Applications

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Shrink tunnels

K.O.E. (E. Norwalk, CT) has developed the EKOShrink line of moderately priced shrink tunnels. Designed for lines with slower speeds, a range of models shrink neck bands onto packages ranging from small pharmaceutical vials to large tubs.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Millennium Petrochemicals Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) plans to shut down its HDPE production plant in La Porte, TX, by the end of 1998. The company will add 200 million lb/yr of LDPE and LLDPE capacities by the end of 2001 by debottlenecking existing reactors in Clinton, IA, Port Arthur and La Porte, TX.
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Case packer for pouches

The Efficia 100 case packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is designed to pack a wide variety of individually pouched products such as coffee, iced tea and cereal into a case.
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Dairy, juice products come up short

U.S. packagers of fluid milk, juice, yogurt and cottage cheese can expect more unannounced inspections from federal and state agencies seeking underfilled products.
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Glass bottles

Demptos Glass (Louisville, KY) has added new shapes to its line of multi-colored glass bottle containers. Several colors and coating variations are possible.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Millennium Petrochemicals (Cincinnati, OH) entered into an alliance with MSI Technology (Arlington Heights, IL) for the sale of Millennium's Plexar® tie-layer resins.
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Foodservice paperboard

A new line of dual ovenable release (DOR) paperboard for the foodservice and perishable bakery products markets has been introduced by International Paper (Purchase, NY).
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Trial-size vials

Shower gels, body lotions, perfumes, day/night creams, shampoos, and conditioners are just some of the products that can be sampled using Vialpaq® from Flexpaq (S.
Early shipments of the product carried a label covering only half the lid, but now a round label covering the whole lid provide
Feature Article
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Fruit's best fresh, MAP cup proves

Canadian fruit marketer uses modified atmosphere packaging to get a fresh fruit combo, with an 18-day shelf life, to convenience stores via central distribution channels.
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Oral-B, Nickelodeon brush up on oral care graphics

Last month, Belmont, CA-based Oral-B Laboratories introduced a line of collectible tooth brushes and pastes branded with children's cable television network Nickelodeon(TM) and its hit show, "Rugrats." Designed by Kornick Lindsay (Chicago, IL), the colorful packaging/product is part of "a strategic partnership between Oral-B and Nickelodeon in which the packaging helps fight the battle to get kids to brush and make it a better experience," says Sheree Lucas, Oral-B product manager.
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One-piece closure

Designed specifically for the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, the Low Profile Squeeze-Lok® closure is available from Rexam Closures (Evansville, IN).
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Shell Chemical Co. (Houston, TX) entered a distribution agreement with M.A. Hanna Resin Distribution (Lemont, IL) for Shell's Carilon® polymers.
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Moisture permeation system

The MAS 1000(TM) moisture barrier measurement system from Testing Machines (Islandia, NY) is designed to measure the precise level at which moisture will permeate and diffuse through packaging materials.
Labeled bottles travel through this 0;bridge? between the molding plant and the bottling operation on what may be the longest a
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
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Quick-change feature

Chase-Logeman's (Greensboro, NC) ChaseLock(TM) instant-release, vial-and-stopper feeder bowl-and-track system is now available on the company's FS Series of filling and stopper insertion machines.
Dow Chemical has been awarded more than 60 patents for the technology, products and applications stemming from its INSITE9; c
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Patently controversial

Big business is losing the fight to make patent applications public. But it's gaining on its goal of creating a better funded, better operated U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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F-style container

In-line fluorinated and ultra-clean HDPE containers for packaging of solvent-based and high-purity products have been introduced by Airopak (Manchester, PA).
Mounted on the top-and-bottom taper is an ink-jet coder that prints name of product, expiration date, and lot code on one side
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Herbal tea marketer brews packaging improvements

Smooth conveyor connections and a programmable logic controller accessed via touchscreen have boosted efficiency and productivity at this northern California tea marketer.

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