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Tabletop carton/card printer

Model 1016A tabletop carton/card printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) flexographically prints text, bar codes or variable information onto flat cartons or cards measuring up to 10" x 10".
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High-gloss HDPE

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) now supplies most of its stock HDPE bottles in a high-gloss material. This material has a surface gloss comparable to PVC and PET, says Richards, but with the cost advantages of HDPE.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) and Gaylord Container Corp. (Deerfield, IL) have agreed to combine their retail packaging operations to form S&G Packaging Co.
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Inverter-fed motors

Baldor Electric Co. (Fort Smith, AK) introduces a new 14-page technical handbook on the fundamentals of inverter-fed motors. Topics include how inverters affect motors, typical types of motor problems caused by inverters, suggested solutions to these and other problems, application engineering, motor selection and how to properly adjust inverter operating limits.
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Supplier news: Achievements

A.R. Arena Products, Inc. (Rochester, NY) received the Robert Schad Environmental Award for the Atlas 640 Shipper(TM).
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Auger filler

The All-Fill (Exton, PA) Model SV-400 auger filler provides accurate, repeatable filling of powders, granulates and liquids. It uses The Cerebus III control system, a brushless, direct-drive servo motor with motion control electronics to control the auger for precise filling.
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Corona-treated film test

The American Society of Test Methods (ASTM) announces the approval of a new test method for determining the surface energy of corona-treated films. The new test method, ASTM5679-96, is entitled "Test Method for Corona-Treated Polymer Films Using Water Contact Angle Measurements." Method allows for the inclusion of measuring all polymer films, unlike the older test that measured only PP and PE films.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

North American Packaging Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has reached an agreement with Park-Ohio, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) to purchase Bennett Industries (Peotone, IL) for approximately $50 million; also its Story City, IA, Consumer and Industrial Bag Div.
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Pneumatic clamp and eject system

For use in ultrasonic plastic welding, a new pneumatic clamp and eject system from Branson Ultrasonics (Danbury, CT) is custom-designed to fit specific parts.
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Bar code scanner

Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) introduced a new bar code scanner from Accu-Sort Systems that works in- line to ensure readable printed bar codes.

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