Machinery

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Stepper motor labeler

The AD-2550 stepper motor applicator from Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT) replaces the clutch/brake system of the AD-2500. The 2550's compact 15" design integrates with most vertical form/fill/seal machines, horizontal overwrappers and baggers.
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CR packages: another bone of contention

Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Retailers' influence strengthens over packaging

ECR, pre-built displays and J-I-T delivery are just three reasons why many retailers are now calling the shots on both primary and secondary packaging. Three of the largest manufacturers help converters understand how they respond.
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Conveyors and automation

FlexLink Systems Co. (Bethlehem, PA) has introduced an updated full-color brochure that provides an overview of the full line of FlexLink conveyor and automation component products.
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No-fluff package

O'Tec, Inc., one of the few producers of bagged cotton candy for the retail market, attributes much of its success to the high-barrier flexible bag it uses to protect the spun sugar from moisture.
At its new Wautoma, WI, plant, Atrium?s automatic line relies heavily on a new dual tablet/capsule counter/filler (above) and in
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Atrium earns an 'A' for bottle sealing

Induction sealing was so effective at three other plants that food supplement maker Atrium added a fourth machine at its new plant in Wautoma, WI. A fifth machine is expected shortly.
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Pallet unwrapper

MSK Covertech (Marietta, GA) has introduced the Defotech fully automatic pallet unwrap-ping machine. Designed for applications where large quantities of shrink or stretch film must be removed from pallets on a daily basis, the Defotech can unwrap up to 60 pallets/hr and then transfer the film to a baler or conveyor.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) acquired certain business interests of Feeder Systems (Vista, CA). Hoppmann also acquired exclusive rights to a labeler line from Applied Technologies, Inc.
Pressing arrow keys on the touchscreen display (above) trains the camera to focus in on the date/lot code. One touchscreen disp
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Easy PC controlfor machine vision

Upsher-Smith Laboratories uses off-the-shelf PC hardware for an all-in-one video capture/bar-code scanning inspection system to satisfy FDA labeling regs while keeping false rejects low.
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Trial blister packaging system

The Trialpack 600 from Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL) is designed for fully automated clinical trial packaging. Its machine vision system makes it suited for randomized and blinded clinical trials.
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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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AquaPenn bottles Gerber, adds band

Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Going with the flow

New centralized ink system keeps ink flowing for hassle-free ink-jet printing at Arcadia Farms. Ink supply can be changed on the fly.
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Kraft's clamshell says 'Manchego'

Kraft Foods de Mexico's new Manchego-style cheese slices are merchandised in a clear hinged clamshell that's thermoformed from a custom resin. Value-added package results in brisk sales.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

A new series of vertical form/ fill/seal machines from Packaging Aids (San Rafael, CA) bags food and non-food products into overlap-, gusset-, fin- and flat bottom-style bags at speeds to 120 bags/min.
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Infant formula GMPs could be something to cry about

Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.

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