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Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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Stretch-wrapping systems

The Vortex Series of stretch-wrapping systems from Orion (Memphis, TN) combines the logic of fully automatic machines with the portability of semi-automatic stretchwrappers.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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Electronic printer

The Model J2800 electronic printer from Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) is for in-plant printing of variable product information, such as bar codes, consecutive numbering, real time codes, sell-by dates and product descriptions.
A 3? sidewall at the leading edge of the package becomes the base on which the package stands
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Pasta/produce combo gets tf/f/s treatment

Salinas produce marketer Tanimura & Antle thermoforms its own trays for the Broccoli Time combo pack. Will consumers get used to seeing such full meals in the refrigerated produce section?
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Transfer tape

Specialty Tapes, Div. of RSW (Racine, WI), has introduced CA-684, an ultra-high-shear, high-adhesion transfer tape. It consists of a high-performance adhesive on a discardable release liner for use in TE bag closure applications or for mounting substrates to smooth, textured or embossed surfaces.
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Servo-driven vf/f/s machine

UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

UCB Films PLC (Watford, Hertfordshire, England) announced a multi-million dollar investment in a new BOPP production plant at its Wigton, UK, site.
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Self-venting closures

RD Industries (Omaha, NE) now has a product sheet on its Vent-A-Cap® self-venting closures. Includes illustrations and descriptions on the various Vent-A-Cap systems, including Standard, Draw-Off Tube, Shipping Closure, Quick Disconnect, High-Viscosity and Snip Top.
Pulsed CO2 laser delivers precisely positioned codes. Code changeovers are made by simply changing the mask (inset
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Blazer laser boosts drug line

Production efficiencies, improved accuracies, and reduced labor costs have been realized since laser coding was installed on this prescription drug line.
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Shrink bag

The PromoBag shrink bag from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS) benefits fresh meat and food processors. Uses polyolefin anti-fog film for food applications, or a variety of other shrink films for nonfood applications.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. (North Kingstown, RI): Richard R. Schloesser, senior vp of sales and mktg. for Torayfan OPP and Lummiror polyester film div.
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TE fitments for gabletops

Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has introduced a new line of LDPE TE fitments for half-gal and 2-L gabletop paperboard cartons. The EL 64 extended-life molded-membrane fitment consists of a threaded closure and overcap, plus a membrane with a pull ring inside for added tam-per evidence.
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Strippable lid film

Scotchpak 1504 from 3M (St. Paul, MN) is the first strippable lid film designed specifically for use with PP containers. This patent-pending film has a peel footprint that provides a visible freshness seal.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Mobil Chemical Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) and Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, CT) have entered into a partnership for improved product protection for packaged food.
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Squeeze tube filler

ProSys (Middlesex, NJ) has released Models HVF RT112 and HVF RT212 tube filling machines. These fillers can run most tube materials and closure types to speeds of 70 tubes/min.
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Shrink wrap

Transhield shrink wrap from LCM, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) is a nonabrasive, insulating shrink film that can be used on delicate goods or painted products, such as appliances, equipment or vehicles.
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Quantifying packaging volumes in Japan

A 353-page report on on packaging in the Japanese market up to 1994 covers virtually every category of product relating to packaging. It has been published by Japan Packaging Consultants Corp.

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