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While the loading area of the automatic palletizer is stationary, its shuttle portion carries as many as five pallets at a time.
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On-line coding paves the way for automatic palletizing

One shuttle palletizer handles cases from five different Blue Diamond almond packaging lines thanks to on-line bar coding and reliable scanners.
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Fiber optic sensor

The OBF family of photoelectric sensors from ifm efector (Exton, PA) minimizes the chance of false signals through a simple, two-button set-up procedure.
Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.
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Magnetic conveyors

O.S. Walker (Worcester, MA) has introduced a line of magnetic conveyor systems for handling cans with special dimensions, such as a tall height-to-diameter ratio or top-heavy cans.
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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Multi-range case sealer

A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) has introduced a case sealer that handles seven different case styles. The Super Pro 30S case sealer runs RSCs, HSCs, CSSCs, full- and partial-overlap cases and gap flap cases, in sizes from 8" x 6" x 4.5" to 24" x 16" x 18".
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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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Susceptor films

Himac (Atlanta, GA) offers a line of polyester microwave susceptor films that can be chemically or corona treated to precise customer specifications.
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Stand-up pouches debut for Stockpot's chilled soup concentrates

In its 15 years of existence, Stockpot Soup, Redmond, WA, has earned an international reputation among restauranteurs for high-quality, cook/chill soup concentrates, sauces, gravies and entrees.
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Modular packaging line

Germany's interpack 96, the 14th International Trade Fair for packaging machinery and packaging, boasts the latest in machinery, containers and materials from around the world. Begun last month, we continue to review new products to be introduced in Dsseldorf, May 9 through 15.
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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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In-line screw capper

The New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) will exhibit its new NRC-20 HES automatic in-line screw capper, in conjunction with distributor Peter Binder GmbH.
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NACD calls cocktail mix bottle 'Finest'

Polypropylene bottle earns top award by providing functionality and contact clarity for cocktail mixes sold for on-premise use. Other easy-to-use containers also won awards, as did containers differentiated by decoration.
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Bottle unscrambler

Kalish (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has eliminated change parts on its Kalisort 150 bottle unscrambler to minimize changeover time to under 2 minutes without tools.
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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.
The reclosable Premise 75 package (top) offers convenience and safety for pest control operators (PCOs). The unusual placement o
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Getting the bugs out

A new insecticide from Bayer's Agricultural Div. is packaged in a protective envelope with multiple compartments that adds new dimensions to a not-so-old packaging concept.
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Case loader

Salwasser's (Reedley, CA) Model W-60 mechanical wraparound case former, loader and sealer reaches speeds of up to 18 cases/min and comes equipped with a 300-case horizontal magazine.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) will produce Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.'s (Tokyo, Japan) new Sumitomo Poucher(TM) for liquids on Klockner's horizontal form/fill/seal machinery.

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