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Eastman announces new LLDPEs

The debate over metallocene technology continued at the National Plastics Exposition '97 when Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) announced two new linear-low-density polyethylenes.
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Zipper boosts sales of bagged carrots

After introducing a reclosable zipper for its 2- and 5-lb bags of peeled baby carrots last March, Grimmway Farms of Bakersfield, CA, saw its sales jump, says marketing manager Patty Boman.
The side-by-side lines (left) are used by DISA to handle non-free-flowing products that contain cornmeal and brown sugar or lard
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Auger filler takes on challenging cornmeal

DISA's 60ꯠ-sq' facility in Cali, Colombia, was almost four years old before one of its packaging lines became fully operational. The division of food giant CPC Intl., discovered that Maizena, a family of corn-flour-based mixes for puddings, cakes, and beverages, was very difficult to fill accurately.
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Boskovich tests microwavable vegetable pack

Fresh produce in convenient, value-added packaging was in abundance at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago. Among those entering this fast-growing category is Boskovich Farms.
Validation of Organon?s newest vial labeler was made much easier by a comprehensive validation protocol devised by the vendor.
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Labeler makes the grade

Pharmaceuticals maker Organon, Inc. relied on its equipment vendor to devise a complete validation procedure for its new labeler before it hit the production floor.
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Haircare whipped into shape

Hair Research Labs of Santa Monica, CA, has introduced a new Hairobics line of haircare products that have a whipped-cream-like consistency. They require a high-barrier dispensing package from Advanced Monobloc (Chappaqua, NY).
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Friction feeder

Streamfeeder's (Minneapolis, MN) new Silver Series SR Rotary Dropper Universal Friction Feeder(TM) permits high-speed batch counting, accumulating and dropping per-formance.
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PVC Container Corp. (Eatontown, NJ) has formed Novapak Corp. (Eatontown, NJ) to produce injection stretch/blow-molded and extrusion/blow-molded containers, formerly produced under the PVC name.
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Vertical f/f/s machine

The L-25 Jr. vertical form/fill/seal machine uses an integral in-line fitment applicator to reduce packaging costs by as much as 70% compared to premade pouches, says manufacturer Winpak Lane (San Bernardino, CA).
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Coke tests PET/PEN bottle down under

Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty. Ltd. of Sydney, Australia-an operating unit of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.-is now testing a 350-mL (11.83 oz) plastic bottle made of a polyethylene terephthalate/polyethylene naphthalate (PET/PEN) blend.
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High-speed pouching machine

The PK3000 is a new horizontal form/fill/seal continuous-web pouch machine from R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH). The system is 40% smaller than Jones' PK4000.
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Clamshell is armed for retail sale

A hinged polyvinyl chloride clamshell with multiple cavities has helped Norcross, GA-based Connecticut Valley Arms strengthen its retail sales of Black Powder Rifles throughout the U.S.
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H.B. Fuller Co. (St. Paul, MN): Ives S. Yohay, mgr.
Vacuum arms pick two separate pieces of corrugated from a magazine and position them on opposite sides of the center can to serv
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A truly Superior ink packaging line

Automated filling, lidding, labeling and case packing line lets Superior Printing Ink consolidate far-flung operations under one roof. Bar-coded labels are printed on-line.
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Horizontal wrapper

Cavanna U.S.A.'s (Sparta, NJ) new Easy Run® is an economical horizontal form/fill/seal machine that can wrap single or multiple products into pillow packs at speeds to 300 packs/min.
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The 'slimy' side of FQPA

EPA and FDA are mucking up the approval process for slimicides and additives-at least temporarily. In addition, label changes for germicides are also at issue.
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Dietary supplements Kellogg wants claim Where's the fat?

ACalifornia State Dept. of Conservation study of that state's beverage container recycling law recommends changes that would simplify the way the bottle deposits fund recycling, potentially reducing paperwork for packagers.
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Rounding out paperboard packages to set them apart

When product/packaging development teams turn to the subject of paperboard carton structures, the discussion is generally pretty "boxy." How long, wide and deep must the carton be to hold the product?

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