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With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
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Meats like Hormel?s Spam that are heat processed in the can are critically dependent on the package integrity for wholesomeness
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USDA keeps on trucking with HACCP

USDA is ready to issue a joint proposal with FDA on warehousing and distribution of packaged foods. New safety requirements could affect packaging.
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Vertical f/f/s

Eagle Packaging's (Oakland, CA) new Infinity vertical form/fill/seal machine can produce a range of pouch styles, including flat-bottom bags, at speeds to 120 bags/min.
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Child-resistant blister foil

A new child-resistant foil from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) combines advanced heat seal technology with two-side printing capabilities to create a compliance package specifically suited for OTC drugs and vitamin supplements.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
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Nonfoil lidding

A new high-barrier, nonfoil, flexible lidding structure from American Packaging (Rochester, NY) permits on-line metal detection of food products.
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Four-side seal machine for medical device pouches

Doyen Medipharm (Morris Plains, NJ) has introduced a fully automated electronic four-side seal machine for high-speed pouching of medical devices. Combined with the manufacturer's flexographic package printing system, the machine can package a range of medical products into sterile pouches, and print a 12" x 12" area on-line, at speeds over 250 containers/min.
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Sterile packaging growth projected

Continued increases in surgical procedures and stringent standards for infection control are two factors that are expected to contribute to an 8.4% annual growth in the demand for sterile packaging over the next five years.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Prior to picking, blister packs travel through a long infeed section (above) and transfer to a white-ribbed flighted indexing be
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Getting a grip on automation

Custom robotic collator/tray loader permits Berlex Laboratories to pack featherweight, difficult-to-handle blister packs in two configurations at up to 300/min.
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A sampling of samplers to come

Montreal-based PACT company sells to markets around the world more than 3귔 varieties of botanical bath oil products. They're packaged with herbs like lavender and rosemary into decorative glass bottles and jars.
Filled and capped bottles
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Seals create I-D for lubricant

Induction-sealed PVC bottles that don't leak enable Westridge Laboratories to introduce personal lubricant to the pharmaceutical market and boost sales substantially.
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
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High-speed capper

PMC Industries' (Hackensack, NJ) new high-speed capper applies pump caps at speeds to 300/min. A programmable controller governs machine operations, including the flow of caps from the sorter and automatic shutdown in case of overloads at transfer points.
Final suture packages are placed into cartons of twelve (above) before distribution. At the      lidding station (right), rolls
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Sewing up a new line

A versatile thermoformer lets this pharmaceutical manufacturer package its sutures in an easy-peel package that hospitals like.
A World Variety employee applies tags while trimming and repackaging produce for delivery to a retailer. A Melissa?s? tag (left)
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Locking in sales

A California-based produce wholesaler opts for new tags for improved product identification and greater brand visibility.
The ingredient statement of this Lipton soup package is likely to change if USDA insists on food makers identifying ?mechanic
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Playing 'chicken' with food labels

USDA dares food processors to put 'mechanically separated poultry' in ingredient panels.
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High speed bottle fillers

Krones (Franklin, WI) VP electro-pneumatic bottle fillers accurately fill plastic or glass bottles within ±2 mm fill-height accuracy, and at speeds to 1겨/min, depending on model and bottle size.

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