Machinery

Each vf/f/s machine is paired with a volumetric cup filler to crank out bags of berries at about 40/min
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Berry bagging gets better

Northland Cranberries installed eight volumetric fillers and as many vf/f/s machines for its line of branded fresh fruit. Automation increases its case-per-day capacity by 50%.
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An automatic card feeder places cards face down over the formed and filled blisters
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All-paper blister pack a reality in U.S.

Sally Hansen nail fortifier from Del Laboratories is one of the first U.S. mass-market applications for an all-paperboard blister pack.
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Semi-automatic liquid filler

National Instrument's (Baltimore, MD) Filamatic Model WRP-1 semi-automatic volumetric liquid filling system fills containers from pints to multi-gallons with ±0.5% accuracy.
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Grocery groups join lobbying efforts

In unity there is strength, particularly in lobbying. Two national grocery trade groups and several state food associations will join efforts to lobby on key federal and state issues affecting the food industry, many of which involve packaging.
Bars discharge from the wrapper six at a time, with three continuing on one right-angled conveyor (above), three on another. Aft
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'Floating pocket' cartoner speeds ice cream novelty output

Ice cream novelty processing/packaging line helps Ingman Foods expand its product offerings in Finland.
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Health claims

Everyone from mom to Uncle Sam urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet. So why did the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow only raw fruits and vegetables to make a "healthy" claim on food labels?
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Speedier heat transfer decorating

Culminating a two-year cooperative program, Avery Dennison's Decorating Technologies Div. (Framingham, MA) and Krones (Franklin, WI) have developed Thermocol, a new patent-pending system to apply heat-transfer decorating onto glass, plastic and metal containers at speeds to 500/min.
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Label applicator

The System I roll-on labeler from Lord Label (Arlington, TX) is now available with a side drive to provide consistent orientation on lightweight products as they're conveyed through the applicator.
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Five reasons to work with container 'resourcers'

"Fast. Flexible. Focused. Resourceful." Those are the hallmarks of today's successful packaging operations and packaging managers. But, as growth in the U.S.
Bags for Green Giant frozen vegetables explain how foods high in certain vitamins ?may? reduce risk of cancer. While the foods?
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Food fight!

The FDA wants to make it easier for food packs to carry health and nutrition statements. Meanwhile, industry continues to press for even greater latitude for claims.
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Shrink wrap bundlers

The FlexWrap line of shrink wrap bundlers from Barry-Wehmiller Packaging (Clearwater, FL) has been expanded to include intermittent- and continuous-motion models.
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) signed on with Flex-Link (Bethlehem, PA) to build Flex-Link conveyors and automation components.
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Newswrap palletizer

Western Atlas (Kebron, KY) has introduced the von Gal Z-3 NewsWrap(TM) palletizer. It decreases printers' material handling costs by reducing equipment needs, floor space requirements, maintenance and personnel requirements.
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
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Margarine filling system

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) will demonstrate its new Fast-Pak 1x2 DK margarine filling system at the Jagenberg booth. It fills 1- to 10-oz preformed cups at speeds to 80/min.
Great care was taken in designing the thermoform for the sliced varieties so that slices would neatly shingle
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U.K. firm ships Costa Rican fruit via Canadian technology

Unique packaging lets Geest ship fresh-cut pineapplein clear thermoforms to markets not only in the UK but also France and the U.S. Shelf life is 35 days.
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New high-pressure resins

Three new high-pressure PE resins have been formulated by Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) specifically for blow-molding, sheet and foam applications. LYA-003 is intended for LDPE blow-molding applications such as squeezable or sports bottles.

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