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Digital servo drive

Indramat (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the DKR digital AC servo drive for multi-axis converting applications that require both high power and high accuracy, such as unwinding/rewinding, rotary die cutting and flexographic printing.
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Breaking the speed limit

With what's touted to be one of the first four-lane end conversion presses in the world, Korean canmaker Hanil Can Co. has revved up to never-before-seen speeds of 2군 can ends per minute on its new can end manufacturing line.
Materials Product Brief
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Puck feeder

Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) has introduced a new feeder with integrated pucks designed to gently orient and accumulate a variety of hard-to-handle parts such as baby bottle nipples, finger pumps, nasal sprayers, candy, rubber valves and mascara brushes.
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USDA wants disclosure on poultry ingredients labeling

On November 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a final ruling requiring packagers of hot dogs, bologna, and sausage to be more forthcoming in the ingredients statement if their products contain chicken or turkey meat.
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Vertical bagger

The Model V-250 vertical f/f/s bagger from Rovema (Lawrence-ville, GA) packs most free-flowing products, including granulates and powders, at speeds to 80 bpm.
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Tear tape

Linear Products (Vancouver, WA) has introduced 1/4" Sesame® Tape Plus tear tape. When applied to corrugated boxes, it enables retailers, consumers or industrial suppliers to open boxes without a knife.
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Kraft does double detection

While twin-lane metal detection equipment and pipeline detectors are not uncommon, it is unusual to find them both on the same packaging line. Kraft Jacobs Suchard wanted two systems in its Liverpool, England facility for a new high-speed filling line for Vitalite margarine.
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Coffee beverage sparkles in test

Mazagran sparkling coffee, the first product of a joint venture between Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. and Somers, NY-based Pepsi-Cola Co., has made its debut in Southern California.
Materials Product Brief
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Stand-up pouch form/fill/seal system

The ITD 2000 horizontal f/f/s system from LM Packaging (West Redding, CT) forms, fills and seals stand-up pouches with Doyen-style gussets at speeds over 100/min.
Updated graphics, sleeker contours and a wide base distinguish Hunt1s new blisters (above) from its original pack (right), which
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In the Hunt for higher output

To rejuvenate its old packaging, office supplies giant Hunt Manufacturing turns to one supplier for both a new package design and more productive machinery. The result is higher output with less labor.
Specialty Brands1 decision to change its caps to a custom green color is an attempt to    maintain brand consistency. Label pane
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Spicing up a line

Specialty Brands revamps its Durkee Spice products for a more contemporary look. A switch from PP to PET, new sizes, graphics and freshness coding add flavor to a well-established line.
Four-side printing on flat corrugated boxes is like a carousel ride at Federal Cartridge. Not only does it save costs for shor
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Bar code requirements generate more than savings

A digital case printer replaces bar-coded labels for Federal Cartridge to cut costs. But the printer did much more when case supplies were tight and expensive.
The new inner cap for Maybelline lipsticks not packed in blister cards is a thermoforming and trimming achievement. This is espe
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Maybelline 'caps' thermoforming technology

High-cavity tooling and a unique tandem trim operation with special matched-metal cutting dies produce a new inner cover for lipsticks. Shrink label provides security for products sold without blister cards.
Suntory can now rely on Monotherm-blown bottles (right) as well as on bottles blown by means of other heat-set technologies (lef
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New blow-molding process for heat-set PET bottles

Monotherm technology produces PET bottles that can be filled at temperatures as high as 95°C. New Age beverages and returnable/refillable bottles are target applications.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International news

General Electric Plastics India, Ltd. (Baroda, India) and Improved Blow Molding Equipment Co., Inc. (Bedford Park, IL) have announced the 4th quarter start-up of a turnkey system for the production of 20-liter Lexan® polycarbonate water bottles.
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Clarified PP bottles make envirosense in Canada

At PAC-EX '95, Canada's national packaging exhibition, a pallet load of plastic bottles containing colored water had attendees guessing. The clear round and square bottles were from Container Corp.
Materials Product Brief
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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Boca Raton, FL) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before wrapping it around the pallet load.
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Digital printing on demand

Indigo America (Woburn, MA) demonstrated for the first time in the U.S. its new Omnius(TM) One-Shot Color(TM) web-fed press for short-run, on-demand package printing.

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