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Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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Filled trays pass through metal detection (lower right) and then a checkweigher (upper left
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Combo unit improves process control

Based in Duluth, MN, Luigino's, Inc. has made its Michelina brand frozen pastas and entrees big sellers across the country. At the firm's Jackson, OH, plant, a packaging line that went into production last fall uses a Loma 7000 Combo, an integrated metal detect-ion/checkweighing system.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. OSHA (sidebar)

Is OSHA too nit-picky?
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FSIS says no to AMI

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) denied a request by the American Meat Institute (AMI) for a blanket 6-month extension of the August 8, 1995, deadline for revising ingredient labeling standards.
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Biocraft transcends random checkweighing

Packaging lines have incorporated automatic checkweighers for so long the devices are easy to take for granted. But at Biocraft Corp. of Fairlawn, NJ, where powdered drugs are made and packaged for a variety of drug marketers, 100% checkweighing of all bottles is only a little more than a year old, having replaced a reli- able but more labor-intensive system of random checks.
Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
The two-piece tin (top) looks like a scale model of the race car. Even the bottom (above) is printed and formed to look like the
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J.L. Clark races to new technology in metal forming

Distortion printing, nine-mold forming and computer-aided design were all instrumental in Clark's unique two-piece stock car tin for Valvoline.
With a case erected and waiting, the packer pushes 12 cartridges into the box before it is transferred back to the line for seal
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager

A complete new line, from unscrambler to pallet stretch wrapping, lets Pratt & Lambert United automate production of top-selling large adhesive cartridges.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
Wigwam?s new paperboard sock pack is customized for each product through the use of pressure-sensitive labels, one on the front
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New pack lets Wigwam slip into future

Revamping outdated graphics wasn't enough for sock maker Wigwam Mills. New pack and labeling improve consumer appeal while output and flexibility meet retailers' changing needs.
A customized vf/f/s system (top) produces pouches holding liquids as thin as water to sauces laden with particulates as shown ab
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Pouches, vf/f/s system add sizzle to sauce sales

Vf/f/s system helps Fontina Foods increase sales threefold and expand its product line for foodservice/institutional customers. Eight-month equipment payback is projected due to selling product in flexible pouches rather than HDPE pails.

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