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Four-side printing on flat corrugated boxes is like a carousel ride at Federal Cartridge. Not only does it save costs for shor
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Bar code requirements generate more than savings

A digital case printer replaces bar-coded labels for Federal Cartridge to cut costs. But the printer did much more when case supplies were tight and expensive.
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Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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Tamp labeler

BC Engineering's (Big Bear City, CA) Model 1810S-TIL ultra precision tamp labeling system is a vacuum-tamp style label applicator offered as a stand-alone unit.
Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
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Digital weight indicator

The AD-5000 digital weight indicator from A&D Weighing (Milpitas, CA) combines high-resolution with 400 weigh in/out memories and strong I/O capabilities for production, batching and data management applications.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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Color sensor

SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) has introduced the CS Color Sensor, a compact, self-contained, red, green and blue color recognition sensor.
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Case sealer

A new case sealing machine using p-s tape is available from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL). Featuring exterior-mounted tape rolls, it reduces downtime between rolls from 4 min to under 30 sec, says the company.
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Sensor mounts

The VG-612 sensor mount from Valu Guide (Irvine, CA) is designed for accurate positioning of sensors, reflectors and other devices. When used with the VG-022-01 Rail Clamp it provides quick adjustment and can be mounted below or above guide rails.
Product visibility and an upscale look are among the advantages gained since Malibu 2000 switched from HDPE (right) to PET bottl
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Hair care line parts with HDPE

Salon customers are impressed since Malibu 2000 switched from screen-printed HDPE bottles to a tinted PET with the increasingly popular no-label look.
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Partition inserter

Wayne Automation's (Norristown, PA) SF-400VHS partition opener/ inserter can now handle insertions of preassembled end- and side-glued air cell partitions.
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Standardized label redux: first food, now pharmaceuticals

We're becoming a nation of self-prescribed pill pushers, and FDA is concerned that consumers need sufficient information to avoid potential problems.
Pulsed CO2 laser delivers precisely positioned codes. Code changeovers are made by simply changing the mask (inset
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Blazer laser boosts drug line

Production efficiencies, improved accuracies, and reduced labor costs have been realized since laser coding was installed on this prescription drug line.
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Squeeze tube filler

ProSys (Middlesex, NJ) has released Models HVF RT112 and HVF RT212 tube filling machines. These fillers can run most tube materials and closure types to speeds of 70 tubes/min.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Certain management-level employees of Kidder-Stacy, Inc. (Agawam, MA) have purchased the company from their parent company, Motter Printing Press Co.
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Two-station heat seal machine

Alloyd's (DeKalb, IL) 2SM1428 Two-Station Medical Shuttle Heat Seal machine offers a high level of operator safety with high production rates. Its large seal area, measuring 14" x 28", is designed for "multiple up" tray sealing.
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Weigh/fill control

The Model 4100 weigh/fill control system from Doran Scales (Batavia, IL) is a low-cost, semi-automatic system for drum filling, batching and repetitive weigh/fill tasks.
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BST labeling law survives

Container size is not the only issue over which dairies must grapple between state and federal regulations. In the ongoing BST label law battle in Vermont, both a federal judge and the Court of Appeals rejected an industry motion for an injunction, pending appeal of the law.

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