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Honeycomb dispensing system

Flextra Matic On-Line® is a new dispensing system for Astro-Valcour's (Glens Falls, NY) Flextra honeycomb cushioning system. Designed for high-volume lines, the system offers nine product options (up to three plies with or without top and/or bottom sheets).
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Net weight filling machine

The SP Filler net weight filling machines from Lakewood Manufacturing (Holland, MI) are designed for bulk filling of loose, flowing product such as dried fruit, confectionery items and pet treats into boxes, bags and other containers.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

The Plastic Loose Fill Council (Oakland, CA) won the Direct Marketing Assn.'s "Best New Entry" Robert Rodale Environmental Achievement Award for its efforts in the reducing, reusing and recycling of EPS packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Loose fill

Made from 100% cornstarch by American Excelsior (Arlington, TX), Eco-Foam® SD is a loose-fill packaging material for both cushioning and void-fill applications.
Supplier News
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Engineers paid well to handle changes (sidebar)

Do companies increasingly push individuals' limits?
Materials Product Brief
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Vacuum de-aerator

Model 720/730 horizonal de-aerator can increase the bulk density of fluidized powders up to 200%, says manufacturer B.A.G. (Dallas, TX). This helps to reduce freight costs while improving product stability during transit.
Materials Product Brief
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Tube filler

The new TFS 10 is a low- to mid-volume tube filler from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) designed to meet the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and other small-run pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturers.
Materials Product Brief
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Custom capper

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) now offers a capper designed to place snap-on caps on stick-up air fresheners. Uses a vibratory feed bowl and feed track to reach speeds to 150 caps/min.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) has expanded into Brazil by joining forces with For-Plas (Araras, Brazil), a supplier of peel-off metal ends and plastic components, to form Sonoco For-Plas.
Controls Product Brief
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Linear unscrambler

Model NOL linear unscrambler is New England Machinery's (Bradenton, FL) newest design for delivering rigid plastic conveyors from random bulk supply to continuous-motion conveyors at speeds to 650 containers/min, depending on container size.
Materials Product Brief
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Bosch Packaging Technology: Band sealer

The CBS-D from Doboy (New Richmond, WI) is a continuous band sealer that works with most tube-style or gussetted pre-made bags. It operates at speeds to 750"/min, depending on film gauge.
Feature Article
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EAS: ending the state of confusion

What's the difference between smart tags and source tags?
At the machine1s infeed, bottles are first handed off to the 16-valve fill-to-level filler (above). Platforms elevate each bott
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Monoblock propels Skyy into new markets

Filler/capper monoblock machine for miniature bottles of spirits enables Frank-Lin Distillers to permit customers like Skyy Spirits to enter the mini market on the West Coast.
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Nestlé 'Flipz' for new bag

Nestlé Chocolate & Confections, a division of Glendale, CA-based Nestlé U.S.A., introduced Pretzel Flipz(TM) nationwide in August in the Stabilo Bag® from Rovema (Lawrenceville, GA).
As a case nears the print-and-apply labeling system, it passes between two 3towers2 that form a 100-watt light 3curtain2. As
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks

Computer peripheral maker/distributor Bay Networks doubles throughput at its Sunnyvale, CA, distribution center with an automated print-and-apply labeling system and networked computer software systems.
Materials Product Brief
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Horizontal f/f/s system

The Autopouch is Action Packaging Automation's (Roosevelt, NJ) new low-profile horizontal form/fill/seal system. It uses rollstock made from a variety of materials to produce filled pouches in sizes up to 18" x 30" at speeds to 40/min.
By squeezing a scissors valve on a downspout, an operator releases loose fill into a shippper. 3Com products (inset) are surrou
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3Com relies on 'greener' loose fill

A leading manufacturer of routers, hubs, switches, modems, and other computer networking devices, 3Com Corp. has a strong record of responsible environmental leadership.
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Packaging revolution IS changing everything

"This changes everything." That line, taken from a recent crop of Chrysler ads, would have us believe the company's doing something revolutionary in its field.

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