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Susceptor films

Himac (Atlanta, GA) offers a line of polyester microwave susceptor films that can be chemically or corona treated to precise customer specifications.
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F/f/s system

Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) has redesigned its TOPAS® f/f/s system to increase productivity of up to 1겨 bags/hr. In addition to free-flowing bulk goods, such as plastic resins, fertilizers and chemicals, the system can now accommodate difficult-to-handle products such as PVC powders.
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Aseptics get a screw cap

In the sunny South Pacific, consumers of Punaauia, Tahiti-based Pacific Beverage Co.'s juices, nectars and alcoholic drinks--all packed in 1-L aseptic bricks--are now enjoying the convenience of a screw cap reclosure.
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.
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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General Mills downgauges costs

While heat-sealable films have long dominated flow wrapping applications, films coated with cohesives that seal through pressure alone are growing in use.
Saputo?s new MAP wrapper (far left) includes a bilingual copy display (left) that describes the product and size parameters that
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Simplified wrapper boosts output

Despite a high-tech wrapping material, Saputo had too many leakers of its block cheese packs. New wrapper greatly improves seals while it boosts line output and slashes changeover time.
Controls Product Brief
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Form/fill/seal system

Universal Packaging (Houston, TX) has redesigned the Mark Series automatic vertical f/f/s system to incorporate PLC-driven Touch Command software. All set-up and filler functions, including fill and production weights, seal temperatures, batch counts, machine timing and storage, can now be handled from a single control panel.
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Flow wrapper

Rose Forgrove's (St. Charles, IL) new Integra flow wrapper is designed for hermetic sealing of gas barrier films, including heavy-gauge and metallic laminates, at speeds to 150 packages/min.
Materials Product Brief
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Zipper tape

Perf Cap(TM) zipper tape from Minigrip/Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) is designed for individually quick-frozen poultry, seafood and vegetables. It allows resealable packages to be made from PE and structured films on vf/f/s machines.

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