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For small runs of 500 bottles or fewer, a smaller vibratory counter is used since it provides fast, five-min changeover. It?s a
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Glaxo Wellcome counts its savings

An electronic tablet counter/filler for clinical trial drugs provides 15-min changeover, regardless of tablet size or shape.
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The graphical touchscreen interface allows an operator to request help and instructions on the various phases of the changeover
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Bass wraps up market flexibility

A highly flexible multipacker wraps 4-, 6- and 10-count bottles in paperboard to help Bass meet demands of disparate retail markets at home and abroad. Automatic servo-driven dimensional changeover takes 15 seconds.
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Bagging machine

Rovema's (Lawrenceville, GA) SBS/250 continuous-motion vertical form/fill/seal machines can produce the Stabilo Bag and Stabilo Box at speeds to 120/min.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
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Packagers gain price cuts for recycled materials

Buyers of recycled plastics are seeing easing of prices, except for HDPE. Recycled paper prices have precipitously dropped as European economies stagnate.
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HDPE films

Process modifications have improved the tear performance of Monax® Plus oriented HDPE films produced by Tredegar Industries (Richmond, VA). Traditional paper/poly/foil/poly pouches, product overwraps and stand-up pouches are examples of packaging that can benefit from these improved films.
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Break/peel/push blister security

A unique break/peel/push blister pack devised by Chicago-based G.D. Searle provides a heightened degree of child-resistance for its Covera-HS prescription medication, launched in June.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

U.S. Can Corp. (Oak Brook, IL) has agreed to purchase plastic pail producer CPI Plastics, Inc. (Newnan, GA) and two related companies, CP Illinois (Jerseyville, IL) and CP Ohio (Alliance, OH).
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Toothpaste in a pouch

Thanks to their minimal environmental impact compared to rigid containers, flexible pouches have made steady inroads in one product category after another.
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Mixing into the marketplace

Originally a producer of iced tea concentrate for foodservice, Beach Brew Beverage Co.'s first retail introduction comes in an attention-getting package: a die-cut pouch resembling a pitcher and containing a liquid iced tea concentrate.
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Powder and granular fillers

John R. Nalbach Engineering Co. (Countryside, IL) has released a brochure describing its Necoflo G4 family of powder and granular fillers. The Necoflo G4 Rotary High Speed Volumetric Filler handles rigid containers from 2" to-63/16" dia at speeds from 140 to 480 cpm.
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Void fill

EcoPak® is a void fill packing material from Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) made of 100% kraft paper. Because of its interlocking design, users need 10 to 15% less EcoPak than other loose-fill materials, says the company.
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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
A stepper-driven corner labeler (above) uses a pneumatic tamping mechanism to apply a preprinted bar-code label that?s rolled ar
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A reusable case for automation

New equipment at Herr Foods is among the first that erects, packs and seals tough-to-handle corrugated cases that are reused up to five times.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 registration: ITW Angleboard's (Glenview, IL) Loveland, OH, plant; Jefferson Smurfit's (St. Louis, MO) Corona, CA, Boston, MA, and Shelby, NC, container plants, as well as its Ft.
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Volumetric pump

The T-94 5-gal double acting pump from Thiele Eng. (Minneapolis, MN) is one of the first specifically designed to fill 5-gal and 3-gal pails of paint or similar product in a single cycle.
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Recycled HDPE pellets

Recycle (S. Plainfield, NJ) has developed a system which can turn HDPE chips accumulated from destroyed drums into clean, high-quality recycled resin pellets.
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Foam-in-bag system

Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has introduced a low-density top-fill packaging foam that expands to 200 times its original liquid volume to hold products in place within a shipper.

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