Machinery

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Form/fill/seal machine

The Diamant® form/fill/seal machine from Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) can seal up to 25 bags/min with a single filling hopper. It employs the company's patented integrated dust removal system, making it suitable for dry bulk or powdered products such as cement, fertilizer or agricultural goods.
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On their way to palletizing, 12-packs of Pepsi are gently conveyed on two tracks of coated plastic chain (above). When packs bac
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Carton conveyor cleans up beverage act

As an alternative to roller conveyors, a chain conveyor carries beverage packs 900' without scuffing or marring.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

R.A. Jones & Co., Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) and Food Machinery Sales, Inc. will create and sell integrated product handling and collating, wrapping and cartoning equipment.
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier?

Some U.S. companies worry that new IS0 14000 standards are another European effort to stymie imports of U.S.-made products. Will this be a replay of ISO 9000?
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Heatseal controller

TOSS Machine Components (Nazareth, PA) has introduced the RES-242 Heatseal Temperature Controller. It uses programming and jaw cycle timers for the precise control of the entire heatseal process.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future

The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.
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Vermont rBST labelling

Dairy packers won a major victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered the Vermont District Court to grant an industry-requested injunction against the state's mandatory rBST labeling statute.
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Bliss former

Moen Industries (Santa Fe Springs, CA) will show the Model PF106-HLV H-Bliss former. It has a new automatic stack transfer feed system, which offers up to 500 blanks of additional material capacity, and a new Moen high capacity adhesive hopper feeder, offering an additional 200 lb of adhesive capability.
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Horizontal cartoner

The continuous-motion A Thiele PSC+ horizontal cartoner from Thiele Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) features a toolless changeover and runs four different sized tubes and cartons.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Wisconsin Label Group's (Algoma,WI) newly created Interleave Systems (Heath, OH) subsidiary will sell labeling and packaging equipment to the printing industry.
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Pack Expo turns packaging concepts into production realities

Packaging containers tend to be the milestones by which packaging advances are measured. But thousands of packagers coming to Pack Expo 96 (November 17-21, McCormick Place, Chicago) will assure you that there would be no visible packaging advances without the unseen contributions of packaging equipment.
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier? (sidebar)

British bottlemaker leads the way
Controls Product Brief
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USDA-approved inks

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
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Continuous-feed inserter

Packagers can increase insertion rates and lower labor costs with Mid-America's (Neenah, WI) Northfield Model 1600 continuous-feed inserter. It automatically separates continuous-feed coupons or other inserts parted by perforations.
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Horizontal cartoner

The Pioneer Model 50 semi-automatic horizontal cartoner from Superior Packaging Equipment (Carlstadt, NJ) is designed for light production requirements.
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New direction for Tradewinds

Four years and 14 flavors after its introduction, Tradewinds(TM) Tea and Juice is getting an "enhanced" look. Its producer, the Horizon Tea & Spice Co., div.
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Robotic case packing sweetens Brach & Brock's bottom line

A top-load robotic pick-and-place machine replaces manual case packing of bagged candy at Brach & Brock Confections, saving the confectioner $150ꯠ in annual labor costs.
Full-height corrugated trays are used for six packs of PET gallons. It?s a packaging format that has been a huge success in club
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Tropicana tries shelf-stable OJ in PET

Hot-filled orange juice in 1-gal heat-set PET bottles have been selling at a brisk pace at club stores nationwide since Tropicana launched them about a year ago.

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