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Piston filler

APS (New Freedom, PA) will custom-design its hot-fill systems based on customer specifications. Programmable hot fillers and conveying/cooling systems are available for use with molten products such as wax, lipsticks and balms, stick deodorant and shoe polish.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Alusuisse-Lonza Holding AG (Zurich, Switzerland) has agreed to acquire Wheaton Inc. (Millville, NJ) for more than $400 million.
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PET jars

Clearplass Containers (Penn Yan, NY) has introduced a line of PET jars available in 1/2-, 1-, 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-, and 16-oz sizes. Heavy-wall PET jars are available in 2-, 4-, and 8-oz sizes.
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Sprockets

Lightweight PU sprockets from John Burton Machine (Rodeo, CA) reduce noise and add durability in chain-in-channel conveyor systems. Its noise rating of under 60 decibels falls within OSHA standards.
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Bottom-belt case sealer

EZ-Tek Industries (Deer Park, NY) has introduced the economical Easy-Taper Model BB-2. This bottom-belt case sealer is designed to tape tops and bottoms of cases measuring from 4.5" x 4" x 4" to cases of an infinite length x 22.5" x 25.5".
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Polyair Packaging (Chicago, IL) has relocated its Western operations to a larger plant at 1692 Jenks Dr., Corona, CA, 91720, phone: 909/737-7125; fax: 909/737-8021.
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Side-flange sealer

The SS-231 from Moen Industries (Santa Springs, CA) is a continuous-motion flange sealer designed to seal side-flange style containers at speeds to 50 cases/min.
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Lightweight stretch film

Litegard stretch film from Presto Products Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds Metals (Richmond, VA), has been introduced in a 40-ga variety for wrapping palletized PE bottles and similar lightweight loads.
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Stretch wrapper

The Ultramatic automatic stretch wrapping system from Weldotron (Piscataway, NJ) is designed for stretch wrapping food in trays at supermarkets and warehouse stores.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Horix Manufacturing (Pittsburgh, PA) appointed Tech Systems, Inc. (Sparta, NJ) and Technical Packaging Machinery, Inc. (Chaska, MN) as exclusive representatives.

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