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Narrowly spaced lane dividers keep bottles shoulder to shoulder, preventing them from turning, binding or stopping in the case p
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's (sidebar)

A unique twist to handling shingling
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Pepsi tells Detroit shoppers to get a grip

In early May, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its Quick Grip PET bottle in four Detroit area supermarkets. "Ease of handling and pouring, that's what's being tested here," says Pepsi spokesperson Larry Jabbonsky.
Figure 3 shows the basic operation of the entire case packing system, from multipack infeed to downstacking to case erecting to
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Case packer solves tissue issue

Unusual case packer at Georgia-Pacifics Bellingham plant employs an infeed laning system and a rotating bucket to load various prewrapped multipacks of bathroom tissue into corrugated cases.
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Applications news

Delaware-based Greif Bros. will expand its blow-molded industrial plastic container business from 55-gal drums to 275-gal intermediate bulk containers. By the third quarter of this year, it will take delivery on a blow molding machine made by Rikutec in Alternkirchen, Germany.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Osgood Industries Inc. (Oldsmar, FL) now represents Schaefer & Flottmann (Gevelsberg, Germany), a manufacturer of case/traypackers and palletizing equipment, and Fisher-Mathews (Banbury, England), a manufacturer of sleeve wrapping equipment for cups, bottles and trays.
Sleek, inverted PVC bottles (left) for private-label shampoos and moisturizers won the gold award. Silver went to a tube with a
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In the eye of the beholder

Good looks and marketing muscle characterize this year's cosmetics and personal care winners in NACD's annual packaging competition.
Tom Connelly (above) stands on a catwalk over the discharge station of the #10 press as four-color process-printed watermelon bi
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Chairman of the printed board

Connelly Containers has what it believes is the largest flexo/folder/gluer/stitcher in the world. Four-color process printing can be done directly on triple-wall corrugated board.
Mebane Packaging Group?s new eight-station ultraviolet flexo press (above right) produces near-offset quality reproduction for a
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UV flexo technology provides economic relief

Narrow-web UV flexo press allows folding carton converter Mebane Packaging to reduce costs, while it increases flexibility for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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L-shaped accumulation table

Ambec (Owings Hills, MD) has introduced a new space-saving accumulation table. An L-shaped design allows a 10'-L bi-directional table to be located in spaces where available widths are only 5'.
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Horizontal form/fill/seal system

The FBM 1 is a horizontal in-line rotary form/fill/seal system from Laudenberg/ Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL) that can produce pouches at speeds to 120/ min, or 240/min when using a duplex system.
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Chairman of the printed board (sidebar)

Corrugated imitates plywood
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Depalletizer

Automated Production Systems' (New Freedom, PA) new depalletizer uses soft start/soft stop motors for increased container stability and improved line efficiency.
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Auger filler

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery's (Sturtevant, WI) new 2000L auger filler meets economy auger filling applications while offering the precision control of a direct-drive system.
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Intermittent-motion cartoner

R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) has redesigned its (IMS) Intermittent-Motion Servo-Driven cartoner for cartoning multiple-product units. It can load a variety of products into display or point-of-purchase cartons, or shippers or overpack cartons at speeds to 100 cartons/min.
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Metallocene film

Union Camp (Wayne, NJ) is now offering metallocene LLDPE film converted into finished bags or rollstock. The metallocene film can be used for heavy-duty shipping sacks, form/fill/seal packaging or bags for frozen products.
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Hershey's dinosaur holograms roam the market

Coinciding with the May release of the movie "The Lost World: Jurassic Park(TM)," Hershey, PA-based Hershey Foods launched its first holographic package.
An operator applies an updated price code to a package by sending it past an ink-jet coder.
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What price flexibility?

Mexican pharmaceuticals maker Byk Gulden relies on ink-jet coding to react faster when economic conditions require price changes to already-marked packages.
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The king of cups (sidebar)

Servo-driven accuracy for spices

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