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Kit Kat Bites are packaged in this 12-oz stand-up pouch on two lines that were moved to Hershey's Hazleton, PA, plant.
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Kit Kat Bites the 'Junkyard Dog'

To promote the best use of company equipment, Hershey Foods annually recognizes the team that saves the most money. Two packaging lines for Kit Kat Bites won for 2000.
Craig Reichel admires freshly sliced apples that have just been loaded into trays thermoformed on used, rebuilt equipment.
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Rebuilt gear means speed to market

Beginning with two metal detector/checkweighers and moving quickly to htf/f/s machinery, Reichel Foods has had a positive experience with rebuilt packaging equipment.
A 10-bucket combination scale feeds a steady supply of sweetened dried cranberries to each waiting case (inset).
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Bulk-packed Craisins pick up the pace

As demand for its sweetened dried cranberries in 10- and 25-lb boxes continued to increase, Ocean Spray responded with a brand new bag-in-box line.
On the Excel bagger (bottom photo), American Innotek's portable toilet bags are packaged for its "industrial" clients. The SPrin
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'Sprinting' to automated efficiency

New bagging equipment makes it easy for this California manufacturer to package its disposable travel toilet for either industrial or retail channels.
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Oystar Jones: Form/fill/seal system

The continuous-motion Pouch King 2000 horizontal f/f/s system from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) features low profile and lift-up guarding for easy machinery access.
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Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: In-line f/f/s printer

Creating 2-color text and bar codes at speeds to 35 cycles/min, the Flexprint II flexographic printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) fits in-line with horizontal form/fill/seal equipment.
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No-strings-attached tea bag

Honest Tea, Bethesda, MD, launched a whole-leaf, natural tea line in fall 2000, sealed in what it calls a first-of-its-kind integral "Tag-and-Bag" supplied by Copack Intl. (Carlstadt, NJ). This nonwoven, filter tea bag and tag replaces the standard string, staple and printed tag. A four-side, sealed kraft overwrap pouch locks in the freshness.
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New Bagging Machine Sourced Online

Shipwreck Beads, Olympia, WA, a major supplier of beads and associated products to the jewelry and clothing accessories industries, needed a new bagging machine.
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Sealstrip: Resealable-strip applicator

Sealstrip (Boyertown, PA) now offers the Sealstrip Converter to interface with f/f/s equipment, producing tamper-evident, pressure-sensitive resealing strips on flexible packages.
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Bosch Packaging Technology: Vf/f/s system

In the Bosch Packaging (Bridgman, MI) PMC 4201 vf/f/s system, servomotor controls have replaced the typical vertical shafts and eccentric control.
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Hooper Engineering: Hf/f/s machine

Product changeover on the N2500S hf/f/s machine from Hooper (Sarasota, FL) takes 10 minutes or less with 1 or 2 technicians. The machine operates at speeds to 20 cycles/min.
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Delta Systems: Flow wrapper

The horizontal flow wrapper from Delta (Rogers, AR) offers the company’s SoftFlow software technology, which provides a PC-controlled “1 box” solution to motion control instead of a traditional 3-box control system.
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Amboy touts single-serve pouch

Amboy Specialty Foods' Poucheze™ is a 3-oz pouch used for José brand cheese sauce. The pouch provides a foodservice alternative to single-serve cups.
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Paired vf/f/s equipment 'brews' foodservice packs (sidebar)

New Texas plant turns to vf/f/s machines

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