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Pactiv: Slide closure pouch

Pactiv’s (Lake Forest, IL) Hefty Slide-Rite advanced closure system introduces new slide-to-close pouches adapted for packaging of cherries, grapes, and other loose fruits sold at the retail grocery level.
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Variable information printed on boxes (top) includes number of pieces in human-readable and bar-code format.
Machine Case Study
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Fruit-packing line learns to count

Hand-stamping of variable information has been replaced by automatic ink-jet printing. A machine vision system counts fruit pieces and relays totals for each box to the printer.
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Machine builders speak out on servos (sidebar)

Challenges of servos
Package Case Study
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Onions cry for resealable bag

Gills Onions is test marketing a resealable bag for four varieties of 10-oz sliced or diced onions. The Oxnard, CA-based company hopes the package will appeal to consumers brought to tears at the prospect of cutting the pungent vegetable.
One of three baggers inside Crunch Pak's cold room packs a range of sizes including its most popular item, a 1-lb zippered 
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Machine Case Study
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Bagging output soars at Crunch Pak

Low-profile vf/f/s units designed to reduce bruising pack up to 50 bags/min of different sizes that are sold to schools and stores.See in-plant video
Package Case Study
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Bagging output soars at Crunch Pak (sidebar)

Bag film: A ‘touchy’ subject
Package Case Study
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Bagged apple slices reach for the gold

Crunch Pak came through a winner at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The Wenatchee, WA, apple processor shipped 200ꯠ 2-oz bags of apple slices in sweet and tart varieties in February to Salt Lake City that were used by volunteers, staff, media, and athletes throughout all venues.
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Bagging output soars at Crunch Pak (sidebar)

Bagged apple slices reach for the gold
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IOPP 2002 AmeriStar Awards (Continued 4)

Bellows Nasal WashBest of Category: Pharmaceutical/Drug The bellows feature molded in the side of the package makes it much easier to use this nasal wash product than other similar products.
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Flexible packaging reigns (sidebar)

Additional winners

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