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Inline-applied slider-closure first

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Sargento Foods is the first commercial user of Pactiv's Hefty® Slide-Rite® closure system on a form/fill/seal package.
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High-speed sleever debut

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Running at an unprecedented 800 sleeves/min, Coastal Sleeve Label (Brunswick, GA) is showcasing its Autowrap wrapper from Hauni Richmond (Richmond, VA). Seams are made online, reducing production time 35%.
Chalone Vineyard wine uses Regale's InPart3; non-scuffing partition system, which is in production now.
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Molded pulp protective packaging breakthrough

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Chalone Vineyard wine bottles will be the first to use Regale’s new protective packaging technology, which reduces costs by 80% and reduces lead time by 90%, according to the supplier. Libbey Glass and Hewlett Packard are currently testing the packaging.
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RFID tags metal beer kegs

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Metal-iTag™, a new metal asset tracking solution from Marconi's InfoChain div. (Wood Dale, IL), was displayed on empty beer kegs at its booth. Marconi’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology offers real-time product identification. Metal-iTag is currently being beta tested with all major brewers nationwide, according to Marconi.
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Family ties unite CPET tray to peelable lid

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Kahiki Foods, Columbus, OH, introduced family-sized frozen dinner in September, packaged in a dual-oven CPET tray featuring a plastic-coated peelable paperboard lid. The lid is heat-sealed to the CPET tray on a Gralex Model RHS-6 rotary heat sealer, which was on display at the Gralex booth.
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Internet-enabled print engines

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Thermal-transfer label printers Internet-enabled for remote print management were on display at the booth of Zebra Technologies.
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Ciba introduces oil and water repellent for paper

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: The new Lodyne® water-based fluorochemical from Ciba Specialty Chemicals is a high-performance oil, grease and water repellent suitable for paper, paperboard and molded paper products.
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Resealing in a snap

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO:Easy Snap is a new type of reclosable flexible package introduced by SIG Pack. Unlike a zipper reclosure, Easy Snap consists of two rigid "tracks" that span the width of the bag.
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Three-minute changeover thermoformer

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Doyen Medipharm says its new tool-less changeover MT2500 thermoform packaging machine is the first to produce a range of pack sizes with a single set of seal tooling.
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Three-sided pouch wrapper

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: A new SIG HSF wrapper was unveiled from SIG Pack Systems. Kraft (Glenview, IL) has two machines producing its new Deli Deluxe line of cheese. Reclosability is achieved through online zipper-band application onto the film.
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Estee Lauder's promo display

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: In August, Estee Lauder chose a 3”-diameter tubed secondary container from Flex Products to display its skin care product promotion. Displayed at the Flex Products booth, the tube contains a folding carton-packaged product that's suspended inside.
The white corrugated box from Weyerhaeuser is strong enough for stacking . . .
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Economical shipping/display case

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Vitners snack products, is the first user of an economical display case from Weyerhaeuser.
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Laser-guided vehicles at Latrobe

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Rolling Rock beer brewer Latrobe Brewery, Latrobe, PA, bought three Elettric 80 laser-guided vehicles in early 2000 to move pallets of finished product throughout its warehouse. The same model was running non-stop at the Sasib booth.
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Cartoner favors operator training

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Small-footprint, servo-driven Stealth cartoner from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) features a Windows NT HMI touchscreen with online manuals and self-diagnostics for operator training.
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High-speed vision inspection for closures

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: White Cap demonstrated a new vision inspection system that inspects for proper application of plastic closures onto rigid containers at speeds to 1겨 bpm.

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