Applications

Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
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Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
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Custom chemical labels

Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) offers p-s label stock for chemical labeling applications such as drum identification. Labels can be customized to withstand most environments, or given a UV-resistant coating to meet OSHA regulations.
Shown at interpack 96, this half-liter returnable beer bottle was filled for test purposes by Mayr Brewery of Germany
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Testing the power of PEN

Tests of hot-filled jam in a jar and pasteurized beer in bottles are among the latest signs that PEN's packaging potential may soon be realized.
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Bill has EPA policing plastics

If Sen. Al D'Amato (R-NY) has his way, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be forced to develop a screening program for estrogenicity that would test all substances-including chemicals used in packaging-for negative effects on the human estrogen system.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Bottles fuel use of recycled resin

Chevron incorporates recycled-content resin in its bottles for fuel additives, taking a proactive approach to potential legislative container requirements.
At top, Boston Beer?s Samuel Adams brand notches the edge of its bottle label to indicate the ?best before? date on a 12-month p
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Brewers getting 'fresh'

BATF weighs brewers' petitions for freshness dating, and considers requiring brewers to disclose corporate names.
The rebuilt cartoner and a modified bottle loader (above) enabled Chattem to almost double its package output. The new PamprinÂ
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Preventive medicine for pharmaceutical producer

CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.
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PVC blister film

Mirrex® 1025 PVC pharmaceutical blister film from American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) provides faster cycle times, and forms at temperatures as low as 67° C.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Exxon Chemical (Houston, TX) and DSM (Heerlen, The Netherlands) have formed a joint venture to manufacture and market Exxpol® metallocene plastomers called Dex-Plastomers V.O.F.
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Shaping technology injects market excitement in metal cans

Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
A polypropylene jar and special closure of high-density polyethylene have replaced a glass jar and metal cap to contain hot-fil
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Salsa jar sealed 'first class'

Polypropylene replaces glass jar for hot-filled salsa served on Reno Air flights. Special linerless cap holds vacuum, yielding 90-day shelf life.
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Tabletop carton/card printer

Model 1016A tabletop carton/card printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) flexographically prints text, bar codes or variable information onto flat cartons or cards measuring up to 10" x 10".
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

The Films Div. of Mobil Chemical Co. (Pittsford, NY): A.R. (Andy) Purdue, mgr., manufacturing for the Americas.
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Bottle bill expansion likely to make ballot in Oregon

It appears almost certain that proponents of a ballot initiative expanding Oregon's bottle bill will collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot in November.
The bowl?s ?foot? not only enables the package to stand nicely in a refrigerated display, it also keeps the cheese or meat as cl
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Bowling them over in the produce aisle

The latest innovation from Tanimura & Antle is a line of single-serve fresh-cut salads packed in a thermoformed bowl. Refrigerated shelf life is two weeks.
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Carton's hologram excites kids

To enter the children's market, African Pride Products introduced its hair creme relaxer in a paperboard carton decorated with a dazzling hologram.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Quantum Chemical Co. (Cincinnati, OH) will be a major part of a new company named Millennium Chemicals Inc. (Iselin, NJ).

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