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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.
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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.
News
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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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Five Alive tries a new look

Houston-based Coca-Cola Foods Co. began test marketing a new version of its Five Alive(TM) fruit beverage in some Pacific Northwest cities this past May.
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Convinced container shape sells,Coke to change can's contours

The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
Controls Product Brief
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Low-level palletizer

The Faiveley® low-level case palletizer from Newtec (St. Louis, MO) uses modular components to offer end users a wide variety of layout possibilities.
This table is taken from the EPA guidelines, as published in the Federal Register, March 15. Other tables listed recovered fiber
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
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.
Feature Article
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Slaking a thirst for real-time data

Ocean Spray's new Nevada plant just outside Las Vegas boasts the latest in on-line data acquisition and communications systems. Can/glass line is a good example.
Controls Product Brief
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Vertical cartoner

Legend(TM), a new servo-driven, semi-automatic vertical cartoner from R.A. Jones (Booth #1206), operates at speeds up to two-thirds faster than current models.

 

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