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Valve applicator

Marble Manor's (Corbett, OR) VA100 series valve applicator for vacuum-packed coffee uses a heat-sealing process to apply a variety of valves to coffee bags, allowing gases from beans to escape quickly.
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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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Flexibles mark technical achievements

FPA '94 competition winners created specialized packs: a child-resistant, easy-open bag and a recloseable handle bag for insecticides; a flexible wrapper for a rare crystal block; and a special bag containing a tarnish preventer for shipping jewelry.
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Flexibles promote 'enviropackaging'

Refill packs for Tide and Cheer laundry detergent garnered FPA's "Green Globe" award for 1994. Three other FPA winners were also big contributors to source reduction efforts.
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Flat-bottom bag system

The Acceleron flat-bottom bag system from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) continually produces gabletop, flat-bottom packages from any supported material, including kraft paper, Mylar®, metallized foils and other product-specific packaging films.
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Weight selection system

Eagle Packaging (Oakland, CA) has introduced the Golden Eagle Weight Selection System for fragile, frozen, bulky or hard-to-handle products. Keeps giveaways to less than 1g/lb.
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Water soluble PVOH film

New Monosol® PVOH film from Chris Craft (South Holland, IL) has anti-blocking and low friction/low tack properties, as well as an increased heat seal range for faster and easier use by end users and converters.
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In-line blister f/f/s

The BM-A f/f/s machine from CSD Intl. (Shelburne Falls, MA) is designed for blister packaging of small- and medium-sized products. With production speeds to 25 cycles/min, it is suitable for hand loading or integration with a production mach-ine.
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F/f/s machine

Rennco's (Homer, MI) 501-36 f/f/s machine produces bags from 2" x 2" to 18" x 36", using various shrink films or PE. Uses a stepper film feed drive and motorized film feed cart.
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F/f/s blister packer

Klckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the Compacker 3, a f/f/s blister packing machine. Low in cost, it offers the largest format in its price range, says the company, and is ideal for generic pharmaceuticals and contract packagers.

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