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In-line capper

New Resina's (Brooklyn, NY) new in-line capper uses a patent-pending design to improve torque range and enable users to reach speeds of 600 caps/min, depending on bottle size.
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Materials Product Brief
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PP/polyester film

Q-PET(TM) is a patent-pending coextruded multilayer film with a core layer of PP and surface layers of polyester. This offers users a significant cost reduction over traditional PP, says the company.
Two of Coors? bulk bins for crowns are shown in their role as hoppers atop the crown feeders. The built-in slide gates, current
Feature Article
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Reusable bin does double duty for Coors

Coors receives its bottle crowns in custom plastic bulk bins that double as hoppers on the packaging line thanks to a built-in slide gate.
Materials Product Brief
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Form/fill/seal shrink wrapper

The VersaJet SS 50 Series is a side-seal continuous-motion form/fill/seal shrink wrapper from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) designed with versatility in mind.
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Ales boast custom bottle, gold-stamped labels

When Portland, OR-based BridgePort Brewing Co. added two new brands to its line of premium ales last month, it used the opportunity to introduce a custom glass bottle for all four ale varieties in the line.
Materials Product Brief
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Foam-in-place bagging

The AccuPak is a foam-in-place bagging system from Flexible Products (Joliet, IL) that uses low-profile fixed nozzles to dispense PU foam into bags within a set of brush rollers.
A custom-engineered flat sealing head induction-seals recessed closures in jug-in-box containers
Machine Case Study
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An unconventional seal

A custom-engineered induction sealer allows Jensen Foods to apply tamper-evident inner seals to 41/2-gal jug-in-box foodservice packs.
Controls Product Brief
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Case erector

The Pro Forma 230 is a new case erector from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) designed to be very forgiving to variations in corrugated cases.
Controls Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
An array of print heads on both sides of the conveyor leading to finished goods inventory lets Borden print variable information
Feature Article
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On-line case printing supports ECR at Borden

In addition to simplified inventory, faster changeovers, and material cost savings, on-line case coding at six Borden plants means faster response to customer needs.
Controls Product Brief
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Printer/applicator

The Bakery Printer & Applicator from EPI Labelers (New Freedom, PA) was specifically designed to place labels and date codes on packaged bread, rolls, candy and other bakery items.
A galvanized steel cage permits Pepper Source personnel to see through to the inner HDPE liner to gauge product level
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IBC serves up savings for sauce maker

Pepper Source reduces its packaging and distribution costs with a reusable bulk container that saves in both shipping and receiving, says maker of sauces, marinades and glazes.
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United Distillers bulks up on savings (sidebar)

Case taper flies at United Distillers
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT): Catherine A. Bryson, dir., sales and mktg.
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
Materials Product Brief
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Stretch wrapper for printers

The Lan-ringer® stretch packaging system from Lantech (Louisville, KY) is designed to replace metal banding and hand wrapping to reduce labor and injuries, and to improve load protection of printed newspaper supplements.
Feature Article
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.
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Strategies for bar code printer/applicators

"The biggest mistake made in the deployment of label printer/applicators is to treat the purchase and installation of the applicator as a stand-alone piece of equipment, similar to sourcing a tabletop printer." So writes Dan Gilmore of Forte Industries (Mason, OH), a systems integrator, in a white paper entitled, Integrated Bar Code Printer/ Applicator Systems, Keys to Successful System Implementation.

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