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Monoblock machinery

M&O Perry Industries (Corona, CA) has introduced new Monobloc® Series Machinery that can be custom designed to orient, fill, close and heat-seal a wide variety of uniquely shaped medical or biotech packages.
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HeaterMeals is a truly self-contained meal and heating system. In use (above) the office worker is pouring water from the suppli
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When the package becomes the 'oven'

Designed for the military, a flameless ration heater is now used for a shelf-stable consumer entree that converts the carton into an oven. HeaterMeals packs 'everything but the appetite' into meals for people on the go.
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Decorative bourbon bottles, gift cartons hit market

In December, Heaven Hill introduced three 750-mL "Single Barrel" premium aged Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys, each in a decorative glass container placed on a special gift carton and sold throughout the year.
Along with counterfeit manuals (top row), Microsoft CD-ROM packaging has also been subject to fakes. The second row shows all c
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Countering counterfeiters

Congress wants to toughen criminal and civil penalties against product and package counterfeiting. Today, infrequent prosecutions and soft sentences drive the debate.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
4 Easy-open and reclosable 3-lb pouch handles Kaytee?s high-fat ferret food
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Flexible packaging advances reap rewards

This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
Materials Product Brief
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Color measurement

From a relatively inexpensive liquid source, PC Materials extracts silica and chemically bonds it to the surface of polyester to create clear, high-barrier films.
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Barking up the wrong trademark

Should a company be able to call its dog biscuits DOGIVA and package them like Godiva chocolates?
Materials Product Brief
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Cylindrical shipper liners

Inliners Unlimited (Monroe, LA) offers a new line of molded inserts and round-bottom bag liners designed to conform to the shape of a pail or drum. PerfectFit liners are available in a variety of materials, including nonbarrier PE films, barrier coextrusions and high-barrier laminations.
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A step up for tube-making

Keeping afoot of recent trends in the personal care category, Los Angeles, CA-based Freeman Cosmetics Corp. introduced its new line of foot care products in foot-shaped tubes designed to stand out among competitors.
The new production line for Avitene includes this filler that precisely meters one gram of the product into a polycarbonate cup.
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Flexible pack cuts waste, improves performance

MedChem's surgical hemostat is switched from rigid packaging to a flexible chevron-seal pouch that's much easier to use. The reduction in packaging helped it win FPA's Green Globe environmental award.
Ener-G Foods is phasing out the package on the far left, produced from rollstock on a thermoform/seal machine, in favor of the
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Ener-G goes glass

Silica-coated polyester in a three-layer pre-made bag gives Ener-G Foods the 12-month shelf life needed to market its dietetic bread products around the world.
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EPA delays hazardous waste container rule

EPA has extended to June 5, 1996, the effective date of its hazardous waste containers rule, now being revised. The original rule, issued in December 1994, allowed the use of steel drums and pails that comply with U.S.
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MSU announces doctoral program in packaging

Michigan State University's School of Packaging in East Lansing has announced plans to offer the world's first doctoral program in packaging beginning this fall.
Controls Product Brief
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Integral bottle cleaner

Kaps-All Packaging Systems (Riverhead, NY) has introduced the Model AC-I Integral Bottle Cleaner. It inverts containers, blasts them with filtered ionized air and vacuums them over an effective range of up to 30" without the need for twist chutes or change parts.
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Star packaging for Star Canyon

Managing partner Michael Cox believes his Star Canyon Restaurant has succeeded partly because of the way it capitalizes on its unique Dallas setting. Until recently that meant menu and decor for the most part.
2 Microperforations in the film are invisible to the naked eye
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
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Aseptic tub filler

Autoprod (Clearwater, FL) has introduced a new Gasti high-speed aseptic tub filler that uses servo-drives for product-specific settings of filling and transport parameters.

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