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Vf/f/s with header card

Gess Systems (Palmyra, WI) has introduced a new vertical f/f/s system with a heat seal header attachment that produces bags up to 6" x 11" from rollstock at speeds over 25 packages/min.
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Supplier news: International agreements

The Food and Consumer Packaging Business of James River Corp. (Milford, OH) has established a flexible packaging converting plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, under the name James River Packaging de Mexico.
Materials Product Brief
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Oil pail and drum labeler

A patented p-s label applicator designed for large petroleum and petrochemical labels has been introduced by Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA). Can produce labels up to 13" wide with a placement accuracy of ±1/16" for roll or fanfold labels at speeds to 30 labels/ min.
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Stretch wrapper

The Muller® 202 Octopus® stretchwrapper from Newtec(TM) (Sunset Hills, MO) is a low-cost, lower-speed automatic stretch wrapper that reaches speeds to 50 loads/hr.
Controls Product Brief
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Automatic L sealer

Clamco's (Cleveland, OH) Model 6600 automatic L sealer wraps a wide variety of products up to 6" high at speeds to 40 packages/min. Conveyor, sealing head, sealing jaw and film advance speeds are adjustable.
Materials Product Brief
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PET labeling brochure

A new brochure from National Starch and Chemical, Adhesives Div. (Bridgewater, NJ) offers insight into labeling PET soft drink bottles and food containers.
In the cleanroom at Luther Medical (above), workers use a special scrolling device to tightly roll the directions for each cath
Feature Article
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Out of pack, top of mind

Keeping medical device directions outside of a sterilized package lets a healthcare professional read up before opening the package. Luther Medical's patented tray design holds scrolled instructions outside the pack for its catheters.
Schering-Plough got into pressure-sensitive labeling in a big way when it brought suncare product labeling in-house. Rotary p-s
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Coppertone's new label is a clear winner

Schering-Plough decided to bring in-house new p-s labeling of its suncare products. Along with special labels, the company needed labeling equipment-and also machine vision and ink-jet printing.
Controls Product Brief
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Liquid filling systems

Oden's (Buffalo, NY) new line of PRO/FILL GEN3 liquid filling systems handle a variety of liquids ranging in consistency from water to syrups, in volumes from .5 mL to 1 gal.
Nature?s Way uses both mouth seals and shrink bands on all of its bottles (above), whether OTC drugs or not. The company?s blist
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Drug makers worry over new FDA rules

Packaging costs could skyrocket for makers of drugs in two-piece capsules-if new FDA rules mandate sealing. All drug makers show concern over capsule identification and potential tamper-evident pack changes.
Controls Product Brief
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Quick-change bottle feeder

The FL-200 linear bottle feeder from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) can handle large bottles up to 2L. Takes bottles from an elevating supply hopper and unscrambles them for downstream filling, capping and labeling.
Controls Product Brief
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Medical heat sealers

Alloyd (DeKalb, IL) has introduced a two-station medical packaging machine and all board blister machine. The two-station machine runs up to eight cycles/min for single- or multi-sided operation.
News
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PP bottles, PET film boast PCR content

Colgate-Palmolive's Murphy's oil soap has been in translucent blow-molded polypropylene bottles for years, and the New York-based firm had no desire to switch.
As empty bottles are depalletized (above left), they?re mutually supportive because they move forward in a mass; even more chal
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Empty-bottle handling is no picnic

The lightest of the PET bottles filled on Pepsi's new line weighs just 27.5 g. Controlling these empty containers at high speeds is difficult to say the least.
Farmer members of the wheat growers1 cooperative enjoy seeing their own branded pasta in retail stores in their region. However,
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Pasta plant extraordinaire

The only way for this new pasta producer to meet the needs of three different market segments is to have a packaging operation designed for maximum flexibility.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Engraph Label Group's Patton Div. (Cold Spring, KY) has announced the opening of its VIP Health Care pharmaceutical label converting plant; Polaris Packaging Inc.
Controls Product Brief
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High-speed film labeler

B&H Labeling Systems' (Ceres, CA) 8000 Series high-speed film labeler employs a patented computer-aided label-registration system to eliminate out of register labels at application speeds to 12ꯠ labels/ min.
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Cotton inserting machine

Modular/king Packaging's (Pine Brook, NJ) cotton wool inserting machine provides accurate insertion into solid dosage pharmaceutical containers at speeds to 120 bottles/min.

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