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Tabletop foam-in-place

The Pro Packer is a new tabletop, foam-in-place package system from Insta-Foam (Joliet, IL). It can operate with the company's VPM20 or 900ic foam-in-place packaging systems, as well as other brands on the market.
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Can end remover

The Wizard® portable dechimers from Wizard Drum Tool (Wau-kesha, WI) remove top and bottom metal chimes from empty drums to allow fiber drum to lay flat for re-cycling at a later time.
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Lens tray is a software solution

Optical mirrors used in bar code scanners now move from fabrication to coating in PS trays designed with a big boost from a 3-D software package.
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Erect/pack/seal system

Durable Packaging (Booth 3365) will introduce its Erect/Pack/Seal System with bag-in-box feature. Suitable for packaging of bulk, powdered and medical products.
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Great Neck stretches for 'virtual packaging'

Hand tool manufacturer Great Neck Saw provides customers with digital color prints that vividly depict a package's on-the-shelf appearance-before the pack is created.
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Open/fill/seal system

The Pouchmaster ABS System(TM) from About Packaging Robotics (Boulder, CO) is a robotic open/fill/seal type pouch handling system that can process flat and reclosable zipper pouches as well as gusseted bags.
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Cartoning and sizing

Pack and Stack(TM) version 3.0 from Advanced Logistics Systems (Roche Harbor, WA) is software designed to size and palletize single-sized or bulk items.
Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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Pouch machine

The Totani three-side seal pouch machine from Amplas (Booth 1360) reaches speeds to 180 cycles/min and offers individually adjustable automatic tension control of the web.
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Bulk bag hoppers

Hapman Conveyors (Kalamazoo, MI) has introduced a new series of bulk bag unloading/conveying hoppers. They are equipped with an adjustable iris valve to control material flow, an access door for opening or closing of bags and a low-level sensor to automatically stop the conveyor.
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Flexible packager scheduling

Concord Businesss Systems (Marietta, GA) has developed scheduling software for flexible packaging converters. It can be used independently on a PC-based system and integrated with leading management software in specific industries.
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Small-character ink-jet printer

Foxjet's (Booth 1289) Quantum(TM) 8 small-character ink-jet printing system uses water-based and solvent-based ink, which is available in a variety of colors and prints on most substrates.
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Convinced container shape sells,Coke to change can's contours

The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
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Semi-automatic debagger

AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI) has introduced a new line of semi-automatic debaggers for emptying plastic bottles from bulk bags. The debagger can debag two bag/ min holding 108 1/2-gal bottles or 48 1-gal bottles.
With its software system, Bueno Foods can order more exact case sizes to efficiently fill individual units within each case. Exa
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Software proves "bueno" for Mexican food producer

Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.
Materials Product Brief
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Robotic tray and case packer

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Booth #709) will display the new high-speed horizontal and vertical robotic tray and case packing system. This machine picks up filled flat-bottom bags, cartons, and tubes, and places them into trays or cases at speeds to 15 cases/min.
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Blister/skin/shrink packaging

Sun Industries' (Booth #1432) Model M-816 Stretch Pak(TM) machine employs a unique combination of blister, skin and shrink technologies to create a line of high-quality carded packaging.

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