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Machine Product Brief
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Automatic weigher

Batching Systems (Owings, MD) has introduced its Batchmaster® Fast Automatic Weigher. Unique to this system is a feeder bowl and patent-pending accumulator system that allows constant feeding of product.
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Controls Product Brief
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Packaging Software

United CAD/CAM Systems (Maple Grove, MN) has unveiled its new packaging software, Packaging Assistant. The software is avail-able in three modules- 2D, 3D and Product Data Manager-to meet the various needs of all packaging engineers.
Machine Product Brief
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Dual-infeed palletizer

The Model HSP-6DI is a dual-infeed automatic case palletizer from Currie Machinery Co. (Santa Clara, CA). Developed for high-speed production lines, it can accommodate speeds to 140 cases/min, depending on case and pattern specifications.
Materials Product Brief
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Spouted bulk bag liner

Rhino liners from Custom Packaging Systems (Manistee, WI) are one-piece liners that can be made in single or multiple plies, in a range of thicknesses.
Machine Product Brief
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Tray packer

The CP 170 tray packer from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) accumulates product and indexes, packs and seals up to 25 trays/min. Its modular configuration and innovative design allow fast changeovers.
Materials Product Brief
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Snap-hinge closures

The Eco Closure from Zeller Plastik (Libertyville, IL) is a PP snap-hinge dispensing closure that offers a 30% source reduction over a push/pull closure of the same neck size.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Bostik Inc. (Middleton, MA) acquired Shell Chemical Co.'s (Akron, OH) Specialty Copolyester Product Line.
Machine Product Brief
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Transfer system and magazine loader

R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced two robotic systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical packagers. The Flexible Transfer System allows transfer of solid products from a conveyor into cartons erected on a Jones CMV cartoner.
Materials Product Brief
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Recycled bubble cushioning

Sealed Air's (Saddle Brook, NJ) AirCap® and Polycap® bubble cushioning materials are now made with a minimum of 30% recycled plastic, not including internal scrap, and at least 15% post-consumer content.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: International news

Vitro, S.A. (Mexico) and its U.S. subsidiary Anchor Glass Corp. plan to "significantly increase" capital expenditures over the next 18 months for new glass forming machines.

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