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The beauty and color of the garden is evident in the nine-color printing on Scotts? potting soil bags. Cohesive label shown on t
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Stand-up bags in Scotts' future

Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
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Overprinters

Willett America's (Lawrenceville, GA) Models 2730 and 2760 overprinters can print text, graphics and bar codes directly onto flexible packaging materials at speeds to 8"/sec.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Acuity Imaging (Nashua, NH) and Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) will merge to create a new manufacturer of machine vision systems.
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Vision inspection equipment

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
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Gravimetric drum fillers

The Model DN gravimetric drum fillers from Crandall International (Buffalo, NY) are designed to fill 15- to 55-gal drums with liquid and semi-liquid products in a range of viscosities.
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Gamse Litho adds press, sheeter

Gamse Lithographic, Baltimore, MD, has added a six-color Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) litho press and SHM 1400 high-speed sheeter from Strachan Henshaw Machinery (Chicago, IL).
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What ails the glass container industry?

That may not have been the question posed in a recent Dept. of Energy/U.S. glassmakers workshop on technology. But Anchor Glass' James Malone tried to answer it.
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Valve applicator

Marble Manor's (Corbett, OR) VA100 series valve applicator for vacuum-packed coffee uses a heat-sealing process to apply a variety of valves to coffee bags, allowing gases from beans to escape quickly.
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FTC reworks environmental marketing guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reworking its environmental marketing guidelines to ensure that consumers better understand the various claims made on packages and in advertising.
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Automatic case packers

The Model HIS-1800 case packer from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) uses a walking beam shuttle instead of lugged transport chains to convey and load product into RSCs at speeds to 15 cartons/min.
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Bucket labeler

Park Products (St. Petersburg, FL) has introduced the Univer-sal(TM) Bucket Labeling System. This machine applies die-cut, p-s labels to 2-, 3 1/2- and 5-gal buckets and 1-cu-ft boxes with labels up to 6" x 10".
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Converter adds third wicketer for PE bags

Sengewald USA's 140ꯠ-sq-ft Marengo, IL, converting facility has added a third bag wicketer to produce 2- to 4-mil polyethylene bags at rates to 175/min, for food, nonfood and medical packaging applications.
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Automatic bag palletizer

SDP Series 2000 automatic bag palletizer from Slidell (Owatonna, MN) has a unitized design to reduce installation time. It is shipped intact and ready for installation.
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Tidying up the label

Shocking news from Kiwi Brands is that not all toilet bowl cleaners kill germs. In fact, new Ty-D-Bol® Sanitizing Formula is the only product on the market that kills germs, according to the company.
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Pallet stretch wrapper

The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
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Supplier news: International agreements

AIS Container Handling has opened a new branch in Nottinghamshire, England.
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Multi-head liquid fillers

The Model F329HE-SS electronic multi-head liquid filler from Cozzoli (Plainfield, NJ) fills unit dose syringes, tubes and vials. It replaces a mechanically driven carriage with electronic advancements that simplify changeover and shorten it by four hours, says the manufacturer.
All eight stations on the press (above) are arranged around an offset cylinder measuring 48 inches in diameter. Eight mandrels (
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Dry offset printing reaches eight colors

Brand managers who market their products in plastic cups are no longer limited to six colors now that Polytainers has commercialized an eight-color dry offset printer. Yogurt marketers are clearly impressed.

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