Machinery

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Glidden's paint testers pass with flying colors

High-density polyethylene test containers let homeowners test a color before plunging into the purchase of a gallon of paint.
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In additional to single cartons, PFI produces overwrapped multipacks consisting of two to six cartons. The cartoner will also i
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Targeting a convertible cartoner

Private label OTC drug maker adds a cartoner designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, handling both glue and tuck-style cartons.
An overview of the bundler and integrated heat tunnel shows the small-footprint design
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Bundlers shrink labor costs

Private-label pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocraft Laboratories saves $900ꯠ a year in labor and materials by installing collator/shrink bundlers on 13 lines.
With its new twin-head filling system (left), Mid-Florida Mining can more evenly blend cat   litter and scented crystals. Both
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Twin-auger filler is pick of the litter

Automated filling and capping of jugs containing cat litter helps Mid-Florida Mining reduce giveaway by 83% and labor costs by 45%. Increased efficiency helps push new product offerings and increase sales.
The ingredient statement of this Lipton soup package is likely to change if USDA insists on food makers identifying ?mechanic
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Playing 'chicken' with food labels

USDA dares food processors to put 'mechanically separated poultry' in ingredient panels.
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Vial tray and tote loader

The Model TL100 from McBrady Eng. (Joliet, IL) is an automatic vial and ampule loader for tray and tote boxes. Vials and ampules can be fed directly from the filling line or from McBrady's #40 Outside Vial washer/dryer.
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Medical tray sealers

Synergy II medical tray sealers from EMD Products (Libertyville, IL) offer GMP-compliant construction, maximum operator safety and superior process control with particulate-free operation required for clean room environments.
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Material handling

Omron Electronics, Inc. (Schaum-burg, IL) has issued a new six-page, full color brochure called "Material Handling and Packaging Solutions," which highlights its factory automation systems controls for a wide range of industries.
Meats like Hormel?s Spam that are heat processed in the can are critically dependent on the package integrity for wholesomeness
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USDA keeps on trucking with HACCP

USDA is ready to issue a joint proposal with FDA on warehousing and distribution of packaged foods. New safety requirements could affect packaging.
A World Variety employee applies tags while trimming and repackaging produce for delivery to a retailer. A Melissa?s? tag (left)
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Locking in sales

A California-based produce wholesaler opts for new tags for improved product identification and greater brand visibility.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
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Case tapers

Two semi-automatic case tapers from Central Products (Menasha, WI) are suited for oversized packages of unlimited length. The CP-633 seals packages 30" x 30" in height and width, and the CP-644 seals packages 40" x 40".
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Vertical f/f/s

Eagle Packaging's (Oakland, CA) new Infinity vertical form/fill/seal machine can produce a range of pouch styles, including flat-bottom bags, at speeds to 120 bags/min.
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Nonfoil lidding

A new high-barrier, nonfoil, flexible lidding structure from American Packaging (Rochester, NY) permits on-line metal detection of food products.
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California eases environmental labeling law

Companies have a new defensive weapon against environmental labeling suits in California thanks to a revision of the state's environmental labeling law.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
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Printed sealing tape

Central Products (Menasha, WI) now offers p-s carton sealing tape printed with customer artwork, logos or product information. Preprinted stock tapes are also available with acrylic or hot melt adhesives on a PP backing, or with a natural rubber adhesive on a PVC backing.
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Four-side seal machine for medical device pouches

Doyen Medipharm (Morris Plains, NJ) has introduced a fully automated electronic four-side seal machine for high-speed pouching of medical devices. Combined with the manufacturer's flexographic package printing system, the machine can package a range of medical products into sterile pouches, and print a 12" x 12" area on-line, at speeds over 250 containers/min.

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