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Blister system

Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) has introduced the Ministar-G7 automatic blister packaging system. It handles a variety of carded blister packs running in medium- to high-speed applications.
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Materials Product Brief
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Case packer/unpacker

Krones' (Frankin, WI) Roundpak case packer/unpacker can handle glass or PET containers in a wide range of shapes, sizes and weights at speeds to 100 cases/ min.
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Chicken of the Sea passes muster

San Diego-based Van Camp Seafood's Chicken of The Sea® is believed to be the first tuna brand to be processed within a facility adhering to the federal government's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program.
Materials Product Brief
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Semi-automatic feeder

Fleetwood Systems' (Romeoville, IL) Rotopak(TM) is a universal semi-automatic feeder unit that improves the efficiency of lines handling magazine-fed products.
Bars discharge from the wrapper six at a time, with three continuing on one right-angled conveyor (above), three on another. Aft
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'Floating pocket' cartoner speeds ice cream novelty output

Ice cream novelty processing/packaging line helps Ingman Foods expand its product offerings in Finland.
Controls Product Brief
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Case erector/bottom sealer

Marq Packaging (Yakima, WA) has redesigned the drive system of its Model 2000 case erector bottom sealer to use top and bottom flight lugs for transferring cases through the machine instead of a case pusher.
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Grocery groups join lobbying efforts

In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Klockner Pentaplast of America Inc. (Gordonsville, VA) has established a research and materials testing center for pharmaceutical blister package films so that customers can develop or improve their blister packages.
Materials Product Brief
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New high-pressure resins

Three new high-pressure PE resins have been formulated by Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) specifically for blow-molding, sheet and foam applications. LYA-003 is intended for LDPE blow-molding applications such as squeezable or sports bottles.
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Logic makes paint flow freely

Valspar Corp. used advance logic technology to "smarten up" its new 1-gal paint canning line in Statesville, NC. The line is able to automatically react to trouble spots by slowing or stopping parts of the line or rerouting product flow around hot spots.
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Heinz faces underweights

It started with a consumer complaint about an underweight plastic ketchup bottle in northern California. Officials there asked the Office of Weights and Measures at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct a multi-state survey of Heinz ketchup.
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Health claims

Everyone from mom to Uncle Sam urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet. So why did the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow only raw fruits and vegetables to make a "healthy" claim on food labels?
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Robb Container (Naperville, IL) has completed the installation of a Uniloy MSCK/D continuous extrusion, multi-layer blow molder in its Peru, IL, plant.
Controls Product Brief
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Margarine filling system

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) will demonstrate its new Fast-Pak 1x2 DK margarine filling system at the Jagenberg booth. It fills 1- to 10-oz preformed cups at speeds to 80/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Side belt case sealer

3M Masking and Packaging Systems Div. (St. Paul, MN) has introduced the 3M-Matic(TM) 800asb side belt drive adjustable case sealer. It's capable of sealing RSCs from 6" L x 3.9" W x 2.75" H to an unlimited length x 21.5" W x 24.5" H at a rate of 30/min.
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Speedier heat transfer decorating

Culminating a two-year cooperative program, Avery Dennison's Decorating Technologies Div. (Framingham, MA) and Krones (Franklin, WI) have developed Thermocol, a new patent-pending system to apply heat-transfer decorating onto glass, plastic and metal containers at speeds to 500/min.
Added in the middle of last year, Tree Top?s PP closure includes a liner made of foamed PP and EVA copolymer. The materials sol
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Cap and liner top Tree Top's switch to PET

Changing from glass to heat-set PET boosts sales of apple juice and cider by 60% on 1-gal bottles. PP closure and EVA liner provide tamper-evidence and eliminate labor-intensive cap inspection.
After a bar code is ink-jet printed onto cases of paint cans, it is scanned by a bar code decoder as a quality check. The scanne
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Coding solution does double duty

Valspar Corp.'s ink-jet coding and scanning system provides automatic batch code verification and real-time production monitoring.

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