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Packaging machinery OEMs and buyers of packaging machinery talk turkey at Ipack-Ima

Presented in conjunction with Ipack-Ima, the Italian packaging show just held February 14-18 in Milan, was a half-day event called Global Packaging Managers & Equipment Suppliers Forum.
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Companies

Leister Process Technologies, Sarnen, Switzerland, formed a new master distribution network for the United States. The U.S. market will be serviced by the following factory-trained sales and service centers: Assembly Supplies Co., western region; Heely-Brown Co., southeast region; Hy-Tech Products, midwest; and Malcom Co., northeast region.
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Pallet conveying tip

Don't assume that you are conveying a standard pallet—here are two key questions to consider.
As seen at Pro Mach's booth during Pack Expo Las Vegas, the highly
automated U-shaped line that will be installed at Fleetguard
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Pro Mach's integrated solution

PACK EXPO : Pro Mach's position as one of the largest single-source providers of packaging solutions in North America was emphasized at a press conference on Tuesday, September 27 at Pack Expo Las Vegas (PELV) that also previewed a new installation that leverages Pro Mach's integrated capability.
Shown here are the four-station conveyor pallets emerging from the shrink tunnel. Each station holds three shrink-sleeved balls.
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An automation hole in one

Wilson Sporting Goods puts golf balls in shrink sleeves three times faster since installing conveyorized system that now runs smoothly 24/7.
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RFID tagging

Part of Accu-Sort's suite of Flexible Automation Solution Tools, FAST Tag is a turnkey automated solution for placing, tracking, and verifying RFID tags on cartons and pallets.
Servo labeler from P.E. uses ELAU servos for bottle plate rotation.
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Drinktec preview: what's new in labelers?

A number of new servo labelers take center stage at the big drinktec beverage manufacturing show, September 12-17, Munich, Germany.
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Packaging Hall of Fame commission members announced

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute selected ten packaging professionals to sit on the Packaging Hall of Fame Commission.
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Wal-Mart strikes again

Machinery OEMs who supply the equipment now automating the packaging lines that funnel product to Wal-Mart shelves take note: It’s unlikely your job is going to get any easier any time soon.
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MSU assesses readability problems

As research at Michigan State University shows, frequency, distances and angles, type of tag, location and orientation, influences of moisture and metals, and pallet patterns all play a part in readability.
IWK's new 600 bpm BP Series blister machines complement a full line of primary and secondary packaging machinery.
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IWK launches blister machines

IWKA PacSystems offers the first of a new series of IWK blister packing machines, the advanced BP Series, which are automated with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system.
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Sentry Equipment's new family of case, tray and shrink wrapping machinery is extremely modular. Shown here are integrated tray f
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Sentry: first with all OMAC Guidelines

Sentry’s new family of tray, pad, case packing and film overwrapping machines is the first designed in the US around the OMAC Packaging Guidelines
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The star of IWKA PacSystem's June 16-17 open house, IWK's new 600 bpm BP Series blister machines complement a full line of prima
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IWK launches blister machines

At its June 16-17 open house, IWK PacSystems will demonstrate the first of a new series of IWK blister packing machines, the advanced BP Series, which are automated with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system.
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Terrorism concerns infiltrate packaging

New homeland security program sends packagers scurrying for protective and tracking technologies.
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Tempers hot over COOL

The United States’ House and Senate are at odds over whether to cancel country-of-origin labeling for red meat. Meanwhile, big packaging changes are in store for produce marketers.
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Food Safety & the Role of X-Ray Inspection

There are any number of reasons you may be considering X-ray inspection for your product.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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People

Max Garcia has been hired as a field service technician based in Mexico City, Mexico, for Multivac (Kansas City, MO). Bob Koch has been named director of sales, food div.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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Distributors remain big factor in purchases

Exclusive reader survey reveals packaging distributors continue to influence a high percentage of materials and machinery purchases.
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PMMI's 'train the trainer' program gets the boost from test (sidebar)

Machine training sessions scheduled
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

NPSG (Mt. Pleasant, SC) has acquired Interstate Packaging, Inc. (Albert Lea, MN) and General Corrugated Mfg. (New Orleans, LA).
Two views of a blow-molding station show a finished amber container just before discharge (left) and a preform that's just enter
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New technology spurs Cremora launch in PET

An injection-molder occupies minimal floor space yet maximizes preform output, while a first-of-its-kind blow molder orients preforms in the mold.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Dorner Mfg. (Hartland, WI) has announced the formation of two separate divisions. The company will manufacture and market its complete line of low-profile conveyors through its new Standard Products Div., while the new Systems Div.
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Equipment brews benefits for Anheuser-Busch

From depalletizing to shipping, nearly identical packaging equipment on two new lines boosts efficiency at the brewer's Houston, TX, plant.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

HK Systems, Inc. (New Berlin, WI): Thomas B. Mann, vp, sales and mktg., Unit Handling Systems Business Unit.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

RPMI Handling Systems (Mason, OH): Michael R. Hillerich, president.
Mounted to the side ofconveyors are plastic-housed Powered Roller Interface Modules (PRIMs). Each PRIM controls four conveyor ?
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USPS ups efficiency with 'smart' conveyor controls

Powered rollers and photoelectric sensors are networked by computer throughout 11ꯠ' of retrofitted conveyor used to direct mail within the U.S. Postal Service's Carol Stream, IL, facility. Noise levels, maintenance costs and electrical consumption are all reduced.
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Supplier news: International agreements

MAXX Material Handling, LLC. (Hampton, VA) will represent Gramac Handling Systems, Ltd.'s (Hoddesdon, England) power belt turns in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

HK Systems, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) has acquired the Material Handling Systems division and VantageWare Software subsidiary of Western Atlas Inc. (Hebron, KY).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

HK Systems, Inc. (New Berlin, WI) acquired the Material Handling Systems Div. and VantageWare Software Subsidiary of Western Atlas Inc. (Hebron, KY).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Western Atlas (Hebron, KY): Ronald Fredrick, mgr., Material Handling Systems Div.
One key to wrapping six somewhat unstable lightweight bottles is a movable bridge that transports the bottle group as they?
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Chesebrough 'raves' about new bundler

Dual-lane shrink bundler for six-packs of Rave hairspray allows plant to run line at 200+ bpm, and higher speeds are being considered. New handling features cut downtime.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Western Atlas, Inc. (Hebron, KY): Randy Bender, dir. of distribution and intl. sales for material handling systems div.
Steel-banded bales of separated recyclables are brought to this staging area prior to shipment to users of these recovered mater
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Waste not, want more

Laidlaw automates sorting of post-consumer recyclables at its Schaumburg, IL, material recovery facility. First-of-its-kind system separates plastics into four categories.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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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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Steel eyes the aluminum beverage can market

This year speculation around the world says that steel may regain an appreciable part of the beverage can market it lost to aluminum-thanks to steel's favorable costs. European trend may presage a similar shift in the U.S. in the next few years.
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Transpack 95 packs a punch

Symposium on transport packaging focuses on the increasing sophistication of this aspect of packaging. Hazardous material shipments top a host of regulatory concerns.