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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.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. (Atlanta, GA) purchased an industrial site and began equipment selection for a new beverage carton converting operation in Mexico.
The laser-coded roll of printed material unwinds (from left to right) into the first station within the flow wrapper for sealing
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Chewing up market share

New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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Tamp labeler

BC Engineering's (Big Bear City, CA) Model 1810S-TIL ultra precision tamp labeling system is a vacuum-tamp style label applicator offered as a stand-alone unit.
Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
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Digital weight indicator

The AD-5000 digital weight indicator from A&D Weighing (Milpitas, CA) combines high-resolution with 400 weigh in/out memories and strong I/O capabilities for production, batching and data management applications.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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Color sensor

SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) has introduced the CS Color Sensor, a compact, self-contained, red, green and blue color recognition sensor.
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Case sealer

A new case sealing machine using p-s tape is available from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL). Featuring exterior-mounted tape rolls, it reduces downtime between rolls from 4 min to under 30 sec, says the company.
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Sensor mounts

The VG-612 sensor mount from Valu Guide (Irvine, CA) is designed for accurate positioning of sensors, reflectors and other devices. When used with the VG-022-01 Rail Clamp it provides quick adjustment and can be mounted below or above guide rails.
Product visibility and an upscale look are among the advantages gained since Malibu 2000 switched from HDPE (right) to PET bottl
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Hair care line parts with HDPE

Salon customers are impressed since Malibu 2000 switched from screen-printed HDPE bottles to a tinted PET with the increasingly popular no-label look.
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Partition inserter

Wayne Automation's (Norristown, PA) SF-400VHS partition opener/ inserter can now handle insertions of preassembled end- and side-glued air cell partitions.
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Standardized label redux: first food, now pharmaceuticals

We're becoming a nation of self-prescribed pill pushers, and FDA is concerned that consumers need sufficient information to avoid potential problems.
Pulsed CO2 laser delivers precisely positioned codes. Code changeovers are made by simply changing the mask (inset
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Blazer laser boosts drug line

Production efficiencies, improved accuracies, and reduced labor costs have been realized since laser coding was installed on this prescription drug line.

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