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Robotic case packer

Designed to replace customized equipment, the Model SPP Servo Robotic Place Packer from Combi America (Canton, OH) comes with one of four E-series case erectors.
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Suntory can now rely on Monotherm-blown bottles (right) as well as on bottles blown by means of other heat-set technologies (lef
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New blow-molding process for heat-set PET bottles

Monotherm technology produces PET bottles that can be filled at temperatures as high as 95°C. New Age beverages and returnable/refillable bottles are target applications.
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Stretch wrapper with corner post inserter

Newtec's (St. Louis, MO) Muller® 202 Baby Octopus® stretch wrapper has a corner post inserter for more flexibility in variable corner-board heights.
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Canadian/American aseptic PET bottling line has European roots

by Ben Miyares, editorial director, Packaging Strategies
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Adhesive applicator

Series 5600 melt-on-demand application system from Nordson (Duluth, GA) melts and pumps conventional hot melts and moisture-curing reactive materials on a continuous basis for high-volume converting applications such as label stock, specialty tapes or wide-web laminating.
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Label presence brochure

AGR Intl.'s (Butler, PA) new brochure highlights the benefits, features and specifications of its Label Presence Inspection System. The system inspects for label presence and tamper-evident banding on various-sized containers.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Acceleron Advantage, a new vertical f/f/s machine with 40% fewer parts. Forming tube assemblies are now changed simply by releasing two hand clamps, sliding out the old assembly, then sliding in and clamping another.
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Spicing up a line (sidebar)

New flavors for sample packs
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Drawroll bag maker

FMC's Packaging and Material Handling Div. (Green Bay, WI) introduced the SR-1400 Servo Draw® bag machine. The 56"-W split-roll bag machine permits a choice of side-weld or bottom-seal/twin-seal production.
The new inner cap for Maybelline lipsticks not packed in blister cards is a thermoforming and trimming achievement. This is espe
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Maybelline 'caps' thermoforming technology

High-cavity tooling and a unique tandem trim operation with special matched-metal cutting dies produce a new inner cover for lipsticks. Shrink label provides security for products sold without blister cards.
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Mini pouch machine

The Stick Pack from Hassia (Somerville, NJ) is a mini pouch vertical form/fill/seal machine for liquids, gels, or powders that produces up to 400 packages/min, depending on the number of lanes per index.
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Nutritional label fine-tuning

FDA is very pleased with all aspects of its food labeling requirements under the Nutrition Labeling Education Act (NLEA), said Dr. Ed Scarborough, director of FDA's office of food labeling.
Steel-banded bales of separated recyclables are brought to this staging area prior to shipment to users of these recovered mater
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Waste not, want more

Laidlaw automates sorting of post-consumer recyclables at its Schaumburg, IL, material recovery facility. First-of-its-kind system separates plastics into four categories.
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Digital printing on demand

Indigo America (Woburn, MA) demonstrated for the first time in the U.S. its new Omnius(TM) One-Shot Color(TM) web-fed press for short-run, on-demand package printing.
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Keeping service technicians off the road

Machinery service technicians may be about to give up their frequent flier miles. Two new approaches to reducing the costs and the downtime caused by machinery servicing were shown recently at two fall meetings.
Updated graphics, sleeker contours and a wide base distinguish Hunt1s new blisters (above) from its original pack (right), which
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In the Hunt for higher output

To rejuvenate its old packaging, office supplies giant Hunt Manufacturing turns to one supplier for both a new package design and more productive machinery. The result is higher output with less labor.
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More media issue inflation?

A recent report in the New York Times faulting nutrient content figures on packaged pre-cut vegetables and fruits was another case of media attention to what FDA considers a low-priority issue, said FDA food labeling director Dr.
The three photos above show two 24-count trays shrink-wrapped into a single retail pack (top), a single 24-count tray with prot
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Shrink wrap system provides big retail thrust

A shrink wrapper overcomes heat and packing obstacles to bundle two 24-count trays of mr. big candy bars, enabling Neilson Cadbury to satisfy Canada's retailer demand for a 48-count pack.

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