Machinery

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F/f/s system

Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) has redesigned its TOPAS® f/f/s system to increase productivity of up to 1겨 bags/hr. In addition to free-flowing bulk goods, such as plastic resins, fertilizers and chemicals, the system can now accommodate difficult-to-handle products such as PVC powders.
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Sleeve/bottle combo facilitates recycling

Multi-material packages aren't usually thought of as being recyclable. However, a new type of dual-material sleeve pack, developed in Europe, was designed with recycling precisely in mind.
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Sachet form/fill/seal

R.A. Jones (Covington, KY) has completed the first of a new series of form/fill/seal machines designed to meet full ISO metric standards. Developed from the company's Pouch King model, the PK4000 has linear web speeds of 100 m (328')/min, and can run at speeds to 1곚 sachets/min, using 80 mm (3.2") wide sachets.
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Stretch wrapper for pallet loads

The Sidewinder® RT (Rotary Tower) series of stretch wrappers from Infrapak (Farmers Branch, TX) is available in semi-automatic and automatic, heavy-duty and regular versions.
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Smart cartridges offer premium juice

Minute Maid Foodservice's latest venture in juice dispensing technology is Minute Maid® Premia, a new, high-tech dispenser designed to eliminate imprecise mixing of water and juice concentrate.
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Printer for f/f/s machines

The Flex Print compact in-line printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) measures 16" W x 18" H, for easy integration with most hf/f/s machines, including Multivac, Tiromat, Dixie, and Mahaffy & Harder.
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Palletizer infeed for orienting cases

With quick identification in mind, Columbia Machine (Vancouver, WA) developed The Turnado palletizer infeed. Its unique design allows cases to be oriented in such a way that labels face outward on all sides of a palletized load.
In Sonoco?s pilot production line, seven lanes of canisters are being gently conveyed from the container former/cutter to the pa
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Sonoco's new line produces 'swell' shape

Called a pilot line, Sonoco's new nonround paperboard canister fabricating line at Hartsville, SC, will keep Lipton and others supplied. European forming technology and paper bottom sealing rounds off Lipton's rectangular shape.
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Linerless piggyback labels

The PigLess Back(TM) Label from Media Solutions (Longmeadow, MA) is a direct thermal linerless label that allows an average of 43% additional label material per roll, depending on roll size.
An automatic card feeder places cards face down over the formed and filled blisters
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All-paper blister pack a reality in U.S.

Sally Hansen nail fortifier from Del Laboratories is one of the first U.S. mass-market applications for an all-paperboard blister pack.
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Accumulator

The Accuglide Plus(TM) from Alvey (St. Louis, MO) is now available with three sensor options to permit gentle handling of lightweight cartons as they accumulate.
Cartons are presterilized, filled and sealed within the aseptic chamber, which runs along the bottom of the system
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Aseptic system drives gabletop coffee creamer

Norwegian dairy stlandsmeieriet Hedmark Trrmelk is first to use aseptic system to produce 1/4-L gabletops of coffee creamer. New system lengthens shelf life by 50% and triples output of prior extended shelf life equipment.
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Margarine filling system

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) will demonstrate its new Fast-Pak 1x2 DK margarine filling system at the Jagenberg booth. It fills 1- to 10-oz preformed cups at speeds to 80/min.
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
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Bell-shaped ovals

Fenton, Weber & Jones Packaging (Tonawanda, NY) has introduced a line of bell-shaped oval containers with gold-colored closures. Available in 125-, 250-, 300-, 350-, and 500-mL with a 24/415 finish.
Bars discharge from the wrapper six at a time, with three continuing on one right-angled conveyor (above), three on another. Aft
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'Floating pocket' cartoner speeds ice cream novelty output

Ice cream novelty processing/packaging line helps Ingman Foods expand its product offerings in Finland.
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New high-pressure resins

Three new high-pressure PE resins have been formulated by Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) specifically for blow-molding, sheet and foam applications. LYA-003 is intended for LDPE blow-molding applications such as squeezable or sports bottles.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.

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