Machinery

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Biodegradable polyester

DuPont Films (Wilmington, DE) has introduced a hydro/biodegradable polyester that is said to decompose without harm to the soil or environment. A modified PET polymer, Biomax can be made into fibers, films or resins, and has a melting point of around 200°C.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
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Labeling adhesive

Designed to accommodate a range of label stocks, substrates, processing and end uses, National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) has introduced a new hot melt adhesive.
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Bagging system

The new Sprint bagger from the SidePouch(TM) Div. of Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) will debut at WestPack. Its unique features-including a rectangular bag opening, adjustable rails and the ability to handle multiple bags simultaneously-make it especially suitable for hard-to-package kit items.
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Company brochure

Display Pack (Grand Rapids, MI) has released a brochure on its converting and contract packaging capabilities. Six-, five- and two-color presses for printed packaging materials are described.
Labeled bottles travel through this 0;bridge? between the molding plant and the bottling operation on what may be the longest a
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
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Print/apply labeler

Equipped with a heavy-duty motor, the V3 print/apply labeler from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is an all-in-one system. It combines a microprocessor-controlled p-s labeling head with an in-line thermal printer.
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Flow wrapper for heat- or cold-sealable films

The Pack 300 from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a new servo-driven system for flow wrapping products in heat- or cold-sealable films. Operating at speeds of 300+ packages/min, depending on product and packaging material, the Pack 300 is suitable for multi-shift, non-stop production.
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Oral-B, Nickelodeon brush up on oral care graphics

Last month, Belmont, CA-based Oral-B Laboratories introduced a line of collectible tooth brushes and pastes branded with children's cable television network Nickelodeon(TM) and its hit show, "Rugrats." Designed by Kornick Lindsay (Chicago, IL), the colorful packaging/product is part of "a strategic partnership between Oral-B and Nickelodeon in which the packaging helps fight the battle to get kids to brush and make it a better experience," says Sheree Lucas, Oral-B product manager.
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P-s coupon system

New from American Creative Packaging (Algoma, WI) is the E-PACS(TM) capsule. It's a pressure-sensitive overwrap containing a coupon or three-dimensional piece up to 3/8" thick.
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Trimming lawn trimmer line costs

This past spring, Frigidaire Home Products, formerly Poulan/Weed Eater, began selling its lawn trimmer replacement line in a two-piece clamshell of polyvinyl chloride that provides several advantages to both Frigidaire and consumers.
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High-speed bagging

The UltraStar XLT high-speed bagging system from Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN) uses a PC to interface with the Bemis Smart Distributed System for increased control.
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Shrink wrap system

Associated Bag (Milwaukee, WI) offers a manually operated portable shrink wrapping system that plugs into standard 110v outlets. It includes a bar sealer/film dispenser, two-speed heat gun and PVC film in 22" x 100' rolls.
A printed label held by a vacuum grid awaits an oncoming case (right). After the front portion is applied, the side is brushed d
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Two panels for the cost of one

Private-label manufacturer Nakano Foods applies corner-wrap bar-code labels at upwards of 20 cases/min to satisfy customer requests for adjacent panel labeling.
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Case packer for pouches

The Efficia 100 case packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is designed to pack a wide variety of individually pouched products such as coffee, iced tea and cereal into a case.
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Quick-change feature

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) ChaseLock(TM) instant-release, vial-and-stopper feeder bowl-and-track system is now available on the company's FS Series of filling and stopper insertion machines.
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CLARIFICATION

In our June story titled "Case packer solves tissue issue," the changeover time was misstated. It takes three hours to change upstream manufacturing systems but only minutes to change the case packer supplied by R.A.
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Reforming FDA

Congress has picked up the pace on FDA reform, with legislation moving in both the House and Senate. Strongly backed by food manufacturers is language in the Senate bill providing that health claims on food labels would be presumed to be authorized if the claim is based on, and consistent with, findings of a federal health agency or of the National Academy of Sciences.

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