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Heinz adds stick packs

Beginning in April, Heinz European Foodservice began selling seven of its condiments in a 12 cm (4.72") x 2 cm (.78") flexible stick pack.
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Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc: Dual-auger system

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Sturtevant, WI) introduces the 3500 Series Dual Digitronic auger filler system, which fills 2 dry products with different characteristics through a single tube and into 1 pouch or package. One of the augers is mounted at an angle to allow both to be installed in the same vf/f/s equipment.
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Rose Forgrove: Hf/f/s machine

The Minerva PC Flowpak hf/f/s machine from Rose Forgrove, a div. of Molins Packaging Machinery (Nottingham, U.K.), runs at speeds to 400 packs/min.
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Superior Dairy: Blow molding of plastic milk bottles
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Superior Dairy: Blow molding of plastic milk bottles

At this Ohio dairy manufacturer, one floor above the filling line, HDPE bottles are blown and flash is trimmed. Then bottles are transported through a pneumatic tube to a bagging machine.
Golden Flake: New vf/f/s for potato chip bagging
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Golden Flake: New vf/f/s for potato chip bagging

Printed rollstock unwinds from the back of one of Golden Flake's new vf/f/s machines from Heat and Control. After a knife cuts between the seal area, the filled bag discharges at the bottom of the machine.
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At interpack 2002

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New coextruded blown film line for Enhance Packaging has broadened its structural offerings. Bubble of film (top) is totally con
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New coex line broadens food pack offerings

Coextruded blown film is new to Enhance Packaging Technologies. ‘Pancake’ die technology gives maximum flexibility.
Diamond of California: Side-by-side form/fill/seal machines for nuts
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Diamond of California: Side-by-side form/fill/seal machines for nuts

Filled and sealed bags of nuts discharge from two side-by-side vf/f/s machines onto a conveyor that runs perpendicular to them. Bags are then conveyed downstream. Meanwhile, printed film is pulled through tensioning rollers on one of the vf/f/s machines (right).
Diamond of California: Scale systems for shelled nuts
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Diamond of California: Scale systems for shelled nuts

Computerized scales from Hayssen deliver accurate amounts of nuts on this 16-head system that includes an upper scale with a booster hopper directly beneath. Nuts released from the scales fall through stainless-steel tubes into vf/f/s equipment.
Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher
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Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher

At this contract packager of medical and pharmaceutical products, isolated in a curtained area, the vf/f/s machine drops the six-up packets to a takeaway conveyor at a rate of 60 cycles/min.
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Delta Systems: Delicate food packaging system

Delta Systems (Rogers, AR) offers its new Mini Donut System to automate packaging of small and delicate foods. Consists of an in-feed mechanism with high-speed flow wrapper to accommodate multipacks.
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PFM Packaging Machinery Corporation: Flow wrapper

PFM Packaging Machinery Corp. (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) introduces its Hurricane Extra Wide 2-axis servo flow wrapper. To enhance ergonomics, the electrical cabinet is in the front with an oversized mechanical area for easy access.
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Atlas Group Americas: Atlas Group Americas: Weigher/form/fill/sealer

Designed specially for salty snack foods, Heat and Control’s (Hayward, CA) integrated weigher/form/fill/sealer combines the Atlas™ universal bagmaker and the Millennium™ multihead weigher into a single packaging system that produces filled bags at speeds to 200/min, while minimizing film waste.
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Markem-Imaje: Thermal-transfer coder

Markem Corp.’s (Keene, NH) expanded line of SmartDate® thermal-transfer coders offers a print speed of 5’/sec and an increased ribbon length of 2꾙’, said to reduce costs and increase uptime and efficiency by making ribbon changeover less frequent.

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