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Emplex Systems Inc: Continuous rotary band sealers

The patented MPS 6000 Series of continuous rotary band sealers is new from Emplex Systems (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada). Add-on options include front-end trimmers, printers and embossers.
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Materials Product Brief
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Thermoform/fill/seal system

Hassia's (Morganville, NJ) new THM 16/28 is a low-cost tf/f/s system. It's capable of a depth of draw of 4" and operates at speeds to 200 cups/min, depending on material and product.
Machine Product Brief
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ID Technology: Printing conveyor

ID Technology (Ft. Worth, TX) offers a conveyor system that permits four high-resolution ink-jet coding printheads to be mounted to a conveyor, two on each side.
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OTC drug uniformity

Provisions of the newly passed FDA modernization law guarantee one national system of regulation for OTC drugs, including labeling requirements. The law prohibits states from imposing different or additional requirements from those of FDA.
Machine Product Brief
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Servo-driven case packer for pouches

Designed for drink pouches, Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) has introduced a servo-motor-operated pouch case packer. It automatically packs irregularly shaped pouches (with or without straw attached) into five-panel wraparound corrugated cases at speeds over 20/min.
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A truly consistent line

With the introduction of Spiderwire® Super Mono fishing line, sports manufacturer Johnson Worldwide Associates decided to streamline the look of its entire Spiderwire product line.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Adept Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) and Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) have entered an agreement whereby Hoppmann will develop centrifugal part feeders based on Adept's programmable flexible feeder technology.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to establish an independent food safety agency. It would consolidate all food safety, inspection and labeling functions now spread among various government agencies.
Materials Product Brief
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Streamfeeder: Friction feeder

Streamfeeder's (Minneapolis, MN) SB Batch Dropper Universal Friction Feeder(TM) is a high-speed batch counter, accumulator and dropper. It separates and singulates a wide range of products including envelopes, greeting cards and other printed materials.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

TTEM, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico City, Mexico) will represent PC Industries' (Glenview, IL) line of video web inspection equipment in Mexico.
Controls Product Brief
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Product brochure

A full-color brochure from Herbert Static Control (Hatfield, PA) describes its complete range of static control products for the graphic arts and converting industries.
Materials Product Brief
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Rockwell Automation: Machine vision software

Color Blister-Pak(TM) AO3 is updated Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Bloomington, MN) software that runs on A-B's Color Configurable Vision Input Module.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) has acquired Mayan Automation (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), a supplier of inspection systems for the plastics, nonwoven and converting industries
Materials Product Brief
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Kiwi Coders Corp.: Carton printer

Designed to facilitate just-in-time ordering without the need for preprinted inventory, the Series 1020 carton printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) prints scannable bar codes and other variable product information on cases, cartons, blister cards and corrugated sheets at speeds to 80 cartons/ min.
Disposable packaging (left) used formerly by 3M for its bulk videotape generated about 1 cu? of waste. The Reusable Pak (above)
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3M saves bundles with new bundle

The Audio and Video Products Div. of St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co. has scored an impressive victory in packaging source reduction. This leading producer of bulk videotape for the film duplication industry designed a returnable and reusable package for its products that: * eliminates 1.4 million cu' of waste annually, * reduces the number of packaging components from 11 to three, * reduces the variety of packaging materials from five to two, * reduces labor costs not only in 3M's Hutchinson, MN, plant but at its customers' plants, too, and, * saves $4 million annually in packaging costs.
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HDPE-based Tropicana bottles project fresh, 'local dairy' image

In the first stage of a national roll-out, coextrusion blow-molded bottles for Tropicana FruitWise smoothies are finding a place in the refrigerated cases of supermarkets in Cleveland and several other markets.
Materials Product Brief
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Labeling capabilities

Tape and Label Engineering (St. Petersburg, FL) has come out with a brochure that details the company's labeling capabilities. The company designs, manufactures and prints p-s primary labels and tags.
Materials Product Brief
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Troubleshooting guide

National Starch and Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) is offering a pocket-size troubleshooting guide that addresses 39 questions regarding labeling adhesives and gives tips to ensure trouble-free operation.

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