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Bat bottle's a hit for Coors

Just in time for baseball's opening day was Coors Brewing's baseball bat-shaped bottle. The neck of the amber bottle used for 18-oz sizes of Coors Light and Original Coors doubles as the bat's handle.
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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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Susceptor films

Himac (Atlanta, GA) offers a line of polyester microwave susceptor films that can be chemically or corona treated to precise customer specifications.
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Heavy-duty bagging system

American-Newlong (Warsaw, IN) has introduced the 6CM-TS automatic bagging machine for heavy, free-flowing products such as fertilizer, soil or seed.
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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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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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Labeling software

Advanced Labeling Systems, Inc. (Southbridge, MA) announces LabelMAX(TM) for Windows '95 that works with printers using Windows drivers, including ink-jet, laser and thermal-transfer printers.
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Stand-up pouches debut for Stockpot's chilled soup concentrates

In its 15 years of existence, Stockpot Soup, Redmond, WA, has earned an international reputation among restauranteurs for high-quality, cook/chill soup concentrates, sauces, gravies and entrees.
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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.
Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.
Single-faced laminating provides 100% print coverage since the ?label? is actually a preprinted liner that?s laminated directly
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Schneider short-sheets paper costs

J.M. Schneider eliminates a layer of paper with its new F-flute litho-laminated box for prepared meats. The package reduced material costs and box manufacturing steps and competes with paperboard on cost, appearance.
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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.
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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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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) will produce Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.'s (Tokyo, Japan) new Sumitomo Poucher(TM) for liquids on Klockner's horizontal form/fill/seal machinery.
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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.
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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Bottle unscrambler

Kalish (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has eliminated change parts on its Kalisort 150 bottle unscrambler to minimize changeover time to under 2 minutes without tools.
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Horizontal cartoner

Hayes Machine Co. (Marshall, MI) is offering literature on the Hayes 520 intermittent-motion cartoner. The machine requires only 45 sq' of floor space and is suited for food products, ice cream and frozen novelties, as well as personal and pharmaceutical items.

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