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Automatic feeder

The Model VIP-100 feeding machine from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) feeds flat products out of a single magazine at speeds to 100/min. It uses a unique combination of friction, vacuum feeding and pneumatic principles to consistently feed a variety of products, including leaflets, accordian-fold literature, cards, booklets, magazines, CDs and video tapes.
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Pepsi's packaging blitz

August was a one-month promotion period featuring two special packages from Pepsi-Cola Co. In convenience stores and gas marts nationwide, the Somers, NY-based firm launched 16-oz "Slam Cans" of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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Palletizing robots

The newest model in the PR-Series of palletizing robots from Pacific Robotics (San Diego, CA) palletizes four different products from four infeed lines at the same time.
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Consumer group seeks food label changes

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make changes in its food labeling regulations and to prohibit dozens of specific claims that are now appearing on food packages.
At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.
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Line shaft conveyor

Using only a single drive, a new line shaft conveyor from Buschman (Cincinnati, OH) uses a special live roller conveyor to power elaborate configurations of straight line shaft conveyor sections, curves and other modular auxiliary units.
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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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Shrink film bundler

API's (Booth #1117) new APB 2700 CM (continuous motion) in-line shrink film bundler has a stepper motor driven reciprocating seal bar system, enhancing reliability in high-speed applications.
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Blister/skin/shrink packaging

Sun Industries' (Booth #1432) Model M-816 Stretch Pak(TM) machine employs a unique combination of blister, skin and shrink technologies to create a line of high-quality carded packaging.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Automatic bottle labeler

Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT) has introduced an automatic bottle labeling system for full or partial wrap bottle labeling. Application, bottle turning, imprinting and conveying modules are mounted on a heavy-duty base with casters for this self-contained, portable unit.
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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Booth #1006) new pouch feeder can orient numerous styles of pouches for downstream operation at speeds to 200/min. The pouches are moved into a deep bowl centrifigual feeder, where they are picked up by a starwheel and placed onto an exit conveyor.

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