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Automation times six at Apotex

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F/f/s machine

Rennco's (Homer, MI) 501-36 f/f/s machine produces bags from 2" x 2" to 18" x 36", using various shrink films or PE. Uses a stepper film feed drive and motorized film feed cart.
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Squeezing out productivity

An adjustable guiderail system allows juice producer Hansen's Juices to maximize output, minimize downtime. Sizing up and down lets line focus on "just-in-time" technology.
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Electric conveyor roller

The MICROROLLER(TM) electric conveyor roller from Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI) is a self-contained unit that provides drive power to roller conveyor systems, eliminating the need for external drive components such as belts, chains and sprockets.
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Neck band quenches thirst for savings

A heat-shrinkable polyvinyl chloride neck band, used by New Orleans, La.-based Sirocco Enterprises to package Pat O'Brien's(TM) cocktail drink mixes, has reduced material costs and increased sales.
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Court says states can regulate packaging

California's detailed "green law" was upheld by a federal appeals court, which said states have a right to regulate packaging so consumers are not confused, in the same way deceptive advertising can be banned.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Printpack Inc. (Atlanta, GA) and Orchem, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) have introduced a full service flexible packaging converting operation called Orflex Packaging, Inc.
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Case erector

Marq's (Yakima, WA) New Style High-Performance Case Erector measures just 70" x 70". Lug drive system enables the machine to erect and seal stovepipe case styles where the case height exceeds the case length.
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Adhesive brochure

National Starch & Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) now offers a brochure explaining how the company devotes its research and resources to developing new adhesives and adapting existing products to meet changing packaging and converting needs.
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Beverage multipackers

Douglas Machine (Alexandria, MN) has introduced the Douglas Pak, a beverage multipack system combining paperboard or corrugated trays with a LDPE shrink wrap outer shell.
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26° of separation for poultry

A new standard to separate fresh and frozen poultry has been proposed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Spurred on by "news events" like bowling with frozen broilers, USDA has proposed that any poultry chilled below 26°F would have to be labeled as "previously frozen." In the past, USDA allowed processors to label as fresh all poultry even if it had been frozen to an internal temperature of 0°F.
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Conveyor brochure

A 16-page catalog from Flexible Material Handling (Cleveland, OH) describes seven new conveyor designs, plus options and accessories for packaging, distribution, and manufacturing operations.
Side view of the thermoformed PVC tray shows its 3 1/2? depth
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Packaging helps a new market blossom

California flower grower enters the foodservice market by developing an MAP packaging system that's right at home in the refrigerated foodservice distribution chain.
For the 4-oz ?dairy? line, foil cups (right) have been replaced by a ramekin-style cup (center), and a redesigned folding carton
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology

Package redesign enhances images of upscale cheeses. New MAP package is a first for dairy while another pack pioneers an injection-molding method.
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Flexible tubes

Flexible tubes from Brechteen (Chesterfield, MI) are made from polyamide for clip cut resistance and good size control. For use in packaging oils, powders, adhesives and consumer products.
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New BOPP fillm

Propafilm CK 140 from ICI Films (Chicago, IL) is a biaxially oriented PP film with good moisture, gas and flavor barriers. FDA approved for direct food contact, it is suited for dry mixes, powders, spices, candies, coffee, tea, medical device overwraps or any product requiring an anti-static surface.
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Coca-Cola's efficiency soars with ultrasonics

Ultrasonic proximity and motion control sensors improve efficiency and reduce downtime at Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated's Mobile, AL plant.
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Dual in-line stretch wrapper

Kaufman (Toledo, OH) has introduced an automatic dual in-line stretch wrapper system that uses two lower-speed overhead arm stretch wrappers, rather than one high-speed wrapper, for optimum volume with decreased maintenance and downtime.

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