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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
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Flat die lip inserts

A new system of interchangeable lip inserts for flat dies speeds changeovers by 50% compared to replacing an entire lip assembly, according to Extrusion Dies (Chippewa Falls, WI).
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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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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Booth #1006) new pouch feeder can orient numerous styles of pouches for downstream operation at speeds to 200/min. The pouches are moved into a deep bowl centrifigual feeder, where they are picked up by a starwheel and placed onto an exit conveyor.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Film label applicator

The Model 35PW p-s labeling system from Accraply (Booth #603) has capabilities to apply side panel and wraparound film-based labels at speeds to 2000"/min.
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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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Stretch wrapper

Pacmatic's (Booth #1941) new Roboshark fast, portable stretch wrapper can wrap a pallet in 25 sec, using any width film, says the com-pany, and can wrap 30% faster than when using turn-tables.
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Corona treating equipment suit settled

Enercon Industries Corp., Menomonee Falls, WI, and German partner Ahlbrandt Systems, Inc. filed suit against Pillar Technolo-gies, Hartland, WI, in 1986 alleging that Pillar infringed on two Ahlbrandt patents involving corona treating equipment, which treats the surfaces of plastic films or metal foils to improve ink adhesion.
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Nutrition facts printer

Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced the N5000 Nutrition Facts Printer for use in the meat, poultry and dairy industries as well as by contract and medical device packagers.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Vf/f/s

Triangle Package Machinery's (Chicago, IL) new Acceleron Convertible vertical f/f/s machine uses a cross sealer to produce pillow, gusseted, or flat-bottom packages at speeds to 60/min.
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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Shrink systems

New 110-volt and 220-volt Sergeant® combination shrink systems from Allied Automation (Booth #525) operate with all shrink films. Available with a manual seal jaw, dual-magnetic or magnetic hold down options, they wrap up to 16 packages/min.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices

Almost all packagers decry increases in corrugated costs. Users of paper and plastics find those package materials aren't far behind. These materials are most often targeted by purchasers developing strategies to hold the line on costs, according to an ex

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