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Deodorant gains wide appeal

In January, Bristol-Myers Products introduced new Ban® Clear Soft Solid in a unique package. Halfway between a solid and a roll-on, the gel-like deodorant is appropriately housed in a 2.25-oz container that combines the wide applicator of a solid with the more cylindrical shape of Ban's traditional roll-on package.
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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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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Q-Series two-station automated stretch wrapping system can be custom-built to meet specific application needs. The two-station configuration facilitates quicker loading and wrapping, at speeds to 40 loads/hr, depending on version.
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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Supplier news: International agreements

Alex E. Jones & Associates Ltd. (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) represents Bemis Packaging Machinery Co.'s (Minneapolis, MN) line of bag packaging and palletizing systems in Canada.
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Powered roller interface

Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) has introduced the Powered Roller Interface Module (PRIM). It's used to control powered roller conveyors and capture the status of the conveyor.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Mobil Chemical Co., Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) will use a new orienter to help boost its annual OPP packaging and labeling film capacity by 33 million lb at its Kerkrade, The Netherlands, plant.
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Oil-shear brakes

Posistop® oil-shear brakes from Force Control (Fairfield, OH) are designed to eliminate the high maintenance associated with ordinary dry-friction brakes in stop-and-hold applications.
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L'Oréal's bottle fishes for kids

Streamlined and decorated to resemble a fish, it's easy to imagine kids getting hooked on the new L'Oréal Kids squeezable bottle. Aimed at kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the bottle fits easily into small hands, it floats in the bathtub and it allows the sweet-smelling shampoo and conditioner aroma to emanate through the bottle itself.
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Conveyor system

A new chain-in-channel conveyor system from John Burton Machine (Rodeo, CA) is available with aluminum drive-end and idle-end component assemblies. Single conveyor chains slide on lubricated nylon edges on inclines and curves, quietly moving products at speeds to 275'/min, without the noise of roller-to-roller transfers.
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HDPE containers

Containers suitable for tablets, powders and liquids are available from Clinton Packaging (St. Louis, MO). The blow-molded HDPE Eurotainer comes in five tamper-evident sizes with a 36-mm neck finish: 20 mL, 35 mL, 50 mL, 100 mL and 150 mL; and two child-resistant containers in 30- and 60-mL sizes with a 26-mm finish.
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Toploading robotic system

The Collectopack from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a top-loading robotic system that separates, checks, counts, collates and places products into top-load cartons or feeds multi-packs into a wrapper or cartoner.
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Shrink film bundler

The DuraTech I Series shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) uses an in-line infeed to bundle trays or multipacks at speeds to 30/min, depending on pack pattern and product size.
A plastic shutter enters the shrink wrapper, passing beneath the forming plow that wraps the film around and underneath. At the
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Wrapping up changeover

Design House's new shrink wrapping line handles packages in various lengths without the need for changeover.
After containers are inserted into pucks by a rotary turret (top) that1s integrated into the unscrambler (at left, opposite page
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's

Body wash filling line is outfitted with a puck handling system for bottles that increases throughput by 25% while virtually eliminating container size changeover.
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Toploading robotic system

The Collectopack from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a top-loading robotic system that separates, checks, counts, collates and places products into top-load cartons or feeds multi-packs into a wrapper or cartoner.
Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
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Pouch transfer machine

A new pouch transfer machine from Key Automation & Design (West St. Paul, MN) permits plants to upgrade pouch or bag loading from manual to automatic.

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