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Matrix finds 'suede' takes special handling (sidebar)

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Bottles grow 'greener' with PCR

It took three years of development work, HDPE bottles produced for Clorox household cleaners by Owens-Brockway now incorporate 25% PCR material.
3. Envirogluv technology used to decorate this Revlon container is energy efficient and uses inks that are free of heavy metals.
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Setting up shop

Merck, Revlon and Clorox developed unique packaging technology for their own use. Now those developments are generating revenue through licensing to other firms.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
2:Controlled permeability in the film lidstock is the key to extended shelf life on this salad bowl.
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Foods fit fine in flexibles

Half of the 12 winners in this year's FPA awards competition for excellence in flexible packaging are food packages. A broad range of food categories are represented.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

Besides speed, any equipment on the Body Care line must fit into Mary Kay's packaging philosophy, which places a premium on flexibility. That's understandable.
This part of the monobloc (above) shows bottles indexing first to the filling heads, then to the plugging stations. Tracks feedi
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities

Sterile filling of opthalmic solutions becomes automated with PLC-controlled filler/plugger/capper that quadruples speed. Special part-feeding systems enhance clean-room packaging.
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Monobloc boosts Akorn's capabilities (sidebar)

Improved plugging & capping
Clear film wrap (below) lets warehouse people at Savannah and at its customers?s facilities see plainly what?s inside a bundle
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Sugar producer sweetens bundling methods

When Savannah Foods switched from a paper bundler to a shrink film bundler for 4- and 5-lb retail bags, downtime was reduced sharply. Costs are down, too.

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