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Going with the flow

New centralized ink system keeps ink flowing for hassle-free ink-jet printing at Arcadia Farms. Ink supply can be changed on the fly.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Padlocker (Tamarac, FL) will represent the Cetra line of tray and wraparound case packers in North and South America.
Video monitors in the background display an image of the printed film taken by a camera mounted above the press. Press operator
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Duralam presses for short and sweet runs

Flexible packaging converter Duralam is among the first to use a quick changeover flexo press for short-run jobs. One of its most challenging is a reverse-printed OPP structure used for bags of Sun*Maid candy.
As a group of bottles is conveyed right to left in the case packer, one of the eight heads of gripping bells moves into position
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New bottle packers help Modelo deal with refillables

Southern Mexican brewery installs high-speed rotary bottle packers that are now used throughout Modelo's system. Efficency soars even with returnable cases of marginal quality.
The sterile bath for the lidding material, shown here with the door open, is normally filled with a water solution that?s 35% H2
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Dairy makes markets abroad

German dairy starts up two aseptic thermoform/fill/seal lines that produce yogurt and pudding with a 130-day unrefrigerated shelf life.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

A new series of vertical form/ fill/seal machines from Packaging Aids (San Rafael, CA) bags food and non-food products into overlap-, gusset-, fin- and flat bottom-style bags at speeds to 120 bags/min.
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Palletizer/stretch wrapper

The Stackwrap(TM) is a new automatic palletizer/stretch wrap- per from Crown-Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA). Cases, cartons, bags, pails and trays are lifted, shuttled horizontally and positioned on pallets, slip sheets, or directly on the machine's turntable, where they are wrapped at speeds of four cycles/min.
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Kraft's clamshell says 'Manchego'

Kraft Foods de Mexico's new Manchego-style cheese slices are merchandised in a clear hinged clamshell that's thermoformed from a custom resin. Value-added package results in brisk sales.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Multi-Plastics (Westerville, OH) has relocated its College Park, GA, converting facility to a newly constructed 36ꯠ sq' plant in Peachtree City, GA.
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Infant formula GMPs could be something to cry about

Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.
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Case/tray packer

Len E. Ivarson (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced the Meco Pak Model 90-6011. This automatic wraparound case, tray and lid packer is designed to pack cans, jars, tubs, bottles, bags and wrapped food products at speeds to 20 cases/min.
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Standards of identity

Modern technologies and processes are producing new versions of familiar food products that are tastier, more healthful or more nutritious. But because their composition may change significantly, these foods may not be called by their traditional names under current Standards of Identity (SI).
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Corrosive materials containers

Tufftote containers from Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA) are suited for acids, resins, caustics, water-based paints and other applications where corrosion-resistance, high strength and low tare weight are required.
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Bag inserter

Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced the Series 1580 Large Drum Poly Bag Inserter. It's designed to select a gusseted PE bag from a roll, insert it into a fiber or steel drum, and cuff it over the top of the drum.
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Bar code inspection system

The Plato-0100 is a bar code inspection system from Entry Technology (Cream Ridge, NJ) that verifies readability and presence of a correct bar code on most types of packaging.
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Bag inserter

Model Y1928 bag inserter from R.A. Pearson Co. (Spokane, WA) eliminates manual labor by inserting perforated, pre-sealed bags from rollstock into corrugated cases at speeds of 15 cases/min.
Panels used to build office cubicles are stretch wrapped on a  horizontal stretch wrapper with metallocene-resin-based stretch f
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Metallocenes make their mark

Steelcase Inc. uses one of the first-available metallocene stretch films for wrapping cubicle wall panels. Downgauging keeps costs in check.

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