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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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Materials Product Brief
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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.
News
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Meridian shifts again

Sales are up for Meridian Clear, a noncarbonated, flavored spring water introduced in late 1993. So far up that Atlanta, GA-based Meridian Beverage Co.
Feature Article
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
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Sheet-fed press proves it's game for Chicago converter

Sheet-fed offset press with in-line aqueous coating helps Moss Printing enhance efficiency, reduce labor costs and pursue additional business. A contract packer of a popular board game carton is among the first Moss customers to benefit.
Supplier News
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Roller coaster ride for recycled plastics, paper markets

As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
Materials Product Brief
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Corrugated laminate

FineFlute from F.N. Burt (Buffalo, NY) consists of single face corrugated, comparable to an E or F flute, with a high-quality offset-printed paperboard laminate.
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Andes Candies does the twist

By October 1, Delavan, WI-based Andes Candies will begin shipping two seasonal "crystal twist packs," one containing a red silk rose and candy wrapped in red foil for Valentine's Day; the other a silk tulip with assorted color wraps for Easter.
Materials Product Brief
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Dispensing closure/tube

A dispensing closure and squeeze tube combination is now available from J.L. Clark (Rockford, IL) and Tubed Products (Easthampton, MA). The SST tube/cap features a one-piece, smooth-wall, PP closure that matches the tube's head finish exactly.
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Self-palletized systems

The Wolf-Pak line of low-cost self-palletized shipping systems from Trienda (Portage, WI) are designed to replace single-use bulk containers. They consist of interlocking nestable plastic pallets, which can be used several hundred times, and triple-wall corrugated sleeves that can be used up to 20 times.
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Tri-layer oval

Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tona-wanda, NY) has reintroduced its 4-oz Silique oval for personal care products and soaps or waxes. The tri-layer tube consists of a layer of HDPE surrounded by a layer of LDPE on each side for improved barrier and product flow.
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Flexible screw conveyor

The Helix(TM) flexible screw conveyor from Hapman Conveyors (Kalamazoo, MI) extracts material from a bulk bag unloading station and conveys it to a volumetric feeder.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) has purchased the Pontcharra manufacturing location of Sofratube, a subsidiary of the Rochette Group.
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Pump packages

Aro Fluid Products (Bryan, OH) has introduced a line of preassembled pump packages for most fluid applications, including spray coatings, adhesive applications, heavy material supply/extrusion, and bulk/tote tank supply.
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Four-cell IBC

MacMillan Bloedel Bulk Packaging (Marietta, GA) has introduced a new version of its SpaceKraft eight-wall corrugated IBC for semi-bulk shipments of nonhazardous materials.

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