Machinery

A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
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In-line capper

New Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) new in-line capper uses a patent-pending design to improve torque range and enable users to reach speeds of 600 caps/min, depending on bottle size.
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Cohesive bonding

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) offers a choice of four special cohesive bonding solutions for unitizing pallet loads. For use with the FastBreak® Cohesive Unitizing System.
Two of Coors? bulk bins for crowns are shown in their role as hoppers atop the crown feeders. The built-in slide gates, current
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Reusable bin does double duty for Coors

Coors receives its bottle crowns in custom plastic bulk bins that double as hoppers on the packaging line thanks to a built-in slide gate.
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Ales boast custom bottle, gold-stamped labels

When Portland, OR-based BridgePort Brewing Co. added two new brands to its line of premium ales last month, it used the opportunity to introduce a custom glass bottle for all four ale varieties in the line.
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
A custom-engineered flat sealing head induction-seals recessed closures in jug-in-box containers
Machine Case Study
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An unconventional seal

A custom-engineered induction sealer allows Jensen Foods to apply tamper-evident inner seals to 41/2-gal jug-in-box foodservice packs.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Prodo-Pak's (Garfield, NJ) Model RVF-16.5S is a vertical form/fill/ seal machine designed to produce four-side-sealed pouches in multiples of two to 12 across, at speeds to 1ꯠ pouches/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Klockner Bartelt, Inc. (Sarasota, FL): Jeff Martin, business dir., pouch and packaging systems; Dave Miller, market development dir., pouch packaging; Jim Lyons, business dir., cartoning systems.
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Bang the drum carefully

Open-headed fiber drums can't pass U.S. Dept. of Transportation drop tests. NAS recommendations could result in an exemption.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Advantage vf/f/s system from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is made with stainless steel to meet USDA sanitary requirements for packaging poultry, red meat, seafood and similar products into retail or club- size packages.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT): Catherine A. Bryson, dir., sales and mktg.
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Labeling meat substitutes

FDA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) want to encourage more nutritious variations of traditional foods, but are wrestling with how such foods should be labeled.
Controls Product Brief
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Case erector

The Pro Forma 230 is a new case erector from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) designed to be very forgiving to variations in corrugated cases.
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PP/polyester film

Q-PET(TM) is a patent-pending coextruded multilayer film with a core layer of PP and surface layers of polyester. This offers users a significant cost reduction over traditional PP, says the company.
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Strategies for bar code printer/applicators

"The biggest mistake made in the deployment of label printer/applicators is to treat the purchase and installation of the applicator as a stand-alone piece of equipment, similar to sourcing a tabletop printer." So writes Dan Gilmore of Forte Industries (Mason, OH), a systems integrator, in a white paper entitled, Integrated Bar Code Printer/ Applicator Systems, Keys to Successful System Implementation.

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