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Materials Product Brief
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Neck finish

Alpha Plastics (St. Louis, MO) now has tooling to produce injection blow-molded pharmaceutical and vitamin bottles that accept Seda's (Los Angeles, CA) J-Cap(TM), Hinge Guard(TM) and TE closures.
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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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Injection blow molders

Johnson Controls' Plastics Machinery Division's (Manchester, MI) new "S" Series of injection/ blow-molding machines provide up to 25% higher cavitation than their predecessors.
Feature Article
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
Controls Product Brief
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Shrink film bundler

API's (Booth #1117) new APB 2700 CM (continuous motion) in-line shrink film bundler has a stepper motor driven reciprocating seal bar system, enhancing reliability in high-speed applications.
Materials Product Brief
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Display palletizers

Kinetic Systems (Menasha, WI) has developed patent-pending palletizers that build "Display Ready" pallet loads that are said to eliminate the need for corrugated cases.
Molds open (top) to reveal the injection-molded PET preforms, which are subsequently conditioned and stretch/blow molded into fi
Feature Article
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Single-stage molding propels Premier Plastics

Custom blowmolder on West Coast adds an injection/stretch blow-molding machine to tap the bottled water market. Health For Life Brands of Arizona is first user of Premier's 500mL bottle.
Materials Product Brief
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Horizontal cartoner

The new Econoseal E-System 2000 automatic, horizontal cartoner from Econocorp (Booth #207) is a compact system for moderate-speed production lines. It features a convenient handwheel adjustment for fast changeovers.
Materials Product Brief
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Pump packages

Aro Fluid Products (Bryan, OH) has introduced a line of preassembled pump packages for most fluid applications, including spray coatings, adhesive applications, heavy material supply/extrusion, and bulk/tote tank supply.
Premier Plastics uses two labeling \"systems\" to apply front and side labels for two sizes of Mallards Food Products' ginger st
Feature Article
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Labelers stir fry a skillet of savings

California converter blow molds and labels containers for packer of ginger stir fry sauce sold at supermarkets and club stores. Set-up and operation video trains operators on labeler use.
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.
Supplier News
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Machine vision catalog

Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) has published its 1995 reference catalog, "Machine Vision for Quality Assurance." In addition to de-scribing the company's machine vision systems, the catalog presents a series of articles on core technologies used in building the systems, as well as case history stories describing companies that have implemented them.
An operator uses a hand-held scanning device to check color consistency (top) on the printed web as it moves through American Pa
Feature Article
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Printing, cold sealing sweeten converter's outlook

American Packaging's $17 million plant expansion/modernization includes an 11-station gravure press that applies cold adhesive in register in line.
The two-piece tin (top) looks like a scale model of the race car. Even the bottom (above) is printed and formed to look like the
Feature Article
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J.L. Clark races to new technology in metal forming

Distortion printing, nine-mold forming and computer-aided design were all instrumental in Clark's unique two-piece stock car tin for Valvoline.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices

Almost all packagers decry increases in corrugated costs. Users of paper and plastics find those package materials aren't far behind. These materials are most often targeted by purchasers developing strategies to hold the line on costs, according to an ex
Materials Product Brief
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Flexible screw conveyor

The Helix(TM) flexible screw conveyor from Hapman Conveyors (Kalamazoo, MI) extracts material from a bulk bag unloading station and conveys it to a volumetric feeder.
Materials Product Brief
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Blister/skin/shrink packaging

Sun Industries' (Booth #1432) Model M-816 Stretch Pak(TM) machine employs a unique combination of blister, skin and shrink technologies to create a line of high-quality carded packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper

Pacmatic's (Booth #1941) new Roboshark fast, portable stretch wrapper can wrap a pallet in 25 sec, using any width film, says the com-pany, and can wrap 30% faster than when using turn-tables.

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