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Input/output module

Turck (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the busstop(TM) input/output module for DeviceNet(TM) networks. The module is designed to connect standard input/output devices to a "bus," which is the communications system linking electrical components in a packaging line.
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Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 registration: ReedSpectrum's (Holden, MA) Albion, MI, and Minneapolis, MN, design and R&D facilities for making plastic color and additive concentrates; Watlow Controls (Winona, MN); Great Plains Packaging's (Hastings, NE) folding carton plant; Fletcher Corp.'s (Alpena, MI) paper plant; Alvey (St.
Materials Product Brief
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Foam-in-bag system

Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has introduced a low-density top-fill packaging foam that expands to 200 times its original liquid volume to hold products in place within a shipper.
Materials Product Brief
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Void fill

EcoPak® is a void fill packing material from Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) made of 100% kraft paper. Because of its interlocking design, users need 10 to 15% less EcoPak than other loose-fill materials, says the company.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Arpac L.P. (Schiller Park, IL): Robert A. Green, natl. account mgr., beverage industry.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Graham Packaging (York, PA) and Lido Plast (Buenos Aires, Argentina) are forming a joint-venture called Lido Plast-Graham (Buenos Aires, Argentina) that will produce plastic packages for food, personal care, household products and auto lubricants.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Anchor Glass Container Corp. (Tampa, FL) is to be the sole glass supplier to The Stroh Brewery Co. (Detroit, MI) in an exclusive 15-yr agreement.
Machine Product Brief
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Bottle capper

Fogg Filler (Holland, MI) offers a free-standing capper that applies a wide variety of caps on bottles at speeds to 400/min. Magnetic heads apply consistent torque.
Materials Product Brief
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Hot-stamping foil

Open Date Systems (Grantham, NH) has introduced a new hot-stamping foil that uses aqueous instead of solvent-based coatings. ODSI-EStar is suited for date and lot coding on pharmaceutical products.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Cincinnati Milacron (Cincinnati, OH): Bruce Kozak, vp, mktg. group, U.S. plastics machinery.; Dale Werle, operations mgr., injection molding.

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