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Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
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Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Black Clawson Converting Machinery Corp. (Fulton, NY) has signed an agreement with Pagendarm Technologies GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) to market and manufacture the Pagendarm product line for coating and drying technology in all of North and South America, except for Brazil.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Riverwood Intl. Corp. (Atlanta, GA) will begin a $75 million capital project at its Macon, GA, paper mill for converting its remaining kraft linerboard machine for the production of coated paperboard for beverage and food packaging.
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Bundler offers tear strip

EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) offers film perforation as a standard option on most new bundling systems, or as a retrofitted option on existing systems.
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Hot probe sealing of tubes

The Tonazzi line of tube filling machines from Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) uses hot probe tube sealing system for closure of HDPE, LDPE, PP, laminated, and coextruded tubes.
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Auger filler

The Servo 3000 auger filler from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Sturtevant, WI) uses a patent-pending "sliding key" auger adapter shaft to remove auger screws for changeovers without tools.
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FTC not playing with Toys 'R' Us

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged toy industry retail giant Toys 'R' Us with exacting heavy-handed agreements from toy manufacturers that dictate how toys should be packaged for different accounts.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

MULTI-FILL Inc. (Sandy, UT) will purchase the complete line and inventory of the MPFS and MPFM volumetric pocket fillers from HEMA U.S.A. Inc. (Sandy, UT).
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Anti-stat conveyor for f/f/s

Easy-to-operate vertical form/ fill/seal machines from KEY-PAK Machines (Lebanon, NJ) have anti-static exit conveyors to permit the passage and safe grounding of static electrical charges created by sliding surfaces in the packaging of foods and beverages in metallized plastic film.
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Auger filler

The All-Fill (Exton, PA) Model SV-400 auger filler provides accurate, repeatable filling of powders, granulates and liquids. It uses The Cerebus III control system, a brushless, direct-drive servo motor with motion control electronics to control the auger for precise filling.
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Easy-open pack for bundles

Bundles of six 2-L water bottles from Perrier/Vittel, Paris, France, get an easy-open feature thanks to a new multilayer shrink film with directional tear resistance.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Bottles fuel use of recycled resin

Chevron incorporates recycled-content resin in its bottles for fuel additives, taking a proactive approach to potential legislative container requirements.
Not only is Akzo Nobel Salt?s cool-running hot melt case sealing adhesive safer for operators, it allows a reduced bead widt
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Chilling hot melt danger

Low-temperature hot melt runs more efficiently, cuts adhesive costs and increases operator safety.
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Roll-fed labeler

An updated version of the 900 Series Polyclad roll-fed labeler from Associated Packaging Equipment (Markham, Ontario, Canada) features stainless-steel construction for use by the dairy, food and beverage industries.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) has entered into an international agreement with Vortex Systems in Italy to sell, manufacture and service the high-speed transport and collating Individual Carrier System.

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