Machinery

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.
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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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Similac customers unmask imposter

In what may be one of the most elaborate product/package counterfeiting schemes ever uncovered, bogus Similac infant formula has been sold from store shelves at Safeway and Pak 'n Save Supermarkets in California.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper

The Muller® Model 6500 5-sided stretch wrapper from Newtec(TM) (Sunset Hills, MO) employs a pivoting carriage to apply layers of film diagonally over the top of the load at up to 60 loads/hr.
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Discussions continue with FDA on labeling

Representatives of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials in early February to discuss NFPA's petition to amend labeling regulations of health claims for foods.
Controls Product Brief
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Flat-bottom bag system

The Acceleron flat-bottom bag system from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) continually produces gabletop, flat-bottom packages from any supported material, including kraft paper, Mylar®, metallized foils and other product-specific packaging films.
News
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Reformulating the bottle

When automotive chemical manufacturer Snap Products expanded its "Outlaw" line of fuel additive products and reformulated other premium products, the company chose to revamp packaging with an innovative aluminum bottle.
Controls Product Brief
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Blow-on labeler

The Model 2111ST stepper-driven blow-on labeler from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) is microprocessor-controlled and uses a stepper drive with an advanced design for added durability and versatility.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Omni Pak (Mexico City, Mexico) will sell and service Hoppmann Corp.'s (Chantilly, VA) centrifugal feeders and other equipment throughout Mexico.
Materials Product Brief
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Weight selection system

Eagle Packaging (Oakland, CA) has introduced the Golden Eagle Weight Selection System for fragile, frozen, bulky or hard-to-handle products. Keeps giveaways to less than 1g/lb.
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FDA's Kessler becoming target of anti-regulatory forces

FDA and its Administrator, Dr. David Kessler, are becoming the focal point for deregulation proponents on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) repeatedly has singled out FDA as an example of a government regulator that is hamstringing American business.
Materials Product Brief
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Vertical pouch machine

The LA-500 platen-sealing vertical pouch packaging machine from Klockner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) produces up to 900 pouches/min. For use with a broad range of pharmaceutical, food and personal care products, including liquids, powders, granules, ointments, tablets and transdermal patches.
Feature Article
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Europe's Packaging Waste Directive: What will it mean to you?

Packaging managers whose products are marketed in Europe need to know that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) finally adopted a Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive covering household, commercial and industrial packaging last December.
Controls Product Brief
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Flexible bag case packer

In a marketing/development agreement, Harwood Machinery Systems (Tualatin, OR) and Excel Packaging (Pasco, WA) have introduced the TD 2000 flexible bag case packer.
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Supplier News
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Flexibles mark technical achievements

FPA '94 competition winners created specialized packs: a child-resistant, easy-open bag and a recloseable handle bag for insecticides; a flexible wrapper for a rare crystal block; and a special bag containing a tarnish preventer for shipping jewelry.
Materials Product Brief
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Water soluble PVOH film

New Monosol® PVOH film from Chris Craft (South Holland, IL) has anti-blocking and low friction/low tack properties, as well as an increased heat seal range for faster and easier use by end users and converters.

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