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COMPANIES:Hassia USA combined all of its sales and service organizations under the new corporate name, IWKA Packaging USA.
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Companies:Payne has established a second print operation at its plant in Richmond, VA.
Douglas Bengtson
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ISO Poly Films, Inc. announced key organizational changes to support its growth efforts. Douglas Bengtson joined ISO as vp of sales; Don Tesner, CPA, as CFO; and Charles Lee, PE, as plant engineer.
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John Carlson was appointed director of engineering for MGS Machine Corp.
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Integrated system

PACK EXPO : Rovema displayed its systems integrator capabilities at Pack Expo Las Vegas by demonstrating a fully integrated vf/f/s stainless-steel packaging line.
This monobloc filler/capper, dedicated to 4-L steel cans, has enabled ARC-Diversified to meet a spike in demand for its edible o
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ARC upgrades in oil and powder

This supplier to a number of U.S. government feeding programs keeps current where packaging machinery and controls technology are concerned.See video
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Kuka Robotics appointed Joseph Campbell director of strategic alliances for North America and Timothy Arndorfer southwest region account manager.
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Continuous motion vf/fs machine

PACK EXPO ; Rovema offered the VPL-400, its latest generation of continuous motion vf/f/s machines at Pack Expo 2004. Linear motor drive technology works on the principle of the magnetic train.
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Ahead of the Pack

Rovema will feature a full line-up of its Total Packaging Systems during Pack Expo 2004, Booth N-4218.
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Rovema Packaging Machines appointed Resolutions Technologies Corp. as its Western Canada agent.
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Intermittent-motion vertical bagger

Rovema Packaging Machines launched its redesigned Volksbagger® intermittent-motion vertical bagger. Bagger comes at a fraction of the cost of its previous model, company says.
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Jerry Welcome (above) was named president of the Intl. Fresh-cut Produce Assn. Welcome most recently served as vice president, member services, for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Rovema restructures

Rovema Packaging Machines recently made some changes to its sales and customer service departments.
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Pechiney Plastic Packaging (Chicago, IL) hired Scott Lamerand (above) as product manager for food flexible packaging.
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Loading and filling module

Universal Loading and Filling Module ULF features both top- and side-loading of pillow-style bags into RSCs. Suitable for companies requiring different case packing styles and configurations.
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Affordable vf/f/s machine

Rovema displayed for the first time at PackExpo 2002 a new line of economical baggers. The intermittent-motion Model VPI-260 E is built for a heat seal execution for the production of pillow style bags.
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Automatic splicing

Rovema (Lawrenceville, GA) introduces automatic film splicing for its f/f/s equipment. The automatic splicer can be integrated with the film carriage of Rovema’s new intermittent or continuous motion v/f/f/s machines, or retrofitted on existing equipment.
Planters' "tubed" peanuts are sold at retail in colorful display cartons (above). Photo below left shows the carton infeed stati
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Planters picks a packing line

Consumers are clearly fond of single-serve “tubes” of Planters nuts. An automated packaging line helps keep the nationwide pipeline full.
Two end-user executive committee members are Daniel J. Amundson, technology leader, corporate engineering technologies at Procte
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Progress on standards

On a gray day in mid-March, engineers from eight packaging end users, 21 machinery builders and 12 controls suppliers filed into a conference room in a downtown Chicago skyscraper.
Keith Campbell (left), director of automation and integration for Hershey Foods, led the meeting.
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OMAC group tackles packaging motion standards

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Motion for Packaging Working Group hammers out a specific mission and four key areas to simplify motion controls for packaging machinery. Areas include: defining business benefits of open controls; standardize on programming languages; standardize on network protocols; foster education in motion control technologies in tech schools and colleges.
These filter-packs of ground coffee represent a growth opportunity for Cordoba Coffee now that the company has automated overwra
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Foodservice packs at twice the speed

Canadian coffee marketer sees growth in coffee filter-packs used by guests in hotel rooms. A new flow wrapper lets the firm aggressively pursue this foodservice market niche.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Rovema Packaging Machines (Lawrenceville, GA): Steven F. Dalton, mgr., regional sales; Lyman "Skip" S. Faulkner, mgr., regional sales.
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Rovema Packaging Machines (Lawrenceville, GA): Lance Flynn, president.
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Rovema Packaging Machines (Lawrenceville, GA): Rosann Bagin, area sales mgr.