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Semi-automatic capping (above) helps Nakano Foods keep capital costs down as it gauges demand for new products like its Mitsukan
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Flexible filling for salad dressings

Japanese food company Nakano Foods tests U.S. demand for its salad dressings with a flexible moderate-volume filling line.
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Even companies as large as Pillsbury recognize the payback from quick response to consumers? changing tastes. Product developmen
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We want it 'faster, faster, faster'

Packaging professionals are becoming scarcer at Pillsbury. Now the company is sourcing its packaging through teams, and it relies far more on suppliers for packaging R&D. Still, it seeks to cut time from the process.
Inside the blow/fill/seal machine, a plastic extrusion is surrounded by the mold (1), conformed to the mold with vacuum, and fil
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A new Dey for aseptic blow/fill/seal

A trio of latest-generation blow/fill/seal machines for aseptic respiratory care products are the first in the U.S. Dey Laboratories receives one-third higher production, better sterility and labor-saving CIP/SIP.
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.
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Quick-change feature

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) ChaseLock(TM) instant-release, vial-and-stopper feeder bowl-and-track system is now available on the company's FS Series of filling and stopper insertion machines.
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One-piece closure

Designed specifically for the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, the Low Profile Squeeze-Lok® closure is available from Rexam Closures (Evansville, IN).
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Glass bottles

Demptos Glass (Louisville, KY) has added new shapes to its line of multi-colored glass bottle containers. Several colors and coating variations are possible.
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Shrink tunnels

K.O.E. (E. Norwalk, CT) has developed the EKOShrink line of moderately priced shrink tunnels. Designed for lines with slower speeds, a range of models shrink neck bands onto packages ranging from small pharmaceutical vials to large tubs.
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Heat seal technology

Perfecseal (Philadelphia, PA) has introduced PerfecFlex(TM) CPT (Clean-Peel Transfer) heat sealant. This new polymeric material can be laminated to or extrusion-coated onto a variety of films.
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Versatile labeler

MMI Automated Systems (Savanna, IL) has introduced the LM-1000, a semi-automatic tabletop labeler that can serve as a label dispenser, tamp applicator, round-product applicator and wraparound (flag) applicator.

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