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Cups are denested and sent into the packaging line by two rotary cup feeders, each of which holds 20 stacks of 50 nested cups.
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The king of cups

Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
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Mebane Packaging Group?s new eight-station ultraviolet flexo press (above right) produces near-offset quality reproduction for a
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UV flexo technology provides economic relief

Narrow-web UV flexo press allows folding carton converter Mebane Packaging to reduce costs, while it increases flexibility for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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Labeling settlement

Honey Baked Hams, Inc. of Irvine, CA, agreed to change its package labeling as part of a negotiated settlement of a civil suit arising from a complaint by the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health.
The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
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Labeling updates

Following is a brief wrap-up of recent labeling-related news: * FDA has established January 1, 2000, as the single effective date for required label changes issued during 1997.
J.R. Simplot?s Martin Greenbank (below left) and distributor representative Bob Scott make an adjustment to the checkweigher con
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Checkweighers improve accuracy by 75% on cases containing bagged frozen french fries for foodservice.
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J.R. Simplot weighs accuracy's advantages

Revamped lines and switch to bags trigger savings
The illustration (above) depicts where the security label might be applied by a manufacturer. A close-up of the label (left) sho
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Retailers find security in source tagging

National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.
As many as six upstream packaging lines can feed into the rotary tower stretch wrapping machine. Electrical heating strips on al
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A well 'thawed-out' solution

J&J Snacks needed to automate pallet wrapping in its freezer warehouse. But only a specially insulated wrapper could function at temperatures as low as
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Bang the drum carefully

Open-headed fiber drums can't pass U.S. Dept. of Transportation drop tests. NAS recommendations could result in an exemption.
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
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Labeling meat substitutes

FDA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) want to encourage more nutritious variations of traditional foods, but are wrestling with how such foods should be labeled.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
Pressing arrow keys on the touchscreen display (above) trains the camera to focus in on the date/lot code. One touchscreen disp
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Easy PC controlfor machine vision

Upsher-Smith Laboratories uses off-the-shelf PC hardware for an all-in-one video capture/bar-code scanning inspection system to satisfy FDA labeling regs while keeping false rejects low.
At its new Wautoma, WI, plant, Atrium?s automatic line relies heavily on a new dual tablet/capsule counter/filler (above) and in
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Atrium earns an 'A' for bottle sealing

Induction sealing was so effective at three other plants that food supplement maker Atrium added a fourth machine at its new plant in Wautoma, WI. A fifth machine is expected shortly.

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