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The LLDPE bags-on-a-roll are printed off-line with label formats stored on a PC. The spool of printed bags are then mounted onto
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Printer furnishes improved productivity

A furniture hardware distributor uses a thermal-transfer printer for bar codes, graphics and part numbers on its bagged hardware to cut costs and increase production.
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Potato chip marketer rolls out a zipper

When it comes to packages with reclosable zippers, potato chip makers have not been able to get past test-market status (see Packaging World, Feb.
Slim Stick packs for ConAgra?s Sidewalk Café are produced five/cycle (above) on Japanese equipment at contract manufacturer
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Equipment 'Powers' stick-pack production

Fullerton, CA-based ConAgra Grocery is among the first to use a slim stick pack, for its Sidewalk Caf/ instant cappuccino. Contract manufacturer/packager The Power Group packs the product on Japanese equipment.
As cartons are lifted up into the corrugated case, a loading tube  keeps carton edges from catching on the edges of the case,  t
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Tasty Baking takes a bite of automation

Automated packaging lines have transformed the sixth floor at thelegendary Philadelphia bakery. Flowrappers, cartoners and case packers take center stage in the new lines.
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Kraft executes sly redesign

The packaging for Kraft's Cracker Barrel® 10-oz cheese blocks underwent a significant change a year ago, but Kraft is hoping consumers won't notice.
McNeil uses custom tools in its tf/f/s machine  to form individual packaging units that are  elegantly shaped. The portion-contr
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Packaging helps Johnson & Johnson enter food business

A custom thermoform and sophisticated packaging machinery help bring Johnson & Johnson's cholesterol-reducing Benecol spread to supermarkets across the country.
John Harris, Nature Labs? director of operations, found leasing indispensable in setting up a new packaging line for the rapi
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Packagers take a lease on new business

Packagers that lease equipment cite preservation of working capital and tax benefits as advantages over buying.
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Packaging marketplaces take center stage

This year will be recorded as the year of the Internet "packaging auction gold rush." Auction--and classifieds--Web sites are popping up faster than you can say "network protocol" in the great race to establish Internet-based marketplaces for selling packaging equipment and materials.
A door on an automated splicing machine is opened (above) to show where a film roll is marked for a roll splice. The splicing co
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Cloud connects to auto splicing

Chicagoland contract packager ups efficiency by adding an automated splicer onto a rollstock-driven, high-speed hf/f/s pouch machine.
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Sigpack Systems Div., a Bosch Packaging Technology Co.: F/f/s machine

The SIGRV (shown with the SIGKG3 cartoner) from SIG Pack (Raleigh, NC) produces 4-edged single pouches, as well as twin pouches or strip multiples, and fills them with granules or powders at speeds to 640 pouches/min.
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WestPack celebrates 50 years of packaging innovation

Featuring five specialty pavilions, including a new one for converters, WestPack 99 honors its history at the Anaheim Convention Center Sept. 28 to 30.
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Apio expands use of smart packaging

California produce grower/marketer Apio launches a 3-lb retail package of fresh-cut veggies in a rigid PET tray with a breathable patch that provides a 14-day shelf life.
Ford Xtreme gum is packaged in blister packs that retain freshness, while graphics denote it as a ?functional? gum.
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Taking gum to the 'Xtreme'

A blister pack with foil lidding keeps this cavity-fighting gum fresh, while graphics promote the gum's significant health benefits.
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Pre-made bags bring consistency

For a more consistent look for its line of frozen Mexican foods, Ruiz Food Products of Dinuba, CA, is using the Promobag(TM) from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS).
PLCs (top) have been the mainstay of packaging machine control for years, but use of PC controllers (above) has been rising. Bot
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Debating the future of packaging machine control

PC vs PLC -- Six packaging machinery builders debate the pros and cons of controlling packaging machinery with either computers or programmable logic controllers.

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