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An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
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The brush box feeder (far left), shown lifted off the web, uses a series of brushes to distribute tablets into cavities. Interna
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Tf/f/s machine big on performance, not price

Contract packager finds Argentine-built thermoform/fill/seal blister packaging equipment provides fast and flexible changeover capabilities at an economical price.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
The SCADA software picks up real-time production data from flow wrappers (inset) and other equipment, displaying results in a gr
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Software helps Hershey slay downtime

Powerful software allows Hershey to automatically gather packaging efficiency data. Local and remote line control and monitoring are added bonuses.
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Employee retention through TLC (sidebar)

Capitalizing on multiple locations
Roland Baker (inset) checks the nitrogen level in bags of Wise potato chips. To package its chips, Wise Foods, uses 33 bagging m
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Teamwork pays off for everyone

Wise and its film suppliers work together to develop a new metallized oriented polypropylene film that can handle the demands of potato chip packaging.
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P&G tests snacks in stand-up, resealable pouches

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble has begun test-marketing Eagle-brand snack foods in stand-up pouches with zipper reclosures. The test, which began in August, is only in Portland, ME.
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Cellulose film is a star

Candy maker Bonbons Napoleon NV has started packaging its sweets in UCB Films' (Smynra, GA) Star-Twist(TM) 315 XC.
Kyle McMullen (above), president of Newhall Coffee Roasting Company, also serves as packaging engineer and machine operator for
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Small machine is big business for coffee roaster

A compact form/fill/seal machine makes a packaging engineer out of an entrepreneur and launches a whole new business in the process.
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Norwood Marking Systems: Continuous-motion stamper

Clear imprints in a continuous-motion application are now possible with CodeRunner from Norwood Marking (Downers Grove, IL). Designed for easy mounting to form/fill/seal lines and overwrappers and labelers, the system produces nonsmearing imprints of lot numbers, pull dates, pricing and other information at up to 250 cycles/min at speeds to 1귔"/min.
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Greydon Inc: Reciprocating intermittent-motion codes

Greydon Inc.'s (York, PA) GC-440 reciprocating ink printer has a 4" x 4" print area, which makes it possible to print an entire Nutrition Facts box on a package.
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Dissimilar packs share honors

A powder medication inhaler and unusual bags for an ice melter and for pet food earn recognition at DuPont's 12th awards competition.
Glaxo Wellcome keeps packaging engineers like Melissa Bonner (far left) invested in their jobs by asking them to participate in
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Keep work interesting, and they'll stay

To keep good packaging professionals, say the experts Packaging World talked to, challenge them with interesting work. Let them be creative, autonomous, even entrepreneurial.
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Triangle Package Machinery Co.: Bag-in-box line

A new BIB packaging line from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) includes a Selectacom 918 in-line computer scale, Advantage CM bag machine and the company's new ProLine HCM horizontal cartoner.
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Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Bell-Mark Corp.: Flexo printer

The Flex Print Flexographic web printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) prints on material from all hf/f/s machines. Patented geared "S" wrap drive requires no direct mechanical connection to operate the printer.

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