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The output from all ten robots is handled by a single flow wrapper that wraps trays at 90/min (right). Operators can monitor the
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Robotic tray loaders speed cookie loading

A state-of-the-art line at Voortman Cookies in Canada uses 10 vision-guided robots to simultaneously pack cookies into five trays at 1걄 cookies/min. Saves C$450ꯠ/yr in labor costs and provides 10-minute tool-less changeover.
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Salons sample new pack

Regis salons give away an unusual sample pack printed with a $1-off coupon to entice customers to purchase regular-sized hair-care products.
Specialty films help the unusual Flexible Ice reusable ice product withstand multiple freeze/thaw cycles and the rigors of trans
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Film's flexibility fits ice packs

Puncture-resistant film protects Forever Ice's 'reusable' ice to withstand repeated freezing and thawing. A custom tf/f/s machine improves efficiency.
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Vf/f/s machine 'Advances' frozen chicken intro

Enid, OK-based Advance Food Company is rolling out its new Easy Beginnings line of cooked and seasoned chicken breast filets and slices. Easy Beginnings are filled, distributed and sold frozen in a 24-oz resealable bag similar to the printed mock-up shown.
Free-fall metal detectors are mounted to f/f/s equipment at Roskam (the square-shaped objects on the far left side of the photo
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Roskam Baking 'falls' for in-tube metal detection

In-tube metal detectors are helping contract packager Roskam Baking grow its business. The CP packs dry food products such as cereal and snacks at four plants in its home city of Grand Rapids, MI.
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Packaging for a global marketplace (sidebar)

How does a $13 billion multinational food and beverage company keep Mexico apprised of packaging developments in Morocco?
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Pick-and-place packer

New high-speed pick-and-place case packer for snacks will be unveiled by BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA). Modular packer can be adapted to horizontal or vertical bag packing.
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Thermal-transfer printer

Greydon's (York, PA) Sprint S-842 thermal-transfer printer for pharmaceutical and medical packaging is detailed in a new information sheet. Color photos accompany the description of the machine's features and benefits.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Bag-in-box line

Custom configured for baking mixes, the new turnkey bag-in-box line from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) features two heavy-duty servo augers feeding two Triangle Advantage CM bag machines for a combined output of 160 ppm to Triangle's ProLine horizontal cartoner.
Some parts of the hf/f/s machine, such as film infeed and folding, were left basically unchanged
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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs

Flexible pouches for paints used by modelers cost less and perform better than glass jars with labels and caps. Custom-built packaging equipment had to be developed first.
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Young package forms grow beyond specialty niches

Two relatively new packaging forms--stand-up flexible pouches and non-round composite canisters--are expanding their application horizons and finding a measure of consumer acceptance at retail.
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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs (sidebar)

Pouches reach U.S. in Visions line
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
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Flexible pack zips to market

A flexible bag with a transverse zipper provides consumers with 'pour-and-store' convenience for Birds Eye-brand frozen chicken-based meals.
New packs of Heath?s bird suet (above) offer consumers easy opening. At retail, they can stand on the shelf, offer appealing gra
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Flexible materials earn Green Globe Award

Heath Manufacturing wins a Green Globe Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn. for a bird suet cake package that uses less material than its predecessor. New equipment increases productivity while saving labor costs.

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