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Standards availability

American Society for Testing and Materials (West Conshohocken, PA) standards can now be delivered within 10 minutes to any fax machine, anytime, says the organization.
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Materials Product Brief
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Shrink film bundler

The DuraTech I Series shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) uses an in-line infeed to bundle trays or multipacks at speeds to 30/min, depending on pack pattern and product size.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International agreements

Chesapeake Corp. (Richmond, VA) reached a preliminary agreement in principle for St. Laurent Paperboard Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) to purchase Chesapeake's West Point, VA, kraft products mill, four box plants and other related assets.
Controls Product Brief
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Terminal block

The UDK 4-ILA 500 terminal block from Phoenix Contact (Harrisburg, PA) indicates current loop status to eliminate downtime when investigating circuit faults.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Amoco Chemicals (Chicago, IL), Magnetic Separation Systems, Inc. (Nashville, TN), Shell Chemical Co. (Akron, OH), and Wellman, Inc.
Machine Product Brief
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Volumetric piston filler

All-Fill's (Exton, PA) Model 305 single-head volumetric piston filler is suitable for a wide range of liquids, creams, pastes and other viscous products.
Machine Product Brief
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Friction feeder

Streamfeeder's (Minneapolis, MN) Silver Series S275 Universal Friction Feeder(TM) with intelligent controller and bar-code reader inserts small products like pharmaceutical leaflets and prepaid phone cards quickly and accurately.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

FMS Manufacturing (Visalia, CA) has changed its name to Serpa Packaging Solutions.
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Temperature-sensitive film for fresh produce

Apio Inc. Value Added Group of Guadalupe, CA, is among the first companies to use a new technology for fresh-cut produce packaging. Developed by Landec (Menlo Park, CA), the Intellipac(TM) technology is based on an unusual "side chain crystallizable" polymer having an internal "temperature switch." At elevated temperatures, when respiring produce needs more oxygen, the polymer becomes more permeable, allowing the necessary oxygen in.
Materials Product Brief
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Slip masterbatch

Product 100907 is a new slip masterbatch for polyolefins from Ampacet (Tarrytown, NY). Product 100907 contains 5% of a modified amide and is specifically developed for water-based ink or sealing and laminating applications in which conventional slip additives may result in adhesion problems.

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