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Filling, Capping & Sealing

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Frozen baby food debuts in ovenable paperboard trays

When author O. Robin Sweet and her husband ventured to St. Petersburg, Russia, six years ago, writing two new books and starting a food processing business were the farthest things from her mind.
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Free-fall metal detectors are mounted to f/f/s equipment at Roskam (the square-shaped objects on the far left side of the photo
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Roskam Baking 'falls' for in-tube metal detection

In-tube metal detectors are helping contract packager Roskam Baking grow its business. The CP packs dry food products such as cereal and snacks at four plants in its home city of Grand Rapids, MI.
For illustrative purposes, an aseptic bag is sliced open to reveal the gland and the bottom membrane. During filling, product fl
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A well-seasoned traveler

Aseptically packaged chilies allow an Australian grower and harvester to extend distribution beyond its rural location and compete in a hot global market.
Some parts of the hf/f/s machine, such as film infeed and folding, were left basically unchanged
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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs

Flexible pouches for paints used by modelers cost less and perform better than glass jars with labels and caps. Custom-built packaging equipment had to be developed first.
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Pouch versatility stands out

A canteen-like pouch for liquids or powders, a mouthwash sample pouch distributed inside newspapers, and resealable stand-up pouches for an insecticide and plant food all earn recognition from the Flexible Packaging Assn.
New packs of Heath?s bird suet (above) offer consumers easy opening. At retail, they can stand on the shelf, offer appealing gra
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Flexible materials earn Green Globe Award

Heath Manufacturing wins a Green Globe Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn. for a bird suet cake package that uses less material than its predecessor. New equipment increases productivity while saving labor costs.
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Putting 'smart systems' to work (sidebar)

When less is really more
Bella Vista has been successful with its organic jams through gourmet food stores, but new filling capacity on the firm?s auto
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New equipment helps jam maker go mainstream

A Michigan manufacturer of organic jams extends product sales beyond gourmet stores and into the supermarket aisles since installing a complete filling line late last year.
After caps are applied, jars pass through an induction sealer (left) that secures a foil liner to the 63-mm finish. The clos
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Seneca sets its sights on plastic

Seneca Foods was among the first to convert from glass to hot-fillable plastic jars for applesauce. Now it fills both glass and plastic containers on essentially the same line.
Four crates are filled with each cycle of this machine. Each gripper aligns its bottle so that when bottles land in the crate, l
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Bottle-to-bottle PET recycling beckons in Germany

German mineral water and soft drink marketer Rosbacher installs a first-of-its-kind stretch blow molder and seeks to popularize closed-loop recycling of PET beverage containers.
An equipment ?center? (above) at Anheuser-Busch?s Houston, TX, brewery is equipped with six labelers. This center is positioned
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Anheuser-Busch operators monitor 'mirrored' lines

Packaging equipment operators on Houston's two new bottling lines evolve from 'machine watchers' to 'process monitors.'
Natrel?s St. Laurent, Quebec, plant?s sophisticated UHT processing/aseptic filling line includes three separate rinsing machines
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HDPE-bottled dairy beverages 'milk' 90-day shelf life

Canadian dairy products marketer Natrel is the first North American user of an ultra-high-temperature processing/aseptic filling line. The process permits Natrel to launch single-serve milks and shakes with a 90-day refrigerated shelf life.
Packaging specs such as this one, including container drawings from vendors, are maintained and accessed electronically by those
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Software helps SmithKline gain compliance

New software helps SmithKline Beecham comply with FDA GMPs for creating and disseminating packaging specifications. Software permits validation of packaging spec dissemination process, virtually eliminating exposure to compliance violations. Part one of two.
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Small package poses big challenge

Ecoly Intl. was in a sticky situation. The company needed to downsize its 10-oz Oak Tree Finishing Aerated Hairspray into a 1.7-oz version for use in a travel kit, without losing rich package graphics and extensive copy.
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Filamatic, a division of National Instrument LLC: Filling/capping line

A low-inertia collet chuck applies screw or snap caps to irregularly shaped containers on the new filler/capper line from National Instrument (Baltimore, MD).

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