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Cornstarch bottling from scratch and on a budget

 A new line at ACH Food Co. relies on rebuilt machinery.
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Industry watch

 
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Five join Hall of Fame

Induction for Goodman, Lowery, Allen, Miyares, Nord, and Schueneman set for Pack Expo Intl.
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Industry watch

CompaniesFKI Logistex opened a new 31,000 sq’ Technology & Education Center in Cincinnati, OH,  
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Industry Watch

CompaniesNorwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems announced the formation of a distributor agreement between ITW Ltd.  and Allen Codiergeräte GmbH. The agreement gives the ITW companies exclusive rights to distribute the coding and marking equipment designed and manufactured by Germany-based Allen Codiergeräte to all the regions of the world not served by Allen Codiergeräte.
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COMPANIES Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Intl. Inc. have merged to form Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., creating a provider of products and services in the high-growth life, laboratory, and health sciences industry.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES:Hassia USA combined all of its sales and service organizations under the new corporate name, IWKA Packaging USA.
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Case erector

PACK EXPO : Pearson Packaging Systems is showing its new Model R350 Case Erector at Pack Expo Las Vegas.
Nancy Cobb, who wrote the course book now used for the two-day Certified Trainer Program, stands surrounded by a few of her stud
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Training to train

PMMI’s Certified Trainer Program has evolved into a solid two-day course in which packaging machinery OEMs and their customers are finding real value.
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Web Plus: Timely transactions

For customers, Nordson Corporation’s www.enordson.com Web site offers a lot of convenience, according to Mary Anhalt of Sargento Foods, Plymouth, WI.
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More Plug-and-Pack at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Machine builders and packagers buy into the Plug-and-Pack vision of "best practices" automation guidelines for maximum business benefit.
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People

Harold Bevis (above) was named president and CEO of Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL).
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People

Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) appointed Edward Lapekas interim CEO.
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Cartoner speeds changeover

Third-generation, semi-automatic vertical cartoner relies on servo technology to quicken changeover and permit wide size ranges.
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Achievements

Nine of ExxonMobil’s (Houston, TX) facilities have been recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program for excellent safety performance.
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Glue-applied labeling system

A rotary-style labeler for glue-applied, wraparound labels has a hot melt applicator that delivers adhesive to two separate guns, one at the label pick-up and one at the lap seam station.
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People

Elected to four-year terms on the Board of Directors at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute are (from left) John Raterman, vice president North American sales at Nordson Corp.; Glenn Siegele, president of Omega Design Corp.; Randy Spahr, vice president of Packaging Machines Intl.; and Andrew Zucaro, president of Azco Corp.
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Case erector/bottom sealer

SWF Companies (Altamonte Springs, FL) has redesigned the CE 151 high-speed, automatic case erector/bottom flap sealer. Reaching speeds to 45 cases/min, the CE 151’s standard features include a Nordson hot melt system, easy load hopper, and multiple case size capabilities.
New PMMI Borad of Directors: Raterman, Siegele, Spahr, and Zucaro. (Left to right)
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PMMI announces 2003 board additions & executive officers

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Arlington, VA, announced four new Board of Director appointments and its executive committee for 2003.
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High-speed case erector

SWF Companies (Reedley, CA) has redesigned the CE 151 high-speed, automatic case erector/bottom flap sealer. Reaching speeds up to 45 cases/min, the CE 151’s standard features include a Nordson hot melt system, easy load hopper, and multiple case size capabilities.
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People

–Impaxx (Vernon, CA) appointed Kenneth Phillips as vp and chief financial officer, and Thomas Soper III as vp, chief growth officer.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
Dr. David Armstrong of FDA addresses the conference, while Dr. Peter Slade (center) and Dr. Chuck Sizer look on.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
Judy Fischer (left), senior packaging engineer for Sargento Foods, answers a question while Juli Okal of 3M Co. awaits her turn.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Industry watch: Companies

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has signed a definitive agreement with Danaher Corp. (Washington, D.C.) where Danaher will purchase Marconi Data Systems for $400 million USD.
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PMMI's 'train the trainer' program gets the boost from test (sidebar)

Machine training sessions scheduled
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Achievements

Moen Industries recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house and bar-b-que celebration. —Greif Bros. Corp. (Delaware, OH) has struck a global supply agreement with The Dow Chemical Co.
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Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH): James W. Messerly, vp, corp. research and technology; John C. Dillon, managing dir., UV-curing business; Chuck Waychoff, mgr., sales, PPC business unit.
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Appointments, promotions

