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Machinery

Bagging & Form/fill/seal

Machine Product Brief
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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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Technical innovation on display

New oxygen-absorbing technology and a unique insulating liner for produce are two FPA winners admired for their technical innovation.
Machine Product Brief
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Rollstock, Inc: Hf/f/s vacuum packager

Rollstock’s (Kansas City, MO) RI200 automatic, PLC-controlled vacuum packaging machine operates at 12 indexes/min, with each die containing 1 or multiple pockets.
Machine Product Brief
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Circle Packaging Machinery Inc: Liquid f/f/s machine

The Circle liquid servo-controlled f/f/s system from Circle Packaging Machinery (Green Bay, WI) provides multilane, continuous motion, and 4-sided seal formatting with the capability of handling high production rates for personal care liquids or food related products.
Machine Product Brief
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Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Thermal transfer printer

Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the 1200mm/sec EasyPrint II c. The high-speed thermal-transfer printer uses a floating print head suspension to maximize substrate contact to enhance print quality.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup executive committee: Sitting, L to R--Steve Ford, M&M Mars; Rob Aleksa, P&G; Keith Campbell, Hershey Fo
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OMAC readies pilot tests

A flurry of activity was announced this February at the OMAC Packaging Workgroup meeting in Orlando, FL, including at least two pilot tests on real packaging equipment.
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Recloseable feature 'snaps' onto pretzel pack

At Snaxpo 2002, held February 16 - 19 in Chicago, Packaging World spotted printed prototype flexible film bags for Herr's 22-oz Sourdough Bite Size Hard Pretzels that included the Easy Snap™ closure system.
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Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
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SIG Pack International and Presto co-market Easy Snap3;

SIG Pack International’s affiliate SIG Doboy, Inc.-Easy Snap Division (New Richmond, WI) and Presto Products Company’s Fresh-Lock Zipper Business Unit (Appleton, WI) are co-marketing the Easy Snap™ closure system in North America.
Machine Product Brief
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Circle Packaging Machinery Inc: Hf/f/s/system

Circle Packaging Machinery’s (Green Bay, WI) hf/f/s system is designed specifically for the medical industry. It produces 4-sided hermetically sealed and 100% validated packages.
Pack Expo 2004: V5100 vf/f/s baling system
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Pack Expo 2004: V5100 vf/f/s baling system

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Products showed its V5100 vf/f/s baling system at its booth at Pack Expo International 2004 this week in Chicago. Machine packages finished bags of product into film wrapped bales, eliminating the need for paperboard boxes and premade bags. Machine can run one, two, and three columns of packaged product with a maximum bale weight of 60 lb. Machine is designed to be integrated with other vf/f/s equipment to complete the packaging process.
Pack Expo 2004: Infinity Series 3-D accumulator
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Pack Expo 2004: Infinity Series 3-D accumulator

PACK EXPO WEB EXCLUSIVE: Garvey introduces its Infinity Series 3-D accumulator at Pack Expo 2004 in its booth located at N-3813. Wrapping and bagging machines can deliver their output to a single Infinity 3-D, and the system will automatically discharge the packages of product (flow-wrapped packages, bags, trays, and cartons) – oriented – to one or more downstream machines. The system also provides accumulation between the upstream and downstream machines, dramatically increasing the overall throughput of the line. No complex mechanisms or controls are required. Packages are accumulated, oriented, and discharged via the natural flow dynamics of the machine.
The twin-head scale system, shown up close (above) and from a distance (left) has helped reduce giveaway of bulk in-shell nuts b
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Scale system shines at Diamond

A twin-head, triple-pan scale system at Diamond of California’s Robertsdale, AL, plant reduces giveaway, lessens labor costs, and saves on forklift rental costs.
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NECCO mints in a snap

New high-intensity Ultra mints from NECCO (New England Confectionery Co.) reached national retail stores in June packed in a 4 1/2-oz, 1.4-mil polypropylene bag with a laminated cast PP snap closure.
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Integration issues squeeze machinery builders (sidebar)

Respondents: Packagers don’t appreciate engineering costs

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