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PC Materials uses vacuum chamber coating equipment in its low-temperature plasma coating process. Here the substrate is visible
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Will silica coatings become more affordable?

From a relatively inexpensive liquid source, PC Materials extracts silica and chemically bonds it to the surface of polyester to create clear, high-barrier films.
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Heat sealer

Model 15-DLX is the latest two-station, semi-automatic shuttle heat sealer from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH). Sealing now takes place over the tray system to minimize required floor space to 26" x 66" and facilitate quick change-overs.
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Salmon bits sprinkled or spooned

Look out, bacon bits, here comes a challenger: Alaskabits(TM) smoked salmon bits. Deemed the Grand Prize winner in an annual contest promoting nontraditional uses of Alaska salmon, the dried, smoked bits of premium filet are said to be a more healthful alternative to pork toppings because they're higher in protein and lower in cholesterol and animal fats.
Film rolls are locked into position via quick-release levers to make changes quick. Just below the film unwind, Saputo uses an i
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Quick changeover

Beyond improved package seals, the other critical feature of the Integra is the ease of change- over, in part because of the simplicity of the machine.
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Monoblock machinery

M&O Perry Industries (Corona, CA) has introduced new Monobloc® Series Machinery that can be custom designed to orient, fill, close and heat-seal a wide variety of uniquely shaped medical or biotech packages.
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EPA funding in doubt

For good or bad, EPA's ability to continue to develop new regulations is threatened by the budget stalemate in Congress, which had not been resolved at press time.
For packaging Steelcase?s heavy desktops, a single-wall, five-panel folder is easily inserted between two foot pedal-operated fi
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Steelcase corners corrugated savings

Office furniture maker alters distribution packaging for heavy desktops, increasing protection where it's needed, reducing it where it's not. Savings total nearly $180ꯠ/yr in materials and labor, while repetitive stress injuries are eliminated.
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Supplier news: International agreements

CCL Industries (Toronto, Canada) has purchased select custom label divisions as well as the labeling equipment division from Avery Dennison (Pasadena, CA).
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Filler speeds glass bottle output

Besides its labeling upgrades, Heaven Hill Distilleries last March added a Husky Model V-60 rotary fill-to-level gravity/vacuum filler for its 750-mL round glass bottling line.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI): Daniel Callahan, vp, sales.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Heat and Control, Inc. (So. San Francisco, CA): Blake Svejkovsky, product mgr. for the new line of FastBack(TM) horizontal motion conveyors.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Duplex (Sycamore, IL) has signed a strategic alliance with Advanced Labeling Systems (Southbridge, MA), whereby Advanced Labeling will provide Duplex with a wide range of Automatic Identification Systems.
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Aseptics get a screw cap

In the sunny South Pacific, consumers of Punaauia, Tahiti-based Pacific Beverage Co.'s juices, nectars and alcoholic drinks--all packed in 1-L aseptic bricks--are now enjoying the convenience of a screw cap reclosure.
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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Chantilly, VA) new pouch feeder gently single files numerous styles of pouches at speeds to 220/min. Pouches are fed into a centrifugal feeder, where an integral star wheel system picks them up from the rim of the feeder and places them end to end on an elevated conveyor.
HeaterMeals is a truly self-contained meal and heating system. In use (above) the office worker is pouring water from the suppli
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When the package becomes the 'oven'

Designed for the military, a flameless ration heater is now used for a shelf-stable consumer entree that converts the carton into an oven. HeaterMeals packs 'everything but the appetite' into meals for people on the go.
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Unwind stand

Compensating Tension Controls' (West Caldwell, NJ) Type SHD-800-EG modular unwind stand is available for any flexo printing press or narrow-web converting process, according to the company.
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Corrugated handling affects bottom line

Heaven Hill's improved packaging efficiency comes not only from upgraded labelers, fillers, and other equipment. Corrugated cases also contribute, from both a receiving and shipping standpoint.

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