Machinery

A robotic arm (top) dispenses liquid foam into the center of an outer corrugated shipper. An automated product placer, using ar
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Waterford's protection yields crystal clear benefits

By automating use of foam cushioning, Waterford Wedgwood protects $235 million worth of crystal and decorative ceramic pieces. Operational efficiency goes up, too.
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon (sidebar)

What about cost?
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Deli meat data

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has introduced a data sheet on its Case-Ready packaging system for fresh deli meats and cheeses. The system includes Cryovac's BDF® film and gas-flushed tray, as well as Ageless® oxygen absor-bers.
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Lacquered blister foil

White stove lacquer blister foil from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) has good contrast and smooth surface that helps eliminate problem spots caused by in-line printing applications where solvents displace coding ink.
A robotic arm (top) transfers two of the heavy cases from the conveyor and onto a pallet load. The robot will soon be building t
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

Room to serve
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Smart labels fight counterfeiters and provide product assurance

The problem: In California earlier this year, a number of alert young mothers noticed something disturbingly different about the powdered infant formula they were giving their babies.
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Reclosable blister

The Twister Blister from Inline Plastics (Milford, CT) is a two-piece blister package that serves as a reusable container. A base is attached to a paperboard card and a second plastic piece twists on or off.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Stokes-Merrill Corp. (Bristol, PA) and MAC, South America will jointly develop, manufacture, and market a line of blister machines for the pharmaceutical industry.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
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Roller conveyor

Hytrol's (Jonesboro, AR) Model 190-SPA horizontal live-roller conveyor is designed for "zero-pressure." Accumulates light loads as small as 1 lb/ft without line pressure.
At the end of Barber Foods? packaging line, Lock?n?Pop is applied to a box top by two pneumatically operated nozzles
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Barber Foods pops for an alternative

When stretch wrap's true colors showed through-and weren't green-this chicken product producer switched to an adhesive palletizing system.
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F/f/s machine

Mahaffy & Harder (Fairfield, NJ) Model 8000 f/f/s machine has an advanced servo drive and is capable of producing a range of vacuum, MAP and ambient packages for meat, convenience foods, health care and other consumer products.
Gleneagles' John Hamilton (top, far left) and Krupp's John Piercy were instrumental in establishing the bottler's in-house stre
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Gleneagles springs for in-house stretch/blow molding

Scotland's Gleneagles Spring Waters shifts from buying PET bottles to stretch/blow molding them in-house from preforms. The change saves $600ꯠ/yr and provides a "family" image for its seven bottle sizes.
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TE tubs

Clear OPS tubs for baked goods from Wilkinson Mfg. (Ft. Calhoun, NE) use the patented DeltaPak(TM) TE closure for protection against pilferage. Overwrap or shrink bands can be eliminated and the tubs can be opened easily in a simple, one-step process.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) will invest $30 million to build a new carton converting plant in Houston County, Georgia.
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Disconnect switch

Hubbell's (Bridgeport, CT) new Circuit-Lock(TM) disconnect switch has been expanded from 30A to include 60A and 100A ratings, 120 to 600 VAC, single- and three-phase applications.
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Hair colorant dispenser finds its roots

New York-based Revlon Consumer Products' Beauty Care Division was the first company to use Stull Closure Technologies' (Randolph, NJ) Snip-Tip friction-fit dispensing closure.
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How State Chemical cleans up (sidebar)

Flexibility needed in case printing

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