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Thermoformed containers

Clamshells and two-piece packaging can be custom-thermoformed by Capco Plastics (El Paso, TX). Made of either PVC or Eastar(TM) PETG copolyester from Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN), they can be produced in thicknesses from 7.5 to 40 mil, in sizes beginning at 2" sq.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Integra II from Sasib Packaging North America (Skokie, IL) is a form/fill/seal machine that produces a pillow-style pouch designed for dry, free-flowing products.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American Frozen Food Institute (McLean, VA): McNair Bishop, vp, industry & govt. affairs.
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X-ray provides total inspection

A metal detector at the end of each packaging line may be fairly typical for any type of food packaging operation. Herr's tried that route a few years ago, only to experience many false rejects.
Materials Product Brief
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Bulk back unloading frame

Material Transfer and Storage (Allegan, MI) has introduced a bulk bag unloading frame for the chemical, pharmaceuticals and plastics industries. Full bags are placed inside this freestanding frame and then lifted by hoist or fork truck to the top of the frame.
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Films for teas, coffee

Wolff Walsrode (Walsrode, Germany) provides multilayer films for packaging coffee, tea or instant products. For vacuum packing of ground coffee, Walopeel L products have an easy-peel sealing layer with a constant seal strength through a broad range of temperatures.
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Drop-in replacement film cuts costs

President Baking Co., Atlanta, GA, saved 10% in material costs by making a switch in films for its Famous Amos® brand cookies in a 16-oz bag-in-box package.
On the 2-oz line, the robotic head prepares to place 20 cups into a waiting case. To the left of the head is a sheet inserter th
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Robotics automate portion packing

Robotic packing cell case-packs delicate portion cups at speeds of 500 cups/min. Integrated system incorporates a stand-alone case erector and automatic tier sheet placer.
Materials Product Brief
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LDPE resin for bags

Quantum (Cincinnati, OH) has designed a new LDPE resin for high-clarity blown and cast films used to make extruded bags that are easy to open for bakery products or produce.
News
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New grips and a Clear Choice Award

Neither a sports drink nor an iced tea, Talking Rain Beverage Co.'s new Ice(TM) Flavored Water began appearing on store shelves this June in a custom-designed 24-oz bottle known as "The Grip." "It took two years to design this bottle," says John Stevens, founder of the Preston, WA-based company.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
Materials Product Brief
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Barrier shrink films

Cryovac®'s (Duncan, SC) new barrier shrink films help maintain the quality of moisture-sensitive products in a thin, clear package with market appeal.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 registration: ReedSpectrum's (Holden, MA) Albion, MI, and Minneapolis, MN, design and R&D facilities for making plastic color and additive concentrates; Watlow Controls (Winona, MN); Great Plains Packaging's (Hastings, NE) folding carton plant; Fletcher Corp.'s (Alpena, MI) paper plant; Alvey (St.
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Pairing pack styles with markets

With Bass's vast reach to more than 70 different export markets, what determines which pack style is used for a given market?
Materials Product Brief
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Label film for squeeze bottles

New Fasson® Crystal FasClear® TC from Fasson Films (Painesville, OH) is a 2.5-mil top-coated, coextruded polyolefin film designed for application to squeeze bottles used in the health and beauty or pharmaceutical industries.
In the foreground are 12 freshly blown bottles waiting to be discharged by pickoff-pins. Visible in the background are 12 prefor
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Modular molds add flexibility to bottle molding

Unique system makes it easier for packagers to have custom bottles injection/ blow molded even when the number of bottles needed is relatively low.
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Twist-wrapper coating

The Twistall System from UCB Transpac (Brussels, Belgium) allows thin films to be used as a twisting material for candy, throat lozenges, or similar applications.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

NOVA Corp. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) plans to purchase ARCO Chemical's (Newtown Square, PA) plastics business, including DYLITE® EPS and DYLARK® engineering resins product lines.

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