Machinery

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Packing process grows on Teixeira Farms

California produce grower lengthens lettuce shelf life and saves material costs by switching from waxed cases to a bag-in-box configuration.
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Bar-code printer

Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA) offers the Solus® desktop bar-code label printer in direct-thermal or thermal-transfer models. Solus printers can print bar codes, labels and tags at 3"/sec, at a 203-dpi resolution.
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Checkweigher keeps hobbyists happy

People who assemble plastic scale models as a hobby are not amused when the Titanic they brought home is missing a smokestack, or their Mustang GT has only three wheels.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Slautterback (Monterey, CA): Bob Gragg, market group mgr., graphic arts & converting; Jim Kelley, market mgr., graphic arts & converting.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: All Packaging Machinery: Vertical sealing system

Model VCBS-1/4T-6"x5' continuous band sealer is from All Packaging Machinery (Ronkonkoma, NY). It has a lower-speed conveyor to accommodate light to heavy-duty applications.
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Lozenges are blister-packed, flow-wrapped

Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.
Frozen soup is stored in this walk-in freezer until a frozen food distributor picks it up for delivery to supermarkets
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Tabletop filler boosts soups

Since a tabletop filler was installed last December, restaurant Barnum & Bagel is enjoying solid growth in supermarket sales of its frozen soups in PP tubs and lids
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Modular inspection system

New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) has developed a modular inspection system designed to handle a range of functions-from simple detection of missing cap liners to the full-scale, 100% inspection of capping.
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ID Technology: Ink-jet system with reject station

I.D. Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) has designed a custom high-resolution ink-jet coding system that prints, scans and verifies bar codes on two sides of a case or carton.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has acquired four French converting operations and a paper mill from La Rochette Group (Paris, France).
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Supplier news: Achievements

Westvaco's (New York, NY) Dr. Richard E. Nordgren won the George Olmsted Award from the American Forest and Paper Assn. for developing an improved register controller for high-speed converting equipment.
Materials Product Brief
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Slautterback Corp.: Hot melt data sheet

Slautterback (Monterey, CA) is offering a full-color data sheet describing its new HD1 Head Driver designed to enhance electric head-valve performance in a hot melt adhesive applicator system.
Materials Product Brief
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Net-weigh filling machines

Fill-Weigh (Plainfield, IL) has introduced a portable two-head net-weigh filling machine for jugs and pails of liquid products of varying viscosities.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Russell-Stanley (Red Bank, NJ) will open a combination plastic drum blow-molding/recycling plant in Allentown, PA.
Blister packs and lidded cups are two prominent techniques for providing single-dose packs of medication. A worker at Packaging
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Federal 'medicine' for drug errors may be hard to swallow

Agencies are now considering requirements for unit-dose packaging and bar coding of containers to reduce the potential for medication errors.
Machine Product Brief
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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.
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Unitrak Corp.: Case packer

The Efficia 300 Layer Packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) provides a fast and efficient way to automatically layer and fill cases of pouched products.

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