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Bagging & Form/fill/seal

The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Filled bags of pre-mix antibiotics (such as the one at left) convey to a manual inspection station (above) where production asso
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning

Automated set up, packing and labeling of cartons containing antibiotic I.V. bags saves Baxter Healthcare nearly $2 million/year in labor and material costs.
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Pack Expo turns packaging concepts into production realities

Packaging containers tend to be the milestones by which packaging advances are measured. But thousands of packagers coming to Pack Expo 96 (November 17-21, McCormick Place, Chicago) will assure you that there would be no visible packaging advances without the unseen contributions of packaging equipment.
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Robotic case packing sweetens Brach & Brock's bottom line

A top-load robotic pick-and-place machine replaces manual case packing of bagged candy at Brach & Brock Confections, saving the confectioner $150ꯠ in annual labor costs.
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Pack Expo Plus: Seminars, conferences and allied shows

High-tech packaging solutions, new resin technologies, healthcare packaging, and better sealing technologies are just a few of the areas covered in conferences and seminars during Pack Expo week.
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Components assume new importance in packaging

Conveyors, coding and marking machines, and motors and drives are the components best-known to packagers who have production and engineering responsibilities.
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'Flexibility' sought in machinery at Pack Expo 96

Versatile machines that will allow manufacturers multiple packaging options was one of the frequent answers in Packaging World's second exclusive survey of Pack Expo registrants. Large buying teams and longer visits are also planned this year.
A stepper-driven corner labeler (above) uses a pneumatic tamping mechanism to apply a preprinted bar-code label that?s rolled ar
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A reusable case for automation

New equipment at Herr Foods is among the first that erects, packs and seals tough-to-handle corrugated cases that are reused up to five times.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
Graphic Packaging?s new 10-station press (above) operates at speeds exceeding 1,000?/min. At a laminating station near the end o
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New press focuses on flexibility

Converter Graphic Packaging's Franklin, OH, plant is the first in the U.S. to use a new press that can print flexible packaging by gravure and flexography, and dry-bond laminate and apply cold-seal or hot melt wax-coat in-line. Kroger's coffee bags represent the first commercial application.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
Scimed?s color thermal-transfer-printed label is virtually indistinguishable from its previous preprinted label, shown at right
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Thermal-transfer goes four-color process

Scimed Life Systems uses up its $250ꯠ preprinted label stock inventory in favor of on-demand high-quality four-color process thermal-transfer printing. Label stock changeover drops from 20 per shift to just over one.
Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
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From aseptic pouch to aseptic carton

A 500-mL aseptic brick-pack for foodservice customers is helping Tetley® USA, Shelton, CT, cash in on the explosive growth of fruit-flavored iced teas.

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