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Plug assist material

Formplast® 2000 rod and plate from Cadillac Plastic (Troy, MI) is a new thermoplastic composite material that can be used to make thermoforming plug assists.
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Header labels applied automatically

Three years in the making, a machine that automatically applies header labels to pouches produced on vertical form/fill/seal machines is ready for the packaging marketplace.
Controls Product Brief
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Proximity sensors

A new ultrasonic series of 18-mm, cylindrical proximity sensors is now available from Hyde Park Electronics (Dayton, OH). Applications for the Model SM600/SM650 include cap presence and/or tilt detection, fill-level check, nonmetallic container counting, fill-tube presence monitoring, downed container detection and case inspection.
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Bulk bag unloading

K-Tron America (Pittman, NJ) has integrated K2-Modular volumetric feeders with bulk bag unloaders to provide controlled material discharge. Three twin-screw and two single-screw feeder models are available with feed rates ranging from 0.002 cu' to 560 cu'/hr.
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Blister-pack thermoform/fill/seal system

The Ministar-VAL from Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) is a pneu-matically driven thermoform/fill/seal system designed for pharmaceutical applications. It can produce PVC/aluminum or ampule blister packs at speeds to 40 cycles/min.
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Graphics, coex make for noteworthy tube

Colgate-Palmolive Canada is counting on graphics representing a trio of Looney Tunes characters from Space Jam to spark sales of its Colgate Junior brand toothpaste.
Controls Product Brief
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Manual dumping station

Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) has developed a Manual Dumping Station configured for direct connection to flexible screw conveyors. It collects dust created during manual dumping of powder and bulk solid materials from bags, boxes, drums and other containers.
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Feature Article
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
Feature Article
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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CR packages: another bone of contention

Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Materials Product Brief
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Aluminum bottles

A new line of aluminum bottles has been developed for the pharmaceutical industry by O. Berk (Union, NJ). Applications include antibiotics, bulk concentrated vitamins and ether, as well as essential oils and other health and beauty-related products.
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Pouch filling and sealing

The Hensen BF 350/DU high-speed pouch filling and sealing machine from Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) is designed to handle most types of stand-up pouches, including those with spouts or handles, as well as pillow or block-bottom bags.
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Thermal/transfer printer

Model 220XiII is one of the new models in Diagraph's (St. Louis, MO) new Zebra Performance Line XiII Series of thermal/thermal transfer printers.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Profile Packaging (Sarasota, FL) will distribute pouch packaging equipment from Laudenberg Packaging Machinery (Sarasota, FL) in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Materials Product Brief
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Recycling programs

Return Logistics (Elmhurst, IL) offers recycling programs for industrial packagers aimed at increasing the number of steel drums that are returned to the proper recycling facilities.
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Top graphics make milk pouch come alive

One of the pioneers in pouched milk packaging in the U.S. is now presenting its product in four-color flexo printing on white 4-mil linear low-density polyethylene that's bringing vivid color to the milk case.
Materials Product Brief
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Palletizer/stretch wrapper

The Stackwrap(TM) is a new automatic palletizer/stretch wrap- per from Crown-Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA). Cases, cartons, bags, pails and trays are lifted, shuttled horizontally and positioned on pallets, slip sheets, or directly on the machine's turntable, where they are wrapped at speeds of four cycles/min.
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Microwavable pouch pushes sandwich fixin's

In October, Madison, WI-based Oscar Mayer, a division of Kraft Foods, began test marketing stand-up pouches for five varieties of its HotWiches(TM) Sandwich Makers in Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit.

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