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A checkweigher verifies that each bag has the correct tablet count (left), eliminating the need for an operator to verify counts
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Vitamins in a vacuum

Vacuum packages of vitamin tablets in foil, believed to be a first, provide Amway's Nutrilite Div. with a unique look for Pacific Rim markets.
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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.
Redhook management appreciates the gentle handling provided by this case packer
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Redhook Ale sinks East Coast roots (sidebar)

Case handling and inspection
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Reducing labeling errors

In an effort to reduce errors on food labels, the Food Safety and Inspection Service's Food Labeling Division (FLD) said all label-approval applications will be seen by two FLD reviewers instead of one.
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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
Grimmway1s checkweigher and metal detectors (right) inspect up to 75 bags of carrots per minute. The plant produces bags from 1
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Running long and going strong

Metal detectors and checkweighers 'run and run and run' at Grimmway Farms' high-volume, washdown-environment carrot processing plant.
Sanitation measures in the HEPA-filtered packaging room include full garb, mask and boots for the operator, who also passes thro
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Nature's Pleasures launches fresh-cut apple slic es

This processor may not be the first to package apple slices in an extended shelf-life MAP format. But management believes its technology gives it an edge over those who pioneered the concept.
At the pre-tare station (above), empty bottles are individually weighed, then conveyed to the  dosing station (left). A dust shr
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Sweetening your medicine

A new auger filler/checkweighing system allows Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturer to double its output and incorporate a new formulation onto its line.
Inside the blow molding machine, one of Ball?s 2-L bottles is positioned at the vision inspection station. Images flash across t
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Ball inspects becausePepsi expects quality

On-line machine vision system helps Ball's Chino, CA, plant deliver high volumes of PET bottles to Pepsi-Cola's California bottlers.
As a case nears the print-and-apply labeling system, it passes between two 3towers2 that form a 100-watt light 3curtain2. As
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks

Computer peripheral maker/distributor Bay Networks doubles throughput at its Sunnyvale, CA, distribution center with an automated print-and-apply labeling system and networked computer software systems.
Three different feeders?a brush box for sticky gel capsules and two  channel feeders for compressed round and oval tablets?are u
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Blister packer feeds three different tablets for Amway

Amway's Nutrilite Div. blister-packs three dissimilar, tough-to-feed vitamin tablets on one blister card. New equipment provides substantial savings over contract packaging.
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Poultry law hit

For decades the beef industry has complained that USDA regulations give poultry a competitive edge, since current regulations allow poultry to take in as much as 8% water during the chilling process without any mention of additional water on the label.
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Ingredient labeling for sausage casings

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a proposed rule that would require the ingredient labeling of natural or collagen casings used in sausages, hot dogs and other meat products when they are derived from a species that is different from that of the encased product.
A line operator looks at beer bottles as they pass the second inspector on the line. This unit checks for label placement and ma
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Widmer's bottle inspectors craft success

Widmer Brothers verifies fill level, missing crowns, as well as full cases of its newly introduced 12-oz bottles of beer. Newer bottling line produces draft 'biers' much like kegs.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.

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