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The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
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Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Black Clawson Converting Machinery Corp. (Fulton, NY) has signed an agreement with Pagendarm Technologies GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) to market and manufacture the Pagendarm product line for coating and drying technology in all of North and South America, except for Brazil.
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High-speed palletizer

Western Atlas' (Hebron, KY) von Gal Z-5 OmniWrap(TM) high-speed palletizer has a 360° monorail-type stretch wrapper built into the hoist area.
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Hot probe sealing of tubes

The Tonazzi line of tube filling machines from Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) uses hot probe tube sealing system for closure of HDPE, LDPE, PP, laminated, and coextruded tubes.
Scimed?s color thermal-transfer-printed label is virtually indistinguishable from its previous preprinted label, shown at right
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Thermal-transfer goes four-color process

Scimed Life Systems uses up its $250ꯠ preprinted label stock inventory in favor of on-demand high-quality four-color process thermal-transfer printing. Label stock changeover drops from 20 per shift to just over one.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) will begin a $75 million capital project at its Macon, GA, paper mill for converting its remaining kraft linerboard machine for the production of coated paperboard for beverage and food packaging.
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Bundler offers tear strip

EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) offers film perforation as a standard option on most new bundling systems, or as a retrofitted option on existing systems.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MULTI-FILL Inc. (Sandy, UT) will purchase the complete line and inventory of the MPFS and MPFM volumetric pocket fillers from HEMA U.S.A. Inc. (Sandy, UT).
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Continuous-motion case packer

Hartness (Greenville, SC) has introduced the OctoPack(TM) continuous-motion case packer. It packs plastic or glass containers of most shapes and sizes into a range of case types, including RSCs, corrugated trays, tab lock trays, and soft drink or dairy-type cases with or without partitions, of any depth.
Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
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FTC not playing with Toys 'R' Us

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged toy industry retail giant Toys 'R' Us with exacting heavy-handed agreements from toy manufacturers that dictate how toys should be packaged for different accounts.
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Case packer brochure

Focke & Co., Inc. (Greensboro, NC) has released a six-page, full-color brochure detailing its 486 case packer. A key advantage of the 486 case packer is its fast, no-tool changeover with positive start-up.
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Bar code label printer

Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) has introduced the Orion point-of-use thermal-transfer bar code label printer. Well-suited for applications where space is limited, it has a footprint measuring 8" x 10.1".
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From aseptic pouch to aseptic carton

A 500-mL aseptic brick-pack for foodservice customers is helping Tetley® USA, Shelton, CT, cash in on the explosive growth of fruit-flavored iced teas.
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Easy-open pack for bundles

Bundles of six 2-L water bottles from Perrier/Vittel, Paris, France, get an easy-open feature thanks to a new multilayer shrink film with directional tear resistance.
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Custom chemical labels

Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) offers p-s label stock for chemical labeling applications such as drum identification. Labels can be customized to withstand most environments, or given a UV-resistant coating to meet OSHA regulations.
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NutraSweet drum labeler keeps on ticking

Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.

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