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Klockner Pentaplast: In-line labeling film

Machine-direction-oriented (MDO) thin film for p-s labels in thicknesses from 2 to 4 mils is now manufactured in-line by Klockner Pentaplast (Gordonsville, VA).
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After PET preforms are unscrambled and oriented by an overhead device, they?re sent down this track into a wheel that inverts t
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Integrated manufacturing is the island way

Management at this start-up water marketer decides that the only way to assure bottle availability and top quality is to blow its own PET bottles in-line with its brand new filling line.
Materials Product Brief
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Seaquist Closures Division: Seaquist Closures Division: Upscale bottles

Four new PET bottle designs are now available from Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tonawanda, NY). The single-stage, stretch/blow-molded bottles are suitable for high-end products like skin and personal care and health and beauty aids.
Materials Product Brief
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Hot melt adhesive

Advantra(TM) hot melt adhesives from H.B. Fuller (St. Paul, MN) are said to produce better bonds on carton sealing, tray forming and other packaging applications.
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Carton feeders illuminate GE Lighting lines

Four cartoning machines on two "Pro 80" light bulb packaging lines at General Electric Lighting's Winchester, VA, plant once required manual refilling of carton blanks every six minutes.
Materials Product Brief
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Portion-pack system

A new Rychiger system from Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Tuckahoe, NY) fills hot maple syrup into single-serve portion packs, and seals them at speeds to 50 cups/min.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
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What packagers want in turnkey projects

Exclusive survey of medium to large manufacturers reveals the services they want-and need. Documentation, engineering design and electrical engineering are the main areas of assistance required.
Machine Product Brief
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MRM/Elgin Corp.: Capper

MRM Elgin's (Menomonie, WI) Versa-Cap capper applies plastic or metal continuous-thread caps onto plastic, metal or glass containers at speeds to 240 caps/min, depending on cap and bottle size, material and spacing.
Currently the packaging operation at Hemosol is done manually, but plans call for more automation once Hemolink goes commercial
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Longer life for life-saving blood product

SiOX-coated film delivers the barrier properties required for this human blood substitute product. Film clarity lets clinicians perform important visual inspection.
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Exploring the metallocene 'revolution'

In recent years, Packaging World and other publications have reported on current news and applications where the properties of metallocene-based resins have enhanced the performance of packaging materials.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Heat and Control's (Hayward, CA) new Packaging Demonstration Center in Hayward, CA, is open for product testing. It features multihead weighers, checkweighers and a complete line of product distribution and feed conveyors.
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FDA proposes labeling for nonpasteurized juices (sidebar)

FDA unfreezes 'healthy' label
Full-coverage in-mold labeling was the only way for Farm Fresh to reproduce eye-popping graphics on a non-round plastic containe
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Packaging positions ice cream for upscale sales

Farm Fresh's new all-plastic, rectangular ice cream package features full-coverage, in-mold-labeled graphics, believed to be one of the first applications of its kind in the U.S.
Fremont?s new display shipper (right) provides customers like Western Family a store-friendly case that shows off the product
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Displaying a concern for retailers' needs

Fremont custom-designs a new type of display-ready, film-wrapped shipper around the needs of supermarket customers. A new case-packing/shrink-wrapping line makes the design a production reality, paid for by materials savings.
Rick Vavra, GE Plastics? materials and logistics manager (above), holds samples of the engineering resins made and packaged in
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Plastics maker tightens up on contamination

Engineering resins are costly, so consistent quality is critical. GE Plastics adds state-of-the-art metal detectors just ahead of resin packaging to eliminate this potential problem.
Dr. Ramani Narayan demonstrates a bag made with soy-based, compostable film
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Breakdown breakthrough?

Compostable films made with soy proteins are now technically viable according to new research from Michigan State University. Next up: overcoming scale and cost hurdles.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9001 certification: TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI); Tharco (San Lorenzo, CA); Scapa Tapes North America (Windsor, CT); Hi-Speed Checkweigher, Inc.

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