—Hammer Lithograph (Rochester, NY): Hart Swisher, dir., innovation and technology; Andy Beach, mgr., technical services.
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Pac-Ex 2001 set to roll

This biennial north-of-the-border packaging show, built on a successful formula, offers some new features for the new millennium.
Jack Mazur (left) and Matt Brennecke, both regional sales managers of All-Fill, Inc. (Exton, PA), have received "Salesman of the
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Appointments, promotions

—FoxJet (Arlington, TX): Jim Barbone, gen. mgr.
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Appointments, promotions

SIG Combibloc Inc. (Columbus, OH): Terry V. Derrico, president, CEO. Gulf States Paper Corp. (Tuscaloosa, AL): Michael E.
At the end of the new line, a thermal-transfer print-and-apply tamp labeler applies a label with product identification and othe
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Siemens solidifies growth with packaging investment

Packaging of hot-selling cordless phones is being automated at Siemens’ Austin, TX, manufacturing facility. Labor costs are reduced and appearance improved significantly.
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Appointments, promotions

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC): Harris E. DeLoach, Jr., COO.
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Pac-Ex 2001 exhibition sets dates

Show will take place May 15-17, 2001, at the Toronto Intl. Centre.
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Packaging controls standards group formed

The movement toward standardizing motion controls for packaging machinery took a small but critical step forward in early February. An official working group for standardizing on motion controls in packaging machinery was created at the recent Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) end user meeting held in Orlando, FL.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Videojet Systems Intl., Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) has changed its name to Marconi Data Systems Inc. The name change supports the recent rebranding of Videojet’s parent group from GEC to Marconi plc.—Power Packaging (St.
As cartons are lifted up into the corrugated case, a loading tube  keeps carton edges from catching on the edges of the case,  t
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Tasty Baking takes a bite of automation

Automated packaging lines have transformed the sixth floor at thelegendary Philadelphia bakery. Flowrappers, cartoners and case packers take center stage in the new lines.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH) has completed the purchase of VeriTec(TM) Technologies, Inc. (Fairfield, NJ).
Set-up cartons convey in two lanes (above and inset) from left to right past a control panel toward the auger filling system (a
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Filling in a Jiffy

Chelsea Milling's new dual-lane auger filling system produces 20 boxes/min more than the filler it replaced while cutting in half the amount of giveaway of Jiffy baking mix.
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Erler ponders what lies ahead

Fred Erler, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Assn. and vice president of Nordson Corp., delivered a November 11 Eye-Opener Breakfast Session at PMMI's Pack Expo 98 and told his audience that "three new realities" will predominate as we enter the 21st century: globalization, personalized packaging and flexibility.
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Packagers reach for new technology at Pack Expo

Pack Expo displays the technology of the future at McCormick Place, November 8 to 12. Together with the International Exposition for Food Processors, attendees will roam 1.2 million sq' of exhibits, making it the largest North American packaging show ever.
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Adhesives help Chelsea Milling stick to quality

Two hot melts and one cold-glue adhesive are instrumental in allowing this Michigan miller to package more than a million cartons every day. Bundling and tray packing have been upgraded, too, and ink-jet printing of corrugated shippers is a big improvement.
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Tray packer shrinks changeover time

Tray packing/shrink wrapping line for canned vegetables provides 55-tray/min speeds along with fast, no-tool changeover for Furman Foods.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Amherst, OH): John Dillon, gen. mgr., Container Systems Group.
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PMMI expects really big show

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) says Pack Expo 98, November 8-12 in Chicago, will be a record setter. On April 30, exhibit space stood at 1걗꼬 net sq'.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH): Mark G. Gacka, corporate vp.
Rhino Foods is relying on artwork by a prominent Vermont artist to help its Chessters frozen cookie sandwiches cut through the
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Carton takes Chessters to supermarket freezers

Rhino Foods of Burlington, VT, had a nice little business going with Chessters, a frozen chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich named after a Chesapeake Bay retriever.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson (Amherst, OH): David Mancuso, vp, Powder Systems Group; Ernest J. Fena, general mgr., Liquid Systems Group.
A combination of hot melt and cold glue placement helps maintain seal integrity on citrus cases (above). Harley Nuckels (lef
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The Sunkist seal of approval

