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An operator uses a hand-held scanning device to check color consistency (top) on the printed web as it moves through American Pa
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Printing, cold sealing sweeten converter's outlook

American Packaging's $17 million plant expansion/modernization includes an 11-station gravure press that applies cold adhesive in register in line.
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
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Liquid filling system

The GEN3 Pro/Fill fully automatic liquid filling system from Oden (Buffalo, NY) fills liquids in volumes from milliliters to gallons. Uses a PLC to store and execute the parameters of all filling and container-handling functions, as well as to maintain statistical operating data and provide extensive diagnostic information.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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Neck finish

Alpha Plastics (St. Louis, MO) now has tooling to produce injection blow-molded pharmaceutical and vitamin bottles that accept Seda's (Los Angeles, CA) J-Cap(TM), Hinge Guard(TM) and TE closures.
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Horizontal f/f/s

The new Model 8000 Series horizontal form/fill/seal machine from Mahaffy & Harder Eng. (Booth #1508) accommodates a broad range of flexible and semi-rigid materials.
Molds open (top) to reveal the injection-molded PET preforms, which are subsequently conditioned and stretch/blow molded into fi
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Single-stage molding propels Premier Plastics

Custom blowmolder on West Coast adds an injection/stretch blow-molding machine to tap the bottled water market. Health For Life Brands of Arizona is first user of Premier's 500mL bottle.
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Auger filler

Mateer-Burt's (Booth #1605) new Neotron Series 1800 servo-driven auger filler provides accurate filling within ±.45% of targeted weight. It's for use with free-flowing or non-free-flowing liquids and powders, as well as liquids, creams, pastes, viscous liquids and slurries.
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Robotic tray and case packer

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Booth #709) will display the new high-speed horizontal and vertical robotic tray and case packing system. This machine picks up filled flat-bottom bags, cartons, and tubes, and places them into trays or cases at speeds to 15 cases/min.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Pete Sites of Perceptics Corporation (Knoxville, TN) recently received Johnson & Johnson's Eagle Award of Excellence, for his work in creating an automated machine inspection system for new one-day disposable soft contact lenses.
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Auger filler

Mateer-Burt's (Booth #1605) new Neotron Series 1800 servo-driven auger filler provides accurate filling within ±.45% of targeted weight. It's for use with free-flowing or non-free-flowing liquids and powders, as well as liquids, creams, pastes, viscous liquids and slurries.
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Bottle air laner/accumulator

R.A. Pearson's (Spokane, WA) models C9400 and C9600 PET bottle air laner/accumulators are designed to facilitate bottle conveying, diverting and accumulating prior to case packing or bulk palletizing.
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PAM with a pump

Figuring it likely that "aerosol aversion" might cause some consumers to steer clear of its PAM® cooking spray in an aerosol can, American Home Food Products of Madison, NJ, began testing an alternative package: PAM with a pump.
The two-piece tin (top) looks like a scale model of the race car. Even the bottom (above) is printed and formed to look like the
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J.L. Clark races to new technology in metal forming

Distortion printing, nine-mold forming and computer-aided design were all instrumental in Clark's unique two-piece stock car tin for Valvoline.
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Push-pull cap feeder

Aidlin Automation's (Bradenton, FL) CFSC-2024 orients and feeds push-pull sports closures at speeds to 800 containers/min. This elevator-type unit feeds the closures using specially designed orienting cleats and then transfers them into an existing capper.
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Bottle-in-box capper

Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) SN-30 single-chuck capper has been modified to handle 2 1/2- to 5-gal bottle-in-box containers used in the foodservice industry for oils and condiments.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Gulf States Paper Corp. (Tuscaloosa, AL): D. Lantz Reppert, executive vp, paperboard converting.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.

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