Machinery

Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper

Pacmatic's (Booth #1941) new Roboshark fast, portable stretch wrapper can wrap a pallet in 25 sec, using any width film, says the com-pany, and can wrap 30% faster than when using turn-tables.
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Feature Article
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EPA and industry 'boxing' over cartons

The Environmental Protection Agency wants higher post-consumer recycled paper content in government-purchased boxes. Meanwhile, packaging manufacturers fear even more supply and price problems.
Materials Product Brief
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
Controls Product Brief
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P-s labeler

New Auto-Colt II® automatic pressure-sensitive labeling machine from New Jersey Machine (Booth #601) for the pharmaceutical and food industries applies labels to containers ranging in size from 1-oz to 1-gal at speeds to 200 labels/min with stepper drive.
Feature Article
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Slaking a thirst for real-time data

Ocean Spray's new Nevada plant just outside Las Vegas boasts the latest in on-line data acquisition and communications systems. Can/glass line is a good example.
Controls Product Brief
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Vertical cartoner

Legend(TM), a new servo-driven, semi-automatic vertical cartoner from R.A. Jones (Booth #1206), operates at speeds up to two-thirds faster than current models.
Controls Product Brief
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Case packer

The Econoline MGC-E case packer from Blueprint Automation (Richmond, VA) packs 1-oz to 10-lb bags into cases at speeds to 90/min. Designed for short production runs, changeovers take only two min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Amherst, OH): Fred C. Erler, mgr. of the Converting Business group.
Materials Product Brief
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Spiral stretch wrapper

Durapak's (DeSoto, TX) heavy-duty, semi-automatic, overhead spiral stretch wrappers have a 14 rpm film-tower rotation. Emer-gency stops come within 2", even in cases of total power failure.
Materials Product Brief
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Vf/f/s

Triangle Package Machinery's (Chicago, IL) new Acceleron Convertible vertical f/f/s machine uses a cross sealer to produce pillow, gusseted, or flat-bottom packages at speeds to 60/min.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices

Almost all packagers decry increases in corrugated costs. Users of paper and plastics find those package materials aren't far behind. These materials are most often targeted by purchasers developing strategies to hold the line on costs, according to an ex
Materials Product Brief
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Display palletizers

Kinetic Systems (Menasha, WI) has developed patent-pending palletizers that build "Display Ready" pallet loads that are said to eliminate the need for corrugated cases.
Materials Product Brief
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Bag sealer

Model 601 HM-U is a new thermal impulse bag sealer from Grimes Packaging Materials & Equipment (Booth #1940). It is used for closing bags made of PE and PP films, as well as foil or PE-coated paper.
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Printing, cold sealing sweeten converter's outlook

American Packaging's $17 million plant expansion/modernization includes an 11-station gravure press that applies cold adhesive in register in line.
Materials Product Brief
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
Controls Product Brief
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Liquid filling system

The GEN3 Pro/Fill fully automatic liquid filling system from Oden (Buffalo, NY) fills liquids in volumes from milliliters to gallons. Uses a PLC to store and execute the parameters of all filling and container-handling functions, as well as to maintain statistical operating data and provide extensive diagnostic information.
Feature Article
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Smart labels fight counterfeiters and provide product assurance

The problem: In California earlier this year, a number of alert young mothers noticed something disturbingly different about the powdered infant formula they were giving their babies.
Materials Product Brief
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Reclosable blister

The Twister Blister from Inline Plastics (Milford, CT) is a two-piece blister package that serves as a reusable container. A base is attached to a paperboard card and a second plastic piece twists on or off.

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