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Filling, Capping & Sealing

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Bulk auger filler

The new 4500 Series Digitronic® Net Weigh Auger Filler from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery features a high-torque servo motor drive that increases the speed and efficiency of filling operations for processors who fill bulk product into containers as large as 50 lb.
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Aseptic bag filling

Alphacos has introduced the Type 529 Semi-Automatic IV Bag Filling and Closing Machine for aseptic packaging of infusions, parenteral drugs, and other pharmaceutical and biotech fluids.
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Ultrasonic bag sealer

Taylor Products has released the TRU Seal ultrasonic valve bag sealer, designed to work with Taylor valve bagging equipment.
MICROWAVE CONVENIENCE. An internal steam vent in this stand-up pouch permits self-venting in the microwave oven.
Machine Case Study
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The incredible flexible pouch

Economies of scale drive pouch costs down, while shelf appeal and convenience features deliver on the marketer's need to differentiate.
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PIAB USA Inc: Sanitary vacuum conveyors

PIAB, manufacturer of industrial vacuum conveyors and components, has recently expanded its line of conveying systems that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves to handle dairy and food grain products.
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Contract packager fills PEN bottles with personal care products for Wal-Mart
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Contract packager fills PEN bottles with personal care products for Wal-Mart

At contract packager Lake Consumer Products, polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) bottles from Graham Packaging are conveyed single-file in pucks from left to right through a two-station volumetric filling process for feminine personal care products on Lake's line that relies almost exclusively on Terco equipment.
Apotex: Tablet and capsule filling for pharmaceutical bottles
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Apotex: Tablet and capsule filling for pharmaceutical bottles

Side-by-side Cremer CF-1220 tablet/capsule fillers gently vibrate solid-dose pills or tablets along multiple channels of horizontally positioned vibratory trays.
Apotex: In-line bottle capping for pharmaceutical bottles
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Apotex: In-line bottle capping for pharmaceutical bottles

After filling, bottles are conveyed around a bend in the Apotex line to a four-station NJM/CLI Unicap-150 in-line capper.
ISOLATOR CHAMBER. Sterilization, rinsing, filling, and capping are all conducted inside this microbiological isolator chamber.
Feature Article
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Low-acid aseptics 101

To fully appreciate the significance of the Aseptic Solutions installation, it helps to review the nature of today’s aseptic beverage packaging scene.
News
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Blue Ice Vodka Bottle Reaches New Heights

When Distilled Resources Inc., Rigby, ID, added 1-L and 1.75-L bottles to its Blue Ice Vodka line in June, the company wanted to maintain brand consistency and retail shelf height limits.
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Digital Printing: What and How to Make it work in co-packing

Under the right circumstances, co-packers can work with digital-run specialists to help spare manufacturers the risk and expense of excess inventory of emerging products.
ROTARY CAPPER. This eight-head capper feeds ROPP 
closures from a hopper onto the bottles and uses a pressure block inside each
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Capsules winning out over cork?

As problems with ‘cork taint’ continue to plague the wine industry, Kendall-Jackson is expanding its use of ROPP aluminum capsules.
BOTTLE FILLING. Side-by-side tablet fillers on Line 5 at Apotex helped the Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer double its outpu
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2010: A packaging odyssey

Pharmaceutical maker Apotex works in concert with systems integrator to assure its packaging operations will meet customer demands at least through the year 2010.
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Vision System Speeds Container Development

London, England-based alcoholic beverage producer Diageo has launched its new leche-flavored liqueur line “Dulseda” in what the company claims is “the fastest time to market ever.”Key to the accelerated glass bottle design development and testing was Diageo’s use of the Vision Bottle Gauge (VBG) automated testing station supplied by Agr International (www.agrintl.com).
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Vodka Debuts In Blue-Hue PET Bottles

This summer, White Rock Distilleries, Lewiston, ME, introduced its Pinnacle-brand vodka in new 1.75-L translucent blue PET bottles supplied by Amcor PET Packaging (www.amcor.com) and topped with upscale 33-mm polypropylene closures from Berry Plastics Corp.

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