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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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.
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Sandoz/Gerber's first offering comes in a box

Resource, a liquid nutritional supplement targeted to consumers age 55 and beyond, is now available in 13 western markets, with national distribution expected early this year.
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Child-resistant blister foil

A new child-resistant foil from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) combines advanced heat seal technology with two-side printing capabilities to create a compliance package specifically suited for OTC drugs and vitamin supplements.
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Pick-and-place robot

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Lake Forest, IL) has developed an alternative to traditional pick-and-place systems that uses a two-track rail system instead of a conventional robotic arm.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Cheese overwrap film

Designed to replace conventional overwrap films for cheese, Cryovac's (Duncan, SC) BDF-4000 is a high-barrier film with built-in oxygen and aroma barriers.
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High-speed capper

PMC Industries' (Hackensack, NJ) new high-speed capper applies pump caps at speeds to 300/min. A programmable controller governs machine operations, including the flow of caps from the sorter and automatic shutdown in case of overloads at transfer points.
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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.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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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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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.
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.
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A sampling of samplers to come

Montreal-based PACT company sells to markets around the world more than 3귔 varieties of botanical bath oil products. They're packaged with herbs like lavender and rosemary into decorative glass bottles and jars.
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Blister packer

Campak's (Fairfield, NJ) M92 Blister Packer can run any film accurately, says the company, including cold-formed blister applications. Runs webs to 10" W and blisters up to 3" W x 5" D at speeds to 540 blisters/min.
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.
A scanner on the labeler verifies bar codes as labels unwind from rollstock. Two similar scanners are mounted on the cartoner an
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Code control: three scanners, one PLC

To verify the readability of preprinted bar codes, Private Formulations, Inc. employs three scanners integrated into its solid-dose bottling line by Parish Automation (Lakewood, NJ).
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.

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