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Clamshell is armed for retail sale

A hinged polyvinyl chloride clamshell with multiple cavities has helped Norcross, GA-based Connecticut Valley Arms strengthen its retail sales of Black Powder Rifles throughout the U.S.
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Haircare whipped into shape

Hair Research Labs of Santa Monica, CA, has introduced a new Hairobics line of haircare products that have a whipped-cream-like consistency. They require a high-barrier dispensing package from Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY).
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Box boosts sales

An attractive dark green chipboard box topped with a clear lid of thermoformed polyvinyl chloride has already boosted orders this year for the Copper Mermaid line of Americana brass ornaments from Pen & Inc., Concord, NH.
Validation of Organon?s newest vial labeler was made much easier by a comprehensive validation protocol devised by the vendor.
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Labeler makes the grade

Pharmaceuticals maker Organon, Inc. relied on its equipment vendor to devise a complete validation procedure for its new labeler before it hit the production floor.
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High-speed pouching machine

The PK3000 is a new horizontal form/fill/seal continuous-web pouch machine from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH). The system is 40% smaller than Jones' PK4000.
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Dietary supplements Kellogg wants claim Where's the fat?

ACalifornia State Dept. of Conservation study of that state's beverage container recycling law recommends changes that would simplify the way the bottle deposits fund recycling, potentially reducing paperwork for packagers.
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Vertical f/f/s machine

The L-25 Jr. vertical form/fill/seal machine uses an integral in-line fitment applicator to reduce packaging costs by as much as 70% compared to premade pouches, says manufacturer Winpak Lane (San Bernardino, CA).
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H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN): Ives S. Yohay, mgr.
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Recycled content: Is the loop broken?

Part two of our exclusive look at recycled-content plastic packaging reports how some packagers justify using recycled resin, even in down markets. Plus, evidence that the "closing the loop" issue won't go away soon.
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Shrink film bundler

The DuraTech I Series shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) uses an in-line infeed to bundle trays or multipacks at speeds to 30/min, depending on pack pattern and product size.
Narrowly spaced lane dividers keep bottles shoulder to shoulder, preventing them from turning, binding or stopping in the case p
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's (sidebar)

A unique twist to handling shingling
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Motorized rollers

Somfy Systems (Cranbury, NJ) has added Model SPMJ to its Power Moller line of internally motorized rollers and pulleys. Model SPMJ combines the benefits of a 24 VDC brushless motor with a 1.9" standard conveyor roller dia.
Figure 3 shows the basic operation of the entire case packing system, from multipack infeed to downstacking to case erecting to
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Case packer solves tissue issue

Unusual case packer at Georgia-Pacifics Bellingham plant employs an infeed laning system and a rotating bucket to load various prewrapped multipacks of bathroom tissue into corrugated cases.
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Stretch wrapper

Lantech's (Louisville, KY) Q-Series two-station automated stretch wrapping system can be custom-built to meet specific application needs. The two-station configuration facilitates quicker loading and wrapping, at speeds to 40 loads/hr, depending on version.
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Powered roller interface

Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) has introduced the Powered Roller Interface Module (PRIM). It's used to control powered roller conveyors and capture the status of the conveyor.
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Toploading robotic system

The Collectopack from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL) is a top-loading robotic system that separates, checks, counts, collates and places products into top-load cartons or feeds multi-packs into a wrapper or cartoner.
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Oil-shear brakes

Posistop® oil-shear brakes from Force Control (Fairfield, OH) are designed to eliminate the high maintenance associated with ordinary dry-friction brakes in stop-and-hold applications.
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Window jars

Topline Products (Wayne, NJ) has designed a line of window jars made of SAN for pressed powder, eye shadow, blush, creme, lip gloss, and other cosmetics and personal care products.

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