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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

HK Systems (New Berlin, WI): D. J. "Jim" Pratt, vp, von Gal® palletizer operations.
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Directory of converters

The Directory of Label and Package Converters, 1997 edition, has been published by Jelmar Publishing (Plainview, NY), in conjunction with the Label-Pack Converting Institute.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

The operations of Black Clawson-SANO (Amelia, OH) will be transferred to the Black Clawson Converting Machine Corp. (Fulton, NY).
New containers are helping Nestlé?s powdered milk mixes stand out internationally. In the U.K., a new hot chocolate drink mi
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Nestlé puts new faces on mix containers

A multi-material oval can in the U.K., a twin-pack of pouches in Switzerland, and a high-density polyethylene oval in the U.S. each deliver kid-oriented retail punch for Nestlé's powdered milk mixes.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Mead Containerboard (Atlanta, GA): Kenneth F. Hanway, vp, converting operations.
Controls Product Brief
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Ultrasonic valve bag sealer

The new Bemis (Minneapolis, MN) ultrasonic valve bag sealer seals bags containing dusty, powdery and free-flowing products at speeds to 5 bags/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Vegatronic is Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) new automatic vf/f/s system that permits quick changeover from standard pillow-style to zipper packs. Handle adjustments, rather than tools, allow 90° rotation of jaws.
Materials Product Brief
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Labeling system

The LabelShot(TM) is a new labeling system from Imtec (Bellows Falls, VT). It consists of a stand-alone thermal-transfer printer and a label applicator.
Controls Product Brief
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Quick-change capability

Marq Packaging System's (Yakima, WA) new quick-changeover (QC) capability is controlled through a PLC so that most axes can be changed simultaneously.
Potato chips are vibrated into a central distribution cone (left). Chips are dispersed among 16 scale hoppers around this cone b
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El Jawhara bags snacks in burgeoning Egyptian market

Bagging equipment helps El Jawhara develop a strong presence in Egypt's rapidly growing snack food market. The equipment is expected to provide a three- to four-year payback by economically producing high volumes of bagged snacks.
Materials Product Brief
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Labeling brochure

"Creative Labeling Concepts" is a full-color brochure from Topflight (York, PA). It incorporates the latest global technologies for creating primary labels and offers "concepts" for exploiting the full potential of p-s adhesive technologies.
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Pouches stand up around the globe

Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.
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Machine technology that slashes changeover

In this second report from our survey of changeover trends, readers describe how new equipment technology like control programming and tool-free adjustments helps them attack downtime.
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Conflicting standards

A proposed effort to develop an international labeling system for all chemicals and mixtures could result in mandatory relabeling of U.S. food products containing safe levels of pesticide residues or food additives.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensor

The WTR photoelectric proximity sensor from SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) is specifically designed for accumulation, loading and unloading applications on roller conveyors.
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Revamped lines and switch to bags trigger savings
Materials Product Brief
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P-s labeler

Accraply's (Hopkins, MN) Model 935PW is a new labeler designed to apply paper, film, or thin-film p-s labels to rectangular and cylindrical containers used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Stork Bepak B.V., Stork Biviator B.V., and Stork Conveyor Systems B.V. have merged to form Stork BP&L B.V. (Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands)

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