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Squeeze and spread functions boost bottle

Mentor, OH-based Darworth Co. took advantage of August's National Hardware Show in Chicago to feature FI:X® wood patch in a bottle that literally stands on its head to be noticed.
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Sportscap closure tops water bottles

A pull-push sportscap closure adds extra appeal to Castle Springs' two new sizes of natural spring water. Supplied by Creative Packaging (Buffalo Grove, IL), the 28-mm closure includes a clear green injection-molded polypropylene base, a white polyethylene spout and clear PP overcap.
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Case packer

The new automatic and servo-motor driven case packer from Brenton Eng. (Alexandria, MN) reaches speeds to 35 cases/min. It features a patented continuous-motion downstacker.
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Screw conveyor

A mobile flexible screw conveyor from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) allows the transport of powder and bulk materials at up to 300 cu'/hr, and up to 14' H.
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Coated SBS

Hazen Paper (Holyoke, MA) has introduced a color-coated water-based "leatherlite" paper designed for folding cartons, face seal blisters, tags, cards and P-O-P displays.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

AquaPenn Spring Water Co., Inc. (Milesburg, PA) will add 52귔 sq' to its Milsburg, PA, facility by early 1997 to accommodate a captive PET blow molding operation.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Raising the bar on training
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Unique venting keeps coffee fresh

Dean Florentino Coffee, Las Vegas, NV, is the first coffee packer to put fresh roasted ground coffee in a "breathable" composite canister that's specially equipped with a one-way degassing valve.
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Wraparound case packer

The WRCP 2000 Series of wraparound case packers from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) wraps flat corrugated sheets around collated products. Compared to an RSC, the amount of corrugated board can be reduced, says the manufacturer.
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Drive rollers

A line of drive rollers from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) provides a simple and economical means for building powered roller conveyors in pallet handling, cargo handling and packaging machinery applications.
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Visual inspection

Designed for pharmaceutical applications, the AutoVision 500 visual inspection system from Autoroll Machine (Middleton, MA) detects slight color variations between different batches of pills and can analyze shape, size and color of pills to verify that they are in the right packages.
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Automated case handling

The Freeway System from Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) automates the transporting and palletizing of packed cases. It can be retrofitted onto most packaging lines, says the company.
One derived from rice the other from soy, these nondairy beverages were the first filled on Farmland?s 1?2-gal low-acid system t
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first

Farmland Dairies is the first to pack a low-acid beverage in an aseptic carton this large. Shelf stability permits nontraditional placement in-store. Automatic in-line pour spout applicator is also the first of its kind.
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
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Case packer for stand-up pouches

Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) will debut the Technistar TS Series of case packers. The TS Series is the only case packer, says the company, for stand-up pouch packagers with the flexibility of handling a range of packaging configurations and pouch sizes.
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.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
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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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