Machinery

McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
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Video monitors in the background display an image of the printed film taken by a camera mounted above the press. Press operator
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Duralam presses for short and sweet runs

Flexible packaging converter Duralam is among the first to use a quick changeover flexo press for short-run jobs. One of its most challenging is a reverse-printed OPP structure used for bags of Sun*Maid candy.
As a group of bottles is conveyed right to left in the case packer, one of the eight heads of gripping bells moves into position
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New bottle packers help Modelo deal with refillables

Southern Mexican brewery installs high-speed rotary bottle packers that are now used throughout Modelo's system. Efficency soars even with returnable cases of marginal quality.
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Mexico has new labeling rule

Commercial products sold in Mexico are subject to new labeling requirements that took effect November 1, 1996. The rule outlines the language that must be included on consumer product labels and defines terms, including packaging, labels and tags, instructions, guarantees, and the principal display panel.
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Palletizer/stretch wrapper

The Stackwrap(TM) is a new automatic palletizer/stretch wrap- per from Crown-Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA). Cases, cartons, bags, pails and trays are lifted, shuttled horizontally and positioned on pallets, slip sheets, or directly on the machine's turntable, where they are wrapped at speeds of four cycles/min.
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Warnings up in smoke

Rep. Martin Meehan, D-MA, wants to see tougher warning labels on cigarette packages and is developing legislation he hopes to introduce when the new 105th Congress convenes in January.
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Pharmaceutical shrink film bundler

The DuraTech 2000 S-PH Pharmaceutical shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) is designed with a compact footprint that measures only 8' L.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) will supply machine vision systems from Systech (Cranbury, NJ) to the pharmaceutical and consumer products industry in a strategic alliance between the two companies.
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Conveyor catalog

The 3100 Series Conveyor catalog has been updated by Dorner Manufacturing (Hartland, WI) to reflect new conveyor features, including parallel shaft and heavy-duty gear motors, metric fasteners, sidewall cleated belts and additional conveyor accessories.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Atlantis Plastics (Miami, FL) will sell its blow molding subsidiary, Plastic Containers (Atlanta, GA), to Reid Plastics (Arcadia, CA).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) has sold its labeling business to Fox IV Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Padlocker (Tamarac, FL) will represent the Cetra line of tray and wraparound case packers in North and South America.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA) has created a 10ꯠ sq' test facility for roll-fed label applications.
Preen and Preen ?n Green weed preventer are now available in a new large-size 4-gal preformed paperboard container (right).
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Growing an identity

In a world of bags, new large-size preformed paperboard containers heighten visibility and boost sales for 15-lb packages of Lebanon Seaboard's Preen weed preventer.
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Case-ready packaging options

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has developed a brochure outlining an innovative range of case-ready packaging options to help packagers offer a greater variety of pre-packaged, premium-quality foods.
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Chub case packing

Thiele-Frontier Products (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced a patented technology for case packing of chub packages. Because chub packages are typically soft and inconsistently shaped, they've had to be hand loaded.
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machinery/labeling

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing its labeling requirements for drugs, medical devices and biologics to ensure that health practitioners and patients are provided with what the agency believes is more thorough than what's currently provided.
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Pouches stand up for DuPont awards

For the second year running, stand-up pouches were prominent among winners in the DuPont Awards competition. Markets from around the world are represented in this 10th installment of the annual competition.

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