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After boxes of achitectural hinges (far left) are glued shut, a label is tamped onto the tops. (Left) The final product is label
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Opening doors to bar coding

Door hinge manufacturer Hager Companies swings from a contact roll coder to a high resolution tamp-on label printer/applicator. Results are increased legibility, decreased downtime and the addition of bar codes.
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Controls Product Brief
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Automatic bag palletizer

SDP Series 2000 automatic bag palletizer from Slidell (Owatonna, MN) has a unitized design to help reduce installation time. It's shipped intact and ready for installation.
Controls Product Brief
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Product metering device

Tisma Machinery (Elk Grove Village, IL) now offers its patented Sequential Transfer(TM) servo-controlled product metering device for use in the pharmaceutical or medical industries.
I  ndividually protected and wrapped 		window and door units are now shipped on company trucks standing on end like books. The v
Feature Article
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Pella's 'bookshelf' loads reduce materials and damage

To reduce materials and improve product protection, window-maker Pella moved to transparent stretch-wrapped packs that dramatically cut costs.
Materials Product Brief
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Infeed and hot plate tunnel

Great Lakes (Booth 1546) will display its new custom-designed Infeed and Hot Plate Tunnel. This new infeed will be shown dividing pharmaceutical bottles into groups of three and shrink wrapping them into packages of three or six.
Materials Product Brief
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Tray packer/shrink system

The Tray Star 30 system from Arpac (Booth 1352) is an integrated system that consists of a mid-speed intermittent-motion wraparound tray packer with a shrink wrapper and tunnel.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Emhart Powers (Elmira, NY) has secured exclusive rights to represent LumenX Co.'s (Mogadore, OH) machine vision systems.
Materials Product Brief
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Bucket infeed shrink film bundler

Automation Packaging (Booth 3238) will introduce the APB B Series shrink film bundler. A bucket infeed allows handling of unstable products. It carries products from collation, through wrapping and into the shrink tunnel without product transfers.
Materials Product Brief
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Flexible packager scheduling

Concord Businesss Systems (Marietta, GA) has developed scheduling software for flexible packaging converters. It can be used independently on a PC-based system and integrated with leading management software in specific industries.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY) announced the start up of the company's second high-speed line at its Hermitage, PA, facility.
Materials Product Brief
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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Booth 2162) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before stretching it around the pallet load.
Materials Product Brief
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Lap seal flow wrapper

Ilapak's (Booth 2392) Lynx® Super horizontal flow wrapper is now available in a LapSeal version. It can be used with shrink films via electrostatic sealing or PE films using drag seal.
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Biocraft transcends random checkweighing

Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
Feature Article
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. OSHA (sidebar)

Building safer packaging equipment
Controls Product Brief
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Bulk bag hoppers

Hapman Conveyors (Kalamazoo, MI) has introduced a new series of bulk bag unloading/conveying hoppers. They are equipped with an adjustable iris valve to control material flow, an access door for opening or closing of bags and a low-level sensor to automatically stop the conveyor.
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New environment label bill in California

In an effort to bring California into compliance with federal environmental advertising claims guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), industry is backing a state environment labeling bill prohibiting environmental marketing claims that do not meet or exceed requirements for substantiation, are not consistent with examples in the FTC guidelines, or are identified as deceptive claims by those guidelines.
With its software system, Bueno Foods can order more exact case sizes to efficiently fill individual units within each case. Exa
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Software proves "bueno" for Mexican food producer

Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.
Controls Product Brief
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Stand-up case packer

Designed for the potato processing industry, Blueprint Automation's (Richmond, VA) VP/F stand-up case packer packs up to 60 flexible bags/min on a 1 x 6 pattern.

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