Open cases were a hassle for Sunkist Growers affiliate Baird-Neece Packing Corp. A dual hot and cold glue system solves the problem, and increases output.
At the eject station of the blister sealing machine, three vacuum pick-up arms place finished packages blister-side down  in the
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Eclectic 'sticks' with sealers

A brand new blister packager tied into an automatic collating and case packing system lets this adhesives manufacturer keep up with fast-growing sales.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH) has purchased both Applied Curing Technology, Inc. (Norwalk, OH) and Applied Curing Technology, Ltd. (Malvern Link, Worchestershire, U.K.).
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH): Edward P. Campbell, CEO. He also remains president; John E. Jackson, sr vp for all U.S.-based product development, manufacturing and marketing for adhesive dispensing systems; John M.
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PMMI golf tourney scores big

Presented by Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Packaging World, The Freeman Cos., and Nordson Corp., the October 12 fundraising golf tournament in Henderson, NV, raised $50ꯠ for PMMI's Education & Training Foundation.
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Supplier news: Achievements

PMMI has elected its 1998 officers: Fred C. Erler (Nordson Corp.), chairman; Robert S. Potdevin (Potdevin Machine Co.), vice chairman; Rich Kalich (Imtec, Inc.), secretary-treasurer; Barry W.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Amherst, OH): Robert Zajac, gen. mgr. of subsidiary Mountaingate Eng., Inc. (Campbell, CA).
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Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH): Edward P. Campbell will replace William P. Madar as CEO and retain the position of president in October 1997.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH) opened North American headquarters for its Spectral Technology Group in Amherst, OH.
Figure 3 shows the basic operation of the entire case packing system, from multipack infeed to downstacking to case erecting to
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Case packer solves tissue issue

Unusual case packer at Georgia-Pacifics Bellingham plant employs an infeed laning system and a rotating bucket to load various prewrapped multipacks of bathroom tissue into corrugated cases.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Barry Shoulders of BWI Kartridg Pak (Davenport, IA), chairman of the '97 executive committee; other committee members include Fred Erler of Nordson Corp.
Mechanical grippers mounted on a continuously moving chain pick the reclosable pour spouts from an infeed chute and, after runni
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first (sidebar)

In-line applicator's a first
Hot melt adhesive is applied to thetrailing edge of labels as they?re applied to jars
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Seaforth puts label on versatility

Upgrade of a hot melt system results in improved labeling for private label manufacturer Seaforth.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Duluth, GA): John M. Raterman, vp, North American div.
The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
Mission has teamed up with produce marketer Tanimura & Antle to sell avocados in 2-count bags with high-impact graphics
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Mission's on a MissionRIPE mission

A California firm recently installed the first automatic set-up and sealing system for an unusual MAP produce shipper. It provides a three-week refrigerated shelf life for ripe avocados, allowing nationwide distribution.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH) has purchased the shares of Spectral Technology Group Ltd. (Slough, England).
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METPACK to 'shape' can packaging

Bigger and more important than three years ago, the Essen, Germany, trade fair includes 150 exhibitors and a full conference program, right before interpack 96.
Bars discharge from the wrapper six at a time, with three continuing on one right-angled conveyor (above), three on another. Aft
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'Floating pocket' cartoner speeds ice cream novelty output

Ice cream novelty processing/packaging line helps Ingman Foods expand its product offerings in Finland.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
In additional to single cartons, PFI produces overwrapped multipacks consisting of two to six cartons. The cartoner will also i
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Targeting a convertible cartoner

Private label OTC drug maker adds a cartoner designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry, handling both glue and tuck-style cartons.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Duluth, GA): Peter Bierhuis, dir. of mktg.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Amherst, OH): Fred C. Erler, mgr. of the Converting Business group.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 registration: Liquid Carbonic's Geismar, LA; Belle, WV; Pekin, IL; Canton, OH; Irwindale, CA; and San Carlos, CA, locations; Nordson Corp.
Pouches exit the rotary filling turret and are drawn through a top-sealing device
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Pouch production soars at Goya division

A continuous-motion pouch-packaging operation at Packaging Ltd. is nearly 200% faster and 70% more accurate than the intermittent-motion system it replaced.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Duluth, GA): David L. Whittenton, product line mgr., packaging and product assembly group.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Duluth, GA): Gail H. Leonard, domestic customer service center mgr.