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IWK Packaging Machinery Inc: Laser coding

The Dynamark system is a new laser coding feature available on all tube filling equipment from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ). This noncontact coder imprints production dates, expiration dates, batch and lot identification in a standard print area measuring up to 40 mm x 40 mm (1.6" X 1.6"), with a print height of 2.5 mm (0.1").
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Organic labeling rules proposed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on its proposal to establish uniform federal standards for use of the term "organic" in labeling both raw and processed foods.
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Servo control offers labeling latitude (sidebar)

This is the story of the in-line capper that almost got away. When the Nutrilite Div. of Amway Corp. wanted to double the speed of its vitamin packaging line, management was leaning toward a rotary capper.
The rubber-stoppered and aluminum-crimped 100-mL glass bottles are sold under Phoenix?s own label as well as that of its distrib
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Liquid filling goes custom

Veterinary injectibles maker Phoenix Scientific develops a customized time-pressure filler, the first all-new machine from a supplier that was historically a rebuilder. Benefits include high accuracy, low cost and excellent service.
Bottles ease onto and off of the filler turret via oversized-diameter starwheels (left), which cut down on splashing associat
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Putting the pressure on faster filling

A unique feeding system on Sweet Ripe Drinks' new pressure filler permits 750-bpm speeds with less glass breakage, higher accuracy and 15-minute changeover.
Near the end of the turret?s rotation, fill nozzles cut off based on the weight recorded from each bottle?s individual load cell
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Grace-and speed-under pressure

Amway's new pressure-netweigh filler increases speed and accuracy for viscous personal care products. Unscrambler offers gentle handling, cuts down on jams and provides 15-minute changeover.
ThermaFreeze is packed in a flexible film material and then hydrated and frozen for use in keeping pharmaceutical products chill
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Pharmaceutical shipments chill out from within

Superior Pharmaceutical is among the first to use a powdered polymer within a flexible material to keep overnight shipments cool, but not frozen. The material yields cost advantages, as well as freight and space savings.
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Masterfil USA LLC: Rotary capper

Suitable for personal care, pharmaceutical and detergent applications, the Masterfil rotary capper from Rodico (Upper Saddle River, NJ) is capable of reaching speeds over 250 caps/min.
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White Cap Inc: Tamper-evident closure

The 48-mm Plasti-Twist® Plus closure from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL) offers tamper evidence through a patented drop-down band. The closure is available with the E-Z Torque liner, a non-PVC thermoplastic elastomer liner that is molded into the cap.
The paper filter unwind and bagging unit are shown close-up (left), while the overwrapping station appears above. Finished ov
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Vf/f/s percolates at S&D Coffee

To meet the growing sales demands of its foodservice and institutional customers, this Concord, NC, roaster fills ground coffee into a paper filter bag then overwraps between one and five bags in plastic film on the same machine. Strong sales help S&D reap a six-month payback on the unusual machine.
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HDPE-based Tropicana bottles project fresh, 'local dairy' image

In the first stage of a national roll-out, coextrusion blow-molded bottles for Tropicana FruitWise smoothies are finding a place in the refrigerated cases of supermarkets in Cleveland and several other markets.
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Britvic banks on being different (sidebar)

McCain tests aseptically filled PET
This close-up shows the starwheels and center guide for an air cleaner at Seagram?s LaSalle plant. Located on the center guide i
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Seagram salutes the end of tweaking

Seagram combines two bottling lines into one medium-speed line for a broad variety of spirits in glass bottles. Quick-change parts for cleaning, filling, capping and conveying equipment reduce downtime and labor costs.
Cases are configured in a variety of formats by means of the case turner (inset) running just ahead of the automatic palletizer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots

Pegged by some as one craft brewer best positioned to thrive and grow, Redhook boldly stakes its claim to eastern markets with its New Hampshire facility.
A custom-built seal tester squeezes bottles through a succession of vertical rollers to expose leakers or poor seals
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Shaped 'can' rewrites packaging line rules

Several unorthodoxies on the filling line make it possible for this soft, squeezable, straight-walled polypropylene container to resist paneling after hot-filling. Also new is a first-of-its-kind on-line shrink label application in a bottling plant.

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