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A robotic arm (top) dispenses liquid foam into the center of an outer corrugated shipper. An automated product placer, using ar
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Waterford's protection yields crystal clear benefits

By automating use of foam cushioning, Waterford Wedgwood protects $235 million worth of crystal and decorative ceramic pieces. Operational efficiency goes up, too.
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon (sidebar)

What about cost?
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Deli meat data

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has introduced a data sheet on its Case-Ready packaging system for fresh deli meats and cheeses. The system includes Cryovac's BDF® film and gas-flushed tray, as well as Ageless® oxygen absor-bers.
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Lacquered blister foil

White stove lacquer blister foil from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) has good contrast and smooth surface that helps eliminate problem spots caused by in-line printing applications where solvents displace coding ink.
A robotic arm (top) transfers two of the heavy cases from the conveyor and onto a pallet load. The robot will soon be building t
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

Room to serve
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Smart labels fight counterfeiters and provide product assurance

The problem: In California earlier this year, a number of alert young mothers noticed something disturbingly different about the powdered infant formula they were giving their babies.
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Reclosable blister

The Twister Blister from Inline Plastics (Milford, CT) is a two-piece blister package that serves as a reusable container. A base is attached to a paperboard card and a second plastic piece twists on or off.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Stokes-Merrill Corp. (Bristol, PA) and MAC, South America will jointly develop, manufacture, and market a line of blister machines for the pharmaceutical industry.
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Slat lane divider

Krones (Franklin, WI) has introduced a slat lane dividing system designed to eliminate container breakage and jams associated with conventional multiple-gate dividing systems.
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Induction sealing system

The 4kW Integral II induction sealing system from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) is capable of sealing closure sizes from 20 to 120 mm at speeds over 100 ft/min.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

AIS Container Handling (Grand Rapids, MI): Michael J. Finch, sales, West Coast; Dan Ferguson, marketing dept.
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Cartoning and sizing software

Pack and Stack(TM) version 3.0 software from Advanced Logistics Systems (Roche Harbor, WA) is designed to help configure bulk or cartoned products in shipping cases, and cases on pallet loads, to maximize space use.
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Automated pouch placer

The PD-202 pouch dispenser with neck hanger attachment from Austin-Gordon Design (Nashua, NH) places pouches containing promotional pieces or coupons onto bottles in-line.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Atlantis Plastics, Inc. (Miami, FL): W. John Buchan, vp and general mgr., stretch and institutional film; Werner F. Goeckel, vp and general mgr., custom film; Michael B.
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Right angle bundler

Great Lakes (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 708E compact right angle bundling system. Automatic machine can collate and sleeve wrap grouped or stacked packages at speeds to 20 bundles/min using 27" wide film.
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Pharmaceutical inspector

The Quatrascan bar code inspection system from AGR Intl. (Butler, PA) provides labeling and component verification requirements specified by the FDA.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
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Carton accumulator

Verac's (Wyckoff, NJ) carton accumulator offers the highest speed, highest capacity on the market, says the company. Uncounted cartons first enter an accumulation zone.

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