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Filling, Capping & Sealing

Near the head of the line, the black bowls in their carrier plates pass beneath the twin hoppers (left) of the filling station.
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Nut bowl offers microwavability and more

Plastic bowl for nuts and snacks is microwavable, reclosable and convenient. Barrier materials extend shelf life, and footed bottom allows stand-up on-shelf display.
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Amodular mold insert system makes it possible to blow mold a variety of bottle sizes without paying high mold costs for each siz
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Honey shows off in clear PET

Burleson overcomes technical and cost hurdles to become one of the first honey marketers to use PET containers. Now in development is a PET jar for foodservice holding 5 lb of honey.
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Packaging keeps evolving...from able, to active, to anticipating

Are you evolved?
Plant technician Terry Boocks demonstrates the ink-jet coder?s pushbutton changeover (above) as he verifies the settings against
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Pennzoil buttons up coder problems

New small-character ink-jet coders provide one-button shutdown and start-up while cutting maintenance time by at least 50% compared to previous coders.
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Candy container for captured creatures

Amurol Confections had kid collectors in mind with its Bug City package, a polystyrene jar filled with 2.4 oz of insect-shaped candy tarts. The Bug City product is not new.
Kyle McMullen (above), president of Newhall Coffee Roasting Company, also serves as packaging engineer and machine operator for
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
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Horix Manufacturing Co.: Filler/capper monoblocks

Horix (Arlington, VA) will unveil the Ave Series of small filler/capper monoblocks. On display will be a unit consisting of 12 filling valves and three capping heads, available as either a gravity or pressurized filler.
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NJM Packaging : Capper, labeler

NJM/CLI (Lebanon, NH) will unveil its new Unicap-150 capper, offering speeds to 200/min, and the Auto-Colt III p-s labeler with a newly designed 318 stepper head.
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Inline Filling Systems Inc: Capping machine

Inline Filling's (Venice, FL) Computorque Capping Machine uses two counter-rotating tightening belts on either side of the cap to reduce downtime and replacement costs.
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U.S. Bottlers Machinery Company: High-speed rotary capper

New tangential-infeed rotary capper from U.S. Bottlers (Charlotte, NC) has 24 heads for speeds to 700 bpm. Accepts containers at the capping head from the infeed screw for immediate cap application to eliminate brim spilling.
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Portola Packaging, Inc: Certified bottling equipment

The 5-gal water bottling equipment from Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has been certified by NSF. Using a bacteriological swab test, Portola's washers were tested to NSF standard 3 for sanitization efficacy using ozone as a disinfectant.
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TMC: Vertical cartoning

The continuous-motion vertical flip-top cartoning system from TMC (Elk Grove Village, IL) operates at speeds as fast as 500/min. Cartoner can interface with volumetric fillers, computer scales or slat counters and is recommended for use in packaging pharmaceuticals and food products in flip-top cartons.
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Dissimilar packs share honors

A powder medication inhaler and unusual bags for an ice melter and for pet food earn recognition at DuPont's 12th awards competition.
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Aseptic PE/EVOH/PE bottles hold shelf-stable infant formula

Infant formula isn't a category where you normally find a lot of packaging innovation. But this summer has brought us two interesting packaging advances in the "mother's milk" replacement business.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.

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