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Bagging & Form/fill/seal

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Clamco Corporation: Heavy-duty shrink tunnel

Keeping pace with line speeds up to 125’/min, the Clamco (Cleveland, OH) 7211 heat shrink tunnel has a large, heavy-duty motor and digital heat control to work in continuous production applications.
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Ameripak Co.: Ameripak Co.: Flow wrapper

AmeriPak (Warrington, PA) has recently replaced the traditional control panel on its 3-axis flow wrapper with a touchscreen HMI. Additional changes include servos on the main lug conveyor, end crimper/knife assembly, and fin seal assembly drives.
Machine Product Brief
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Doyen Medipharm: Side-seal machine

Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL) has released its fully automated 4SS quick-changeover 4-side-seal machine for high-speed sterile pouching of medical devices.
Machine Product Brief
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Norwood Marking Systems: Thermal-transfer printer

Jaguar II thermal-transfer programmable printer from Norwood Marking (Downers Grove, IL) has a print rate of up to 350 prints/min with a 2”x3” print area (intermittent) or continuous-motion speeds of over 1ꯠ mm/sec with a 2”x5” print area.
Machine Product Brief
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Pactiv: Pactiv: Poucher with slider applicator

Klöckner Bartelt’s (Sarasota, FL) RPM 950 hf/f/s system now can integrate Pactiv’s Hefty™ Slide-Rite® reclosure system for stand-up pouches.
Machine Product Brief
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Sandiacre Packaging Machinery: Continuous motion vf/f/s

Sandiacre Packaging’s (Lancaster, PA) TG350-RC continuous motion vf/f/s machine is suitable for fresh produce and frozen-food packaging. Initially designed to accommodate pack widths from 2.36” to 13.78”, unit is said to also package a wide range of bag sizes and styles of hard-to-pack product at high speeds.
Machine Product Brief
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Winpak: Dry material vf/f/s machine

The WD-18 vf/f/s machine from Winpak (San Bernardino, CA) can fill multiple lanes of free-flowing particulates. Operating at rates to 700 pouches/min, the WD-18 combines 2 separate 18” webs of film to produce sealed pouches.
Machine Product Brief
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Eagle Pack Corporation: Vf/f/s machine

The Eagle Phaser, a vf/f/s machine from EaglePack (Oakland, CA), was engineered specifically for feeding and advancing film, forming, filling, and sealing bags with minimal complication, the company says.
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Lettuce in twin MAP packs

"Fresh now and fresh later," is how spokeswoman Robin Sprague of Fresh Express, Salinas, CA, describes the company's new Twin Pack of attached side-by-side bags of lettuce. "Consumers can use half of the pack immediately, and keep the other bag under modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) conditions to maintain freshness," she informs Packworld.com. "It's a unique concept that offers more convenience to consumers."
Feature Article
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Machine builders weigh in on safety issues

What are packaging machinery manufacturers’ plans for keeping their equipment operating safely and ergonomically? Exclusive Packworld.com survey reveals which safety devices are most popular.
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Bakery wraps up production rates

Mail-order bakery Bellows House Bakery, Walpole, NH, found a resolution to high labor costs and low production rates in packaging its grab-and-go cookies and brownies. In fall ’99, manual labor and semi-automatic sealing was replaced by a Fuji-Formost (Woodinville, WA) Model FW-340mII horizontal form/fill/seal wrapper.
Machine Case Study
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U.S. Sugar zips into reclosable bags (sidebar)

Zipper application is outsourced
Machine Product Brief
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Clamco Corporation: F/f/s shrink wrapping system

Clamco’s (Cleveland, OH) 1700-series automatic f/f/s shrink wrapping system can handle up to 80 packages/min. The 1700 series includes a patented rotary hot knife side seal attachment with cast steel knife for sealing most polyolefin, polyethylene and PVC films.
Machine Product Brief
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Multivac Inc: Multivac Inc: Low-cost blister packs

A horizontal tf/f/s machine from Multivac (Kansas City, MO) makes blisters and seals them with card or film in one process. The system forms blisters from rollstock and takes roll-fed film, paperboard, or a paper/poly structure, and uses it to make the blister backing.
Machine Product Brief
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Cryovac: Cryovac: Packaging/dispensing systems

From Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) comes the Instapak™ foam-in-bag system, Cryovac™ Impact shrink film, and high-abuse-resistant Cryovac CorTuff™ shrink film.

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