Machinery

While the returnable/refillable Bonaqua bottle is made from costly PEN homopolymer, the other two bottles shown here are made fr
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon

High-performance bottles made of PEN homopolymer or naphthalate-based copolyesters are beginning to find their way out of technical conferences and onto store shelves around the globe.
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FDA asked to change milk identity standards

"Two-percent lowfat milk" is an oxymoron says the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF) and the consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
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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.
Holographic labels provide competitive differentiation for Lime-O-Sol?s product additions.
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Giving your package the works

Household product manufacturer Lime-O-Sol gives its new products a distinctive dual-chambered bottle and a holographic label to gain market share.
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Bulk packager

Polypack's (Largo, FL) Model FH32-40-CL shrink wraps pharmaceutical bottles in a variety of bulk configurations to eliminate the need for corrugated cases.
This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

AIS Container Handling (Grand Rapids, MI): Michael J. Finch, sales, West Coast; Dan Ferguson, marketing dept.
With a case erected and waiting, the packer pushes 12 cartridges into the box before it is transferred back to the line for seal
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager

A complete new line, from unscrambler to pallet stretch wrapping, lets Pratt & Lambert United automate production of top-selling large adhesive cartridges.
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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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Plastic colorants

Teknor Color (Pawtucket, RI) now offers colorants with special edge-glow effects. The TekNeonLite series includes four new colorants for use in easy-flow, general purpose and high-heat clear polystyrene for a neon edge glow.
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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Pharmaceutical inspector

The Quatrascan bar code inspection system from AGR Intl. (Butler, PA) provides labeling and component verification requirements specified by the FDA.
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

Material partnerships
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Can inspection system

Busse's (Randolph, WI) Turbo Sorter units are designed to help can makers provide flawless containers. The TS-4000 Turbo Sorter combines the company's Turbo Depalletizer with a high-speed, two- or four-lane sorter for fast and accurate container inspection.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) is installing two new carton converting lines at its West Monroe, LA, carton plant, to increase its converting capacity by 40ꯠ tons per year.
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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Steel eyes the aluminum beverage can market

This year speculation around the world says that steel may regain an appreciable part of the beverage can market it lost to aluminum-thanks to steel's favorable costs. European trend may presage a similar shift in the U.S. in the next few years.

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