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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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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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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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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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Dry soup maker stands up the envelope

In the dry soup category, packaging tends to be either printed or labeled cups or envelopes in a carton. Sahara Natural Foods, San Leandro, CA, has combined the advantages of both.
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TE tubes

Victor Tube (Pittsburgh, PA) has designed a tamper-evident closure for aluminum tubes used in pharmaceutical applications. It consists of a threaded plastic outsert, used for product compatibility and purity, with a tamper-evident foil seal.
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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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Intellectual packaging

Los Alamitos, CA-based produce manufacturer Frieda's is taking a new approach to marketing for its latest line of products. Grouped as foods that are indigenous to the Americas and traditionally prepared by Native Americans, Lost Crops of the Americas(TM) features exotic products such as red and blue cornmeal, fresh aloe vera, black quinoa and rattlesnake beans.
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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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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
Premier Plastics uses two labeling \"systems\" to apply front and side labels for two sizes of Mallards Food Products' ginger st
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Labelers stir fry a skillet of savings

California converter blow molds and labels containers for packer of ginger stir fry sauce sold at supermarkets and club stores. Set-up and operation video trains operators on labeler use.
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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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Slaking a thirst for real-time data

Ocean Spray's new Nevada plant just outside Las Vegas boasts the latest in on-line data acquisition and communications systems. Can/glass line is a good example.
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A Weiser design

When Weiser Lock introduced its Weiser Brilliance(TM) line of residential door hardware this Spring, the Tucson, AZ-based company wanted to make sure its new products wouldn't get lost on store shelves.
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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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Bulk packager

Polypack's (Largo, FL) Model FH32-40-CL shrink wraps pharmaceutical bottles in a variety of bulk configurations to eliminate the need for corrugated cases.
A robotic arm (top) dispenses liquid foam into the center of an outer corrugated shipper. An automated product placer, using ar
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Waterford's protection yields crystal clear benefits

By automating use of foam cushioning, Waterford Wedgwood protects $235 million worth of crystal and decorative ceramic pieces. Operational efficiency goes up, too.
This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.

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