of any shape into RSCs, HSCs, overlapping or display cases.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has opened a $30 million carton converting plant in Perry, GA.
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Tray packer

Padlocker's (Tamarac, FL) Traypack 7000 is a cost-effective system for packing cartons, jars, cans and bottles into corrugated trays at speeds to 20 trays/min.
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High-speed applicator

The Universal(TM) SL-2000/3000 from Park Products (St. Petersburg, FL) is a high-speed automatic stepper-driven label applicator. It applies labels up to 6" W at speeds to 3ꯠ"/min, with ±.025" accuracy.
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Olestra label dispute

Procter & Gamble Co. and Frito-Lay, the nation's biggest snack manufacturer, are asking FDA to accept less explicit language in labeling requirements for products containing olestra, a fat replacement ingredient developed by P&G.
At each of the five net weigh fillers, product flows from vibratory feeders (right) into the weigh bucket. The filler in the abo
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Blue Diamond shines with new case handling system

From case setup to case taping, corrugated cases are automatically guided through a "smart" handling system, part of which is hoisted out of the way when 1겨-lb totes are running.
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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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Melon salad counts on PVC jars

Chilled fruit leader UniMark Foods of Argyle, TX, is well known in supermarkets nationwide for its 26-oz portions of tropical fruits in glass jars sold on ice in the produce department.
The quick-change rotary orienter (top) properly aligns three 375-ml flasks sold in two distinctive shapes (above
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Unloader, orienter speed Seagram's glass flask line

Automated uncasing speeds output and reduces costs for 375-mL glass flasks. Quick-change bottle orienter aligns bottles for downstream functions.
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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.
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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.
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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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Case/tray packing system

The Casestar Model 808SF from Rockford Midland (Rockford, IL) is designed to case-pack multiple layers of small products in a variety of configurations.

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