At least two firms are now offering hedging services for packagers that buy or manufacture large volumes of rigid or flexible plastic packaging. Such risk management services allow packagers to purchase price-protection contracts for plastic resins, mitigating the effects of resin price fluctuations over a fixed period of time.
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Available from Automated Feeding & Alignment Systems (Batavia, IL) is an information sheet on its asymmetrical package orienter. The flow of a package from a "beginning pattern" to a "final component pattern" is illustrated along with a list of benefits, features and typical uses of the machine, such as batteries and squeeze tubes on hanging cards.
Metapor is a micro-porous aluminum for thermoformers from International Mold Steel (Florence, KY). The material is air-permeable and is said to eliminate venting problems in thermoforming, blister packaging and film processing.
Incidences of sexual dysfunction by those taking Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Luvox (all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may be much higher than indicated on product labeling, and FDA is considering ordering labeling changes more reflective of reality.
Southwest Endseals, Inc. (Houston, TX) is a new company that manufactures sealing jaws for vf/f/s packaging machines. It is located at 5730 Nunn St., Houston, TX 77087; phone: 713/649-4852, fax: 713/649-8684.
Hoping to boost sales, United Distillers and Vintners, Hartford, CT, has relaunched its Smirnoff premium vodka in a proprietary 1.75-L polyethylene terephthalate package whose rollout was to be completed this month.