Machinery

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Skin packaging systems

Vacumaster skin packaging systems from Allied Automation (Dallas, TX) are available in platen sizes from 12" x 18" to 30" x 48" and feature Simpulse(TM) heater technology for heat on demand.
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Pouches exit the rotary filling turret and are drawn through a top-sealing device
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Pouch production soars at Goya division

A continuous-motion pouch-packaging operation at Packaging Ltd. is nearly 200% faster and 70% more accurate than the intermittent-motion system it replaced.
Materials Product Brief
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Paperboard blister

Jay Packaging (Warwick, RI) has introduced a paperboard blister that provides the convenience of blister packaging with the environmental friendliness of paperboard.
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication (sidebar)

Flexible Frangos stand-up to competition
Materials Product Brief
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Shrink wrap systems

Damark Packaging Systems' (Lockport, NY) customized shrink wrap units include L-sealers up to 50" x 120" and shrink tunnels up to 54" x 54" x 100".
Sandoz has introduced its sensitive Lescol heart medication capsules in light-protective two-layer coextruded bottles
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication

The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
Materials Product Brief
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Thermal film imprinter

Columbia's (Danielson, CT) model TR-20 thermal-transfer film imprinter can now be integrated with the Titan model 6500 Rollbag fully automatic bag system.
The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
Materials Product Brief
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Overprinters

Willett America's (Lawrenceville, GA) Models 2730 and 2760 overprinters can print text, graphics and bar codes directly onto flexible packaging materials at speeds to 8"/sec.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) and Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) will merge to create a new manufacturer of machine vision systems.
Materials Product Brief
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Vision inspection equipment

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
Controls Product Brief
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Gravimetric drum fillers

The Model DN gravimetric drum fillers from Crandall International (Buffalo, NY) are designed to fill 15- to 55-gal drums with liquid and semi-liquid products in a range of viscosities.
News
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Gamse Litho adds press, sheeter

Gamse Lithographic, Baltimore, MD, has added a six-color Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) litho press and SHM 1400 high-speed sheeter from Strachan Henshaw Machinery (Chicago, IL).
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What ails the glass container industry?

That may not have been the question posed in a recent Dept. of Energy/U.S. glassmakers workshop on technology. But Anchor Glass' James Malone tried to answer it.
Controls Product Brief
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Valve applicator

Marble Manor's (Corbett, OR) VA100 series valve applicator for vacuum-packed coffee uses a heat-sealing process to apply a variety of valves to coffee bags, allowing gases from beans to escape quickly.
News
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FTC reworks environmental marketing guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reworking its environmental marketing guidelines to ensure that consumers better understand the various claims made on packages and in advertising.
Materials Product Brief
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Automatic case packers

The Model HIS-1800 case packer from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) uses a walking beam shuttle instead of lugged transport chains to convey and load product into RSCs at speeds to 15 cartons/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Bucket labeler

Park Products (St. Petersburg, FL) has introduced the Univer-sal(TM) Bucket Labeling System. This machine applies die-cut, p-s labels to 2-, 3 1/2- and 5-gal buckets and 1-cu-ft boxes with labels up to 6" x 10".

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