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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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Cartons are presterilized, filled and sealed within the aseptic chamber, which runs along the bottom of the system
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Aseptic system drives gabletop coffee creamer

Norwegian dairy stlandsmeieriet Hedmark Trrmelk is first to use aseptic system to produce 1/4-L gabletops of coffee creamer. New system lengthens shelf life by 50% and triples output of prior extended shelf life equipment.
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Five reasons to work with container 'resourcers'

"Fast. Flexible. Focused. Resourceful." Those are the hallmarks of today's successful packaging operations and packaging managers. But, as growth in the U.S.
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High-speed labeler

The Universal(TM) SL-2000/3000 from Park Products (St. Petersburg, FL) is a high-speed semi-automatic stepper-driven label applicator. It prints p-s labels up to 6" W at speeds to 3ꯠ"/min, with ±025" accuracy.
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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Label applicator

The System I roll-on labeler from Lord Label (Arlington, TX) is now available with a side drive to provide consistent orientation on lightweight products as they're conveyed through the applicator.
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Bell-shaped ovals

Fenton, Weber & Jones Packaging (Tonawanda, NY) has introduced a line of bell-shaped oval containers with gold-colored closures. Available in 125-, 250-, 300-, 350-, and 500-mL with a 24/415 finish.
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Shrink wrap bundlers

The FlexWrap line of shrink wrap bundlers from Barry-Wehmiller Packaging (Clearwater, FL) has been expanded to include intermittent- and continuous-motion models.
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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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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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Meat labeling

According to a recently-released USDA survey, over 92% of retail stores had the required Safe Food Handling Labels on meat and poultry products. Because such labels are mandatory, USDA failed a store if one item within one category was found to lack the appropriate label.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) signed on with Flex-Link (Bethlehem, PA) to build Flex-Link conveyors and automation components.
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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.
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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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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.
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
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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.
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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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