Applications

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'Flexibility' sought in machinery at Pack Expo 96

Versatile machines that will allow manufacturers multiple packaging options was one of the frequent answers in Packaging World's second exclusive survey of Pack Expo registrants. Large buying teams and longer visits are also planned this year.
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Self-locking anti-static PETG clamshell (above) provides ample protection while reducing costs and labor. It required no change
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Clamshell cuts costs for computer boards

Anti-static PETG clamshell costs less than previous bag and foam combination. Packaging steps are reduced from three to one.
One key to wrapping six somewhat unstable lightweight bottles is a movable bridge that transports the bottle group as they?
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Chesebrough 'raves' about new bundler

Dual-lane shrink bundler for six-packs of Rave hairspray allows plant to run line at 200+ bpm, and higher speeds are being considered. New handling features cut downtime.
On their way to palletizing, 12-packs of Pepsi are gently conveyed on two tracks of coated plastic chain (above). When packs bac
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Carton conveyor cleans up beverage act

As an alternative to roller conveyors, a chain conveyor carries beverage packs 900' without scuffing or marring.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN), has merged its Specialty Packaging Plastics and Performance Plastics businesses to create Specialty Plastics.
Filled bags of pre-mix antibiotics (such as the one at left) convey to a manual inspection station (above) where production asso
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning

Automated set up, packing and labeling of cartons containing antibiotic I.V. bags saves Baxter Healthcare nearly $2 million/year in labor and material costs.
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USDA-approved inks

Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) has introduced six USDA-conforming inks for use in the Genesis Singleline and Twinline small-character ink-jet printers. They're acceptable for incidental contact with food products, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Raising the bar on training
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Supplier news: Achievements

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) is among the world's 100 best-managed companies according to a recent Industry Week report.
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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.
Steve Daniels checks the vision system as filled and capped bottles index to a downstream cooler
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Ocean Spray's vision improves inspection

Juice maker automates vision system for detecting fill heights and cap application on PET bottles containing hot-filled juices. Productivity rises, labor costs decline, resulting in payback in less than one year.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Key Technology (Walla Walla, WA) acquired a machine vision pharmaceutical inspection product line from Oncoor, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD).
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Foam-in-bag system

Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has introduced a low-density top-fill packaging foam that expands to 200 times its original liquid volume to hold products in place within a shipper.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Anchor Glass Container Corp. (Tampa, FL) is to be the sole glass supplier to The Stroh Brewery Co. (Detroit, MI) in an exclusive 15-yr agreement.
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HDPE films

Process modifications have improved the tear performance of Monax® Plus oriented HDPE films produced by Tredegar Industries (Richmond, VA). Traditional paper/poly/foil/poly pouches, product overwraps and stand-up pouches are examples of packaging that can benefit from these improved films.
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FDA proposes dating for condom packs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that manufacturers put expiration dates on packages of condoms. U.S.-made products typically carry "when manufactured" dates, but they are not required by federal law.
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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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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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