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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Boca Raton, FL) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before wrapping it around the pallet load.
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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Skatewheel conveyor

The Model FX heavy-duty flexible gravity skatewheel conveyor from Hytrol Conveyor (Jonesboro, AR) is designed for applications where the conveyor must be moved to fit a variety of situations, such as loading or unloading trailers.
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Senate freezes poultry labeling issue

California's two senators cried foul to current frozen poultry labeling regulations that are loose enough to allow chicken to be labeled as fresh even if the flesh is hardened.
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Foil-lined cap

Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has extended its line of 38-mm plastic closures to include a foil-lined cap. The Foil-Lined STN closure provides added freshness and security while retaining original features of the STN cap.
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More action on milk labeling

In an effort to promote consistency and clarity in milk labeling, the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish the term "skim" as a synonym for "nonfat" for labeling milk, acidified milk, cultured milk and sweetened condensed milk.
Controls Product Brief
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Digital tension controller

Horton Manufacturing's (Min-neapolis, MN) TC820 tension controller is for web printing or converting involving unwind, centerwind, centerwind drive or mid-process control.
For each machine, 34 separate temperature controllers
9;one for each cavity and two for the manifold
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Some like it hot

Upstart cap molder Acadiana Plastics Manufacturing outfitted its injection molders with hot runner manifolds and a quick-change mold system for faster cycles, quick changeover and better quality PP caps.
Controls Product Brief
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Robotic case packer

Designed to replace customized equipment, the Model SPP Servo Robotic Place Packer from Combi America (Canton, OH) comes with one of four E-series case erectors.
Suntory can now rely on Monotherm-blown bottles (right) as well as on bottles blown by means of other heat-set technologies (lef
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New blow-molding process for heat-set PET bottles

Monotherm technology produces PET bottles that can be filled at temperatures as high as 95°C. New Age beverages and returnable/refillable bottles are target applications.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper with corner post inserter

Newtec's (St. Louis, MO) Muller® 202 Baby Octopus® stretch wrapper has a corner post inserter for more flexibility in variable corner-board heights.
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Canadian/American aseptic PET bottling line has European roots

by Ben Miyares, editorial director, Packaging Strategies
Materials Product Brief
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Adhesive applicator

Series 5600 melt-on-demand application system from Nordson (Duluth, GA) melts and pumps conventional hot melts and moisture-curing reactive materials on a continuous basis for high-volume converting applications such as label stock, specialty tapes or wide-web laminating.
Controls Product Brief
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Label presence brochure

AGR Intl.'s (Butler, PA) new brochure highlights the benefits, features and specifications of its Label Presence Inspection System. The system inspects for label presence and tamper-evident banding on various-sized containers.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Acceleron Advantage, a new vertical f/f/s machine with 40% fewer parts. Forming tube assemblies are now changed simply by releasing two hand clamps, sliding out the old assembly, then sliding in and clamping another.
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Spicing up a line (sidebar)

New flavors for sample packs
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Drawroll bag maker

FMC's Packaging and Material Handling Div. (Green Bay, WI) introduced the SR-1400 Servo Draw® bag machine. The 56"-W split-roll bag machine permits a choice of side-weld or bottom-seal/twin-seal production.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs

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