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Samples of the Marineland and Aquatech branded bags depict the products in action, reproduced in four-color process printing.
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Aquaria's new 'bait' catches more customers

New graphics on new bags packed in a new way have dramatically improved the look of aquarium filter packs. The appearance catches on with more retailers, too.
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2:This sterilizable medical film is 50% thinner than comparable materials used for packages of intravenous drugs.
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Medical/surgical packs make a strong FPA showing

Among medical industry packages to win FPA awards this year was a thermoformed pouch that won the Green Globe Award for environmental achievement.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
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Stretch wrapper

The EZ-Duz-It® plus is a low-profile stretch wrapper from Infra Pak (Farmers Branch, TX). This light-duty stretch wrapper has a 3ꯠ-lb capacity, says the manufacturer.
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Stretch wrap

Advantage(TM) stretch wrap from BrownCor (Milwaukee, WI) has ready-to-use extended core ends that act as handles for fast and easy pallet wrapping. It's also available with a 3" core for use with dispensers.
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Infeed control system

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group's (St. Louis, MO) Mark II Synchro- screw infeed control system was developed to control the flow of containers at the infeed of fillers, labelers and other machinery.
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Ulcer therapy pack touts ease of use

Introduced in December, Procter & Gamble's new Helidac(TM) ulcer eradication therapy is packaged in a 14-day cube-shaped "kit" designed to make the new three-drug prescription medication easy to take several times a day.
A galvanized steel cage permits Pepper Source personnel to see through to the inner HDPE liner to gauge product level
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IBC serves up savings for sauce maker

Pepper Source reduces its packaging and distribution costs with a reusable bulk container that saves in both shipping and receiving, says maker of sauces, marinades and glazes.
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Bang the drum carefully

Open-headed fiber drums can't pass U.S. Dept. of Transportation drop tests. NAS recommendations could result in an exemption.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

The Advantage vf/f/s system from Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) is made with stainless steel to meet USDA sanitary requirements for packaging poultry, red meat, seafood and similar products into retail or club- size packages.
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Proximity sensor

The WTR photoelectric proximity sensor from SICK Optic-Electronic (Eden Prairie, MN) is specifically designed for accumulation, loading and unloading applications on roller conveyors.
A pallet load of bottles conveys from right to left into the hoist area of the depalletizer (above).  This line produces 1.75-L
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United Distillers bulks up on savings

United Distillers saves $400ꯠ in freight and corrugated costs by purchasing bottles in bulk rather than in reshippers, and by shipping outgoing product in a Bliss-style case rather than the reshipper. New depalletizer, case erectors, case taper and inspection systems boost efficiency on 1.75-L spirits line.
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Labeling meat substitutes

FDA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) want to encourage more nutritious variations of traditional foods, but are wrestling with how such foods should be labeled.
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PP/polyester film

Q-PET(TM) is a patent-pending coextruded multilayer film with a core layer of PP and surface layers of polyester. This offers users a significant cost reduction over traditional PP, says the company.
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Pallet load labeling

Kolinahr Systems' (Louisville, KY) SA-2000 is an automatic print/apply pallet load labeling system. When integrated with a product load accumulation conveyor, it can apply labels to one or two sides of individual finished product loads.
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Case erector

The Pro Forma 230 is a new case erector from A-B-C Packaging Machine (Tarpon Springs, FL) designed to be very forgiving to variations in corrugated cases.
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Form/fill/seal shrink wrapper

The VersaJet SS 50 Series is a side-seal continuous-motion form/fill/seal shrink wrapper from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) designed with versatility in mind.

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