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Practice makes perfect

With the help of a low-cost prototype tool, ink-jet printer manufacturer Lexmark was able to successfully test mold fiber cushions as a means of protective packaging. As a result, the company enjoys both cost savings and environmental benefits.
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Planters' "tubed" peanuts are sold at retail in colorful display cartons (above). Photo below left shows the carton infeed stati
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Planters picks a packing line

Consumers are clearly fond of single-serve “tubes” of Planters nuts. An automated packaging line helps keep the nationwide pipeline full.
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Planters picks a packing line (sidebar)

Controls play a key role
Case sizes handled by the adjustable taping machine, top, range from a 10" cube to a case 32  1/2 " tall, above.
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Case taper fills tall order

E-Z Mix replaced a manual operation with a first-of-its-kind taping machine that top- and bottom-seals tall cases. Change to longer tape rolls also saves money.
Label copy (left) reflects the personalized packaging for products sold by Web marketer Reflect.com. An order of customized sham
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Beauty in the 'mouse' of the beholder

San Francisco-based reflect.com allows cyber shoppers to select closures and container graphics for custom beauty products sold exclusively on its Web site. The unusual concept requires a packaging and shipping strategy to handle individual orders.
CitruSaver's roomy fiber partition (left) allows air to circulate around grapefruit during shipment. The system's fiber pad (abo
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Fruit flourishes with first-class accommodations

Florida grapefruit buyer switches to new fiber partition system to ship fragile grapefruit to Japan, dramatically reducing complaints of damaged fruit.
RDK now uses a thermoformed corrugated tray with printing on the front liner.
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Kringle tray's a sweet success

Racine Danish Kringles is first to use a thermoformed, E-flute corrugated tray for its baked pastries. Tray delivers strength and environmental and marketing advantages.
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Kringle tray's a sweet success (sidebar)

Corrugated thermoforming goes commercial
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The legend of Jimmi; an ode to cosmetics

Last month in this space, you learned a bit about how some of us view package design, another way of saying, the “cosmetics” of packaging: how great printing or decorating of a container can attract customers.
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Pudding in paperboard

In the U.S., ready-to-eat refrigerated pudding is often sold in multipacked plastic cups with flexible lidding. But in Helsinki, Finland, dairy giant Valio Ltd.
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Tetley tea now in a Soft Pack

Tetley GB of Greenford, Middlesex, England, has introduced innovative flexible packaging that replaces paperboard cartons for tea bags in 40- 80-, 160- and 240-count sizes.
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Fruit basket in relief adorns PET bottle

A polyethylene terephthalate bottle with a uniquely sculpted fruit-basket image on its shoulder is now reaching supermarkets in 17 eastern states. The 64-oz, heat-set, hot-fill, grip bottle, supplied by Graham Packaging (York, PA), contains 100% juice products from Apple & Eve.
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Polypropylene shows growth potential

Foodservice and retail applications will help drive growth in thermoformed packaging at an annual rate of 5.6%, with polypropylene leading the way with an estimated annual growth of nearly 20%.
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OMAC Group to meet at Pack Expo

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group will meet at Pack Expo Intl. 2000 in Chicago on Nov. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For details, phone the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute at 703/243-8555.
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ANSI/PMMI safety standard released

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has announced that the revised and updated American National Standard Institute/PMMI B155.1, American National Standard for Packaging Machinery and Packaging-Related Converting Machinery, Safety Requirements for Construction, Care and Use, is now available.

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