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.
Klckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the Compacker 3, a f/f/s blister packing machine. Low in cost, it offers the largest format in its price range, says the company, and is ideal for generic pharmaceuticals and contract packagers.
Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
"We have been fighting a defensive battle for a long time," said Richard Thornburg, director of government relations for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), in assessing the impact of the November elections.
Machines in the 880 series of case palletizers from Alvey (St. Louis, MO) employ shaft-mounted drives to reduce the number of sprockets, chains, belts and takeups for such primary devices as the row pusher, apron and hoist.
Films Div. of Mobil Chemical Co. increases its annual capacity worldwide with the addition of a metallizer to its Belleville, Ontario, Canada, facility and a second orienter to its plant in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.