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The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
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Eight-legged IBC

Clawson Container (Clarkston, MI) has developed a new PE IBC called the SpiderTank that has eight legs for increased stackability and reduced stress to the bottle.
HP?s delicate printhead replacement assembly is immobilized beneath the flexible urethane film that?s spot-glued at the edges to
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Retention pack cuts costs for HP

At Hewlett-Packard's Roseville, CA, parts distribution facility, a relatively new form of protective packaging has slashed packaging material costs by half, warehouse space requirements by two-thirds and packaging assembly time by 75%.
An operator applies an updated price code to a package by sending it past an ink-jet coder.
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What price flexibility?

Mexican pharmaceuticals maker Byk Gulden relies on ink-jet coding to react faster when economic conditions require price changes to already-marked packages.
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Stainless steel dumper

Material Transfer & Storage (Allegan, MI) has introduced a hydraulically operated stainless steel drum dumper. It's designed to lift drums of powder or dry material and then rotate and pour drum contents into filling, food processing or other equipment.
As soon as the operator begins wrapping a product with a kraft paper cushioning pad, the converting machine is ready with anothe
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Glassmaker converts paper into savings

Kraft cushioning drops material costs by 60% and speeds throughput for manufacturer of delicate glass lamps and vases.
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Worth its weight in crystal

It's no coincidence that Donna Karan's new Chaos perfume "purser" looks like a work of art. Resembling an uncut crystal, the uniquely shaped sprayer was designed by sculptor Stephan Weiss, husband of Donna Karan.
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Bulk bagger

Model B-1600 bulk bagger from JMC Packaging Equipment (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) is designed for free-flowing or granular products. It places them into 16- to 40-lb bags at speeds to 18 bags/min, depending on volume and product flowability.
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Promo employs unusual clamshell

"The pitcher was initially developed for an on-premise bar-kit promotion. Only later, after the pitcher was designed, did we decide to do an off-premise promo with it." That's how Karen Kurylo, packaging manager at Southfield, MI-based Hiram Walker & Sons, describes the origins of an unusual clamshell package used for 750-mL bottles of Kahlua liqueur.
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Matrix finds 'suede' takes special handling (sidebar)

Additional winners include:
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Chairman of the printed board (sidebar)

Corrugated imitates plywood
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Blister thermoformer

The Bosch TLT 1400 is a new blister thermoforming system from TL Systems (Minneapolis, MN) that uses a PLC to control servo motors rather than a mechanical drive.
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Blister forming/cartoning

The Compacker 1200-Pacliner 3000 (CP1200-P3000) from Klockner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) is designed for high-production blister packaging operations requiring no-tool changeover.
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Bulk bag seminar

The B.A.G. Corp. (Dallas, TX) is sponsoring a free flexible intermediate bulk container seminar June 23-25 in Dallas, TX. Some topics covered are: UN and DOT regulations, buyers beware, static issues, filling and discharging, safety, and reconditioning.
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Iron supplement regs

An informative packet from Hueck Foils (Manasquan, NJ) is designed to help manufacturers of iron-containing supplements comply with the new FDA regulations that require unit-dose packaging to prevent accidental ingestion by children.
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Glass bottle

The 375-mL Tuscan is a new glass bottle from Caliber Packaging (Cerritos, CA) designed for wine and pourable foods. It has a 28-mm bar top finish and can be packed into 12-pack reshipper cartons, or into bulk layers upon special request.
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Sara Lee launches MAP-packed Bragels

Modified atmosphere packaging that gives filled bagels a seven-day non-refrigerated shelf life may provide another reason why nobody doesn't like Chicago-based Sara Lee®.
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HDPE open-head drum

Sonoco's (Hartsville, SC) new 55-gal open-head HDPE drum is designed for overseas shipments of liquid and solid food products, including citrus juices.

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