The Efficia 400 from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is an automated system that delivers bagged liquids or dry goods from f/f/s machines, counts and layers the bags as they're deposited into a set-up case and then discharges the case onto a central delivery conveyor leading to the case sealer.
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.
General Packaging Equipment's (Houston, TX) line of automatic liquid vertical form/fill/seal machines can now produce bags with screw caps. Bags must be made of a heat-sealable material, and can be as large as 14" x 22".
The Label-Aire Model 2138-Series D high-speed printer/applicator from Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) produces p-s labels ranging in size from 0.75" x 0.5" to 4.65" x 10" at a rate of 10"/sec.
Matthews Intl.'s (Pittsburgh, PA) Jet-A-Mark® CIJ-6700 ink-jet printer prints small characters onto most packages. A removable hand terminal allows message programming and editing, while daily functions are controlled with a built-in interface.