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Bulk bag discharger with conveyor

Spiroflow's (Monroe, NC) portable bulk bag discharger with an integral flexible screw conveyor is suitable for delivering bulk solids to multiple use points.
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Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
Feature Article
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
Controls Product Brief
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EAS label applicator

Label-Aire's (Fullerton, CA) Model 2111ST Reverse Vac Blow labeler has a 10" drop-down snorkel for applying electronic article sur- veilance label sensors at speeds to 400 cycles/ min.
An articulating swing arm on Heinz?s print-and-apply labeler applies two labels, with     identical information, first to one si
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Print-and-apply labeling lightens Heinz's load

Heinz Pet Products adds a print-and-apply labeling system that applies a label to two adjacent pallet sides. System replaces manual labeling, saving $100ꯠ/yr in labor costs.
Materials Product Brief
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Case packer

Sabel Eng. (Sonoma, CA) has developed a fully automatic bottom-loading case packer that reaches speeds to 15 cases/min. The SE-15 can be adjusted to run several product sizes.
Controls Product Brief
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Capacitive sensors

Capacitive sensors from Namco Controls (Highland Heights, OH) are designed to sense nonmetallic products. They can be adjusted to ignore or "see through" an object to detect a second object behind it.
Controls Product Brief
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Oil-shear clutch brake

Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) has in-troduced the Model 01 Posidyne® oil-shear clutch brake. Less than 8" L and weighing 20 lb, it handles up to 600 cycles/ min, and brings high torque to tight-fitting drives on case packers, cartoners, fillers, indexing conveyors and other packaging machinery.
Materials Product Brief
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Automatic tablet feeder

An automatic tablet feed elevator from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) is ergonomically designed to eliminate potential workplace accidents during manual filling of tablets into a hopper by replacing a high, out-of-reach hopper with a low-level bulk hopper.
Materials Product Brief
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Stand-alone corrugated case lidder

Salwasser Mfg.'s (Reedley, CA) Model TL-60 stand-alone automatic mechanical corrugated lid forming, sealing and placing machine positions lids on filled HSC display cases or trays at speeds to 15/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Case sealer

3M Masking and Packaging Systems Div. (St. Paul, MN) has developed a large-sized case sealer specifically for the large appliance and furniture industries.
Materials Product Brief
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Case sealer

Sekisui TA's (Garden Grove, CA) Model SK-300 seals tops and bottoms of cases with top flaps closed. Suited for low-volume runs of uniform sized boxes.
News
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HACCP to affect seafood, too

As the U.S.Department of Agriculture moves towards implementing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based inspection system, nearly three-quarters of existing regulations could be simplified or even eliminated, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Materials Product Brief
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Flexible composite package

Designed by Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC) as an alternative to stand-up flexible pouches and bag-in-box packaging, the Can-O-Bag is a lightweight container constructed of a spiral-wound body ply with a spiral or convolute label.
Controls Product Brief
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Round belt guides

The Ezy Crown® line of round belt guides from Fenner Drives (Wilmington, NC) provide an economical solution to belt align- ment problems on round belt conveyors.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Bemis Co., Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) will sell its Hayssen Flexible Packaging Machinery Div. to Robert Bosch Corp. (Broadview, IL); Paper Converting Machine Co.
Materials Product Brief
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Nylon resins

AlliedSignal (Morris-town, NJ) details its offerings in nylon resins used in packaging films as well as blow-mold- ed and thermoformed packaging in a four-page color bro-chure.
Controls Product Brief
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Pocket unscrambler

Omega Design's (Exton, PA) Model ERP is an economical rotary pocket unscrambler that handles an array of container shapes and sizes at speeds to 250 containers/min.
News
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PET bottles make their mark

Direct sales company Watkins Inc. says it was the first in the U.S. to offer a money-back guarantee: if customers weren't satisfied with their bottle of vanilla extract, they could get a refund--provided the amount in the bottle didn't fall under the "trial mark" line molded into the glass.

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