J.L. Clark (Rockford, IL): Gregory Gann, vp operations; Walt Pietruch, dir. of engineering, metal operations; Jay Defenbaugh, dir. of sales, collapsible tube div.; Ellen Spicuzza, sales rep., collapsible tube div.
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Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.
The Dynamic Optical Window from Balluff (Florence, KY) detects and reacts to moving objects as small as .03" dia. Suited for counting small objects air-conveyed in a transparent tube or dropped from a chute, such as drug capsules, wire trim scrap or electronic components.
Packagers worrying about the availability of recycled polyethylene terephthalate resin will likely be encouraged by the announcement last month that a new process for recycling post-consumer PET has been developed by United Resource Recovery Corp.
Sprinter Marking (Zanesville, OH) has announced a modified version of its ink code-marking machines. The Model 44 EH 1, with an extended 1" head for marking in recesses, can mark a double line approximately 1/3 the way around a 7/16" diameter rubber tube.
The Model F329HE-SS electronic multi-head liquid filler from Cozzoli (Plainfield, NJ) fills unit dose syringes, tubes and vials. It replaces a mechanically driven carriage with electronic advancements that simplify changeover and shorten it by four hours, says the manufacturer.