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FlexLink Systems Co. (Bethlehem, PA) has released a 40-min video for materials handling professionals that addresses design and production questions.
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Materials Product Brief
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In-line screw cappers

Two new in-line screw capping machines from The New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) have received USDA listings for food packaging operations. Designed for medium-speed applications, the NRC-30-HES-MP can apply caps at speeds to 150 containers/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Anti-stat conveyor for f/f/s

Easy-to-operate vertical form/ fill/seal machines from KEY-PAK Machines (Lebanon, NJ) have anti-static exit conveyors to permit the passage and safe grounding of static electrical charges created by sliding surfaces in the packaging of foods and beverages in metallized plastic film.
Materials Product Brief
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Custom chemical labels

Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) offers p-s label stock for chemical labeling applications such as drum identification. Labels can be customized to withstand most environments, or given a UV-resistant coating to meet OSHA regulations.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has granted Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) sole rights to produce the new Sumitomo Poucher(TM) for liquids on Klockner's new horizontal form/fill/seal machinery.
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Two-piece D&I cans for aerosols

Beverage packers have enjoyed the benefits of lightweight D&I two-piece cans for years. This company is out to prove that aerosol cans can be similarly fashioned.
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Del Monte Italy tries new aseptic concept

Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
Materials Product Brief
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Polystyrene loosefill

Free-Flow Packaging (Redwood City, CA) has introduced Flo-Pak Super 8(TM), designed for heavy items requiring a sturdier loosefill. It's made of 100% waste PS, including 35% PCR content.
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New bottle adds nice touch

With the March restaging of its Ice Cap(TM) line, hair care product manufacturer Graham-Webb Intl., Plymouth, MN, became one of the first users of VelvaSoft(TM) packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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Cushioning foam

PolyPlank Ultra® is a high-performance, fine cell extruded PE foam from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY) that provides good cushioning and surface protection.
Materials Product Brief
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Laser coders

Lumonics Corp. (Oxnard, CA) has released a new four-page illustrated brochure that describes the Lumonics/Oxnard Operations new LaserMark® 950 SSM and 960 SSM laser marking systems equipped with the company's latest development-the revolutionary Solid State Modulator (SSM).
Materials Product Brief
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Plastic drums for citrus

The N55 is the first nestable plastic drum designed for use in the transport of citrus juices, says manufacturer U.S. Coexcell (Maumee, OH). This 55-gal HDPE drum is conically shaped and has a fully removable plastic cover and metal lockband.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
Controls Product Brief
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Motorized conveyor pulley

The Sparks/Dura-Drive(TM) 4.5" dia motorized pulley provides a 62% increase in radial load weight for belt conveyor systems, says manufacturer Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI).
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LDPE drum liner

ValuLiner® VLN from New England Plastics (Woburn, MA) is a 15-mil, smooth-sided, 55-gal LDPE drum liner that folds flat and nests for easy storage, but shakes open to install inside drums without pushing or tugging.
At each of the five net weigh fillers, product flows from vibratory feeders (right) into the weigh bucket. The filler in the abo
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Blue Diamond shines with new case handling system

From case setup to case taping, corrugated cases are automatically guided through a "smart" handling system, part of which is hoisted out of the way when 1겨-lb totes are running.
Cushioned by inner and outer double-wall corrugated boxes separated by polyethylene foam pads, fully set up POS terminals provi
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No assembly required for IBM terminals

Defying traditional notions of protective packaging, IBM ships an all-in-one pack for preconfigured point-of-sale computer terminals. Customers no longer receive separately boxed components, escaping baffling product setup.
Each arm of the packer (right) includes a set of white finger guides for positioning and a black lowering head that picks up
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Continuous-motion packer speeds up Coke hot-fill line

A new type of continuous-motion bottle packer boosts output of Chattanooga hot-fill line. Simple design cuts maintenance and changeover.

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