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Case erector/bottom taper

Salwasser's (Booth #1031) stand-alone Model TL-60 automatic mechanical corrugated lid forming, sealing and placing machine positions lids on filled HSC display cases or trays at rates to 15/min.
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Feature Article
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EPA and industry 'boxing' over cartons

The Environmental Protection Agency wants higher post-consumer recycled paper content in government-purchased boxes. Meanwhile, packaging manufacturers fear even more supply and price problems.
Controls Product Brief
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Automatic bottle labeler

Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT) has introduced an automatic bottle labeling system for full or partial wrap bottle labeling. Application, bottle turning, imprinting and conveying modules are mounted on a heavy-duty base with casters for this self-contained, portable unit.
News
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PAM with a pump

Figuring it likely that "aerosol aversion" might cause some consumers to steer clear of its PAM® cooking spray in an aerosol can, American Home Food Products of Madison, NJ, began testing an alternative package: PAM with a pump.
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Bottle air laner/accumulator

R.A. Pearson's (Spokane, WA) models C9400 and C9600 PET bottle air laner/accumulators are designed to facilitate bottle conveying, diverting and accumulating prior to case packing or bulk palletizing.
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Robotic tray and case packer

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Booth #709) will display the new high-speed horizontal and vertical robotic tray and case packing system. This machine picks up filled flat-bottom bags, cartons, and tubes, and places them into trays or cases at speeds to 15 cases/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Auger filler

Mateer-Burt's (Booth #1605) new Neotron Series 1800 servo-driven auger filler provides accurate filling within ±.45% of targeted weight. It's for use with free-flowing or non-free-flowing liquids and powders, as well as liquids, creams, pastes, viscous liquids and slurries.
Materials Product Brief
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Bottle-in-box capper

Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) SN-30 single-chuck capper has been modified to handle 2 1/2- to 5-gal bottle-in-box containers used in the foodservice industry for oils and condiments.
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Case packer

The Econoline MGC-E case packer from Blueprint Automation (Richmond, VA) packs 1-oz to 10-lb bags into cases at speeds to 90/min. Designed for short production runs, changeovers take only two min.
Controls Product Brief
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P-s labeler

New Auto-Colt II® automatic pressure-sensitive labeling machine from New Jersey Machine (Booth #601) for the pharmaceutical and food industries applies labels to containers ranging in size from 1-oz to 1-gal at speeds to 200 labels/min with stepper drive.
Controls Product Brief
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Auger filler

Mateer-Burt's (Booth #1605) new Neotron Series 1800 servo-driven auger filler provides accurate filling within ±.45% of targeted weight. It's for use with free-flowing or non-free-flowing liquids and powders, as well as liquids, creams, pastes, viscous liquids and slurries.
Materials Product Brief
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Push-pull cap feeder

Aidlin Automation's (Bradenton, FL) CFSC-2024 orients and feeds push-pull sports closures at speeds to 800 containers/min. This elevator-type unit feeds the closures using specially designed orienting cleats and then transfers them into an existing capper.
Feature Article
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
Controls Product Brief
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Horizontal f/f/s

The new Model 8000 Series horizontal form/fill/seal machine from Mahaffy & Harder Eng. (Booth #1508) accommodates a broad range of flexible and semi-rigid materials.
Materials Product Brief
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Film label applicator

The Model 35PW p-s labeling system from Accraply (Booth #603) has capabilities to apply side panel and wraparound film-based labels at speeds to 2000"/min.
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Transfer cars simplify pallet handling

Owens Brockway glass plant now relies on automated cars and pallet stackers instead of forklift operators to move cases of glass from palletizers to stretch wrappers.
Materials Product Brief
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Bag sealer

Model 601 HM-U is a new thermal impulse bag sealer from Grimes Packaging Materials & Equipment (Booth #1940). It is used for closing bags made of PE and PP films, as well as foil or PE-coated paper.
News
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Shoppers have strong views on packaging

The government appears to have been right on target in its effort to provide Americans with more nutrition information by requiring nutrition labels on packaged foods.

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