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California plastics law too rigid?

California's rigid plastic packaging container law, which establishes rates and dates for recycling and source reduction requirements in rigid plastic containers used in food and beverage packaging, takes effect on January 1, 1997.
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Norwegian dairy improves shelf life of gabletop for creamer

Unlike their counterparts in the U.S., many European consumers are no strangers to shelf-stable coffee creamers in aseptic bricks, even though that style of package lacks some of the user-friendliness and pouring ease of the gabletop carton.
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Corrugated handling affects bottom line

Heaven Hill's improved packaging efficiency comes not only from upgraded labelers, fillers, and other equipment. Corrugated cases also contribute, from both a receiving and shipping standpoint.
Along with counterfeit manuals (top row), Microsoft CD-ROM packaging has also been subject to fakes. The second row shows all c
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Countering counterfeiters

Congress wants to toughen criminal and civil penalties against product and package counterfeiting. Today, infrequent prosecutions and soft sentences drive the debate.
4 Easy-open and reclosable 3-lb pouch handles Kaytee?s high-fat ferret food
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Flexible packaging advances reap rewards

This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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Barking up the wrong trademark

Should a company be able to call its dog biscuits DOGIVA and package them like Godiva chocolates?
The new production line for Avitene includes this filler that precisely meters one gram of the product into a polycarbonate cup.
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Flexible pack cuts waste, improves performance

MedChem's surgical hemostat is switched from rigid packaging to a flexible chevron-seal pouch that's much easier to use. The reduction in packaging helped it win FPA's Green Globe environmental award.
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MSU announces doctoral program in packaging

Michigan State University's School of Packaging in East Lansing has announced plans to offer the world's first doctoral program in packaging beginning this fall.
2 Microperforations in the film are invisible to the naked eye
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
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General Mills downgauges costs

While heat-sealable films have long dominated flow wrapping applications, films coated with cohesives that seal through pressure alone are growing in use.
Saputo?s new MAP wrapper (far left) includes a bilingual copy display (left) that describes the product and size parameters that
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Simplified wrapper boosts output

Despite a high-tech wrapping material, Saputo had too many leakers of its block cheese packs. New wrapper greatly improves seals while it boosts line output and slashes changeover time.
Cap feeder delivers caps to capper, which has a removable brass chute end (inset) dedicated to each cap size. No tools are neede
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Versatility drives Shrader line design

A short while ago, contract packager Shrader Canada rarely filled more than 8ꯠ bottles of liquid automotive products per shift. A new and versatile line now lets the firm reach 26ꯠ per shift .
Brushes wipe neck and body labels onto spirits bottles on Heaven Hill?s PET filling line (above), and to 750-mL square glass bot
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Labelers help Heaven Hill reach new heights

Rotary labelers lift Heaven Hill Distilleries' spirits by boosting application speed and reducing downtime and labor costs associated with prior picker labelers.
PC Materials uses vacuum chamber coating equipment in its low-temperature plasma coating process. Here the substrate is visible
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Will silica coatings become more affordable?

From a relatively inexpensive liquid source, PC Materials extracts silica and chemically bonds it to the surface of polyester to create clear, high-barrier films.
Film rolls are locked into position via quick-release levers to make changes quick. Just below the film unwind, Saputo uses an i
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Quick changeover

Beyond improved package seals, the other critical feature of the Integra is the ease of change- over, in part because of the simplicity of the machine.

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