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High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
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L'Oréal's bottle fishes for kids

Streamlined and decorated to resemble a fish, it's easy to imagine kids getting hooked on the new L'Oréal Kids squeezable bottle. Aimed at kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the bottle fits easily into small hands, it floats in the bathtub and it allows the sweet-smelling shampoo and conditioner aroma to emanate through the bottle itself.
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Net weight reality check

In an effort to give consumers more accurate information on the actual amount of food in a package, FDA is revising its regulations on net-weight contents declarations on food labels.
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Freeze-dried veggies enjoy PVOH shield

A 0.84-mil oriented polypropylene with a coating of polyvinyl alcohol plays a key role in the distribution of Veggibles(TM), a novel freeze-dried vegetable snack from Beverly Hills Farmers Market.
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Powered roller interface

Honeywell's Micro Switch Div. (Freeport, IL) has introduced the Powered Roller Interface Module (PRIM). It's used to control powered roller conveyors and capture the status of the conveyor.
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HDPE containers

Containers suitable for tablets, powders and liquids are available from Clinton Packaging (St. Louis, MO). The blow-molded HDPE Eurotainer comes in five tamper-evident sizes with a 36-mm neck finish: 20 mL, 35 mL, 50 mL, 100 mL and 150 mL; and two child-resistant containers in 30- and 60-mL sizes with a 26-mm finish.
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Deodorant gains wide appeal

In January, Bristol-Myers Products introduced new Ban® Clear Soft Solid in a unique package. Halfway between a solid and a roll-on, the gel-like deodorant is appropriately housed in a 2.25-oz container that combines the wide applicator of a solid with the more cylindrical shape of Ban's traditional roll-on package.
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Oil-shear brakes

Posistop® oil-shear brakes from Force Control (Fairfield, OH) are designed to eliminate the high maintenance associated with ordinary dry-friction brakes in stop-and-hold applications.
After containers are inserted into pucks by a rotary turret (top) that1s integrated into the unscrambler (at left, opposite page
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's

Body wash filling line is outfitted with a puck handling system for bottles that increases throughput by 25% while virtually eliminating container size changeover.
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Intermittent-motion cartoner

R.A. Jones (Cincinnati, OH) has redesigned its (IMS) Intermittent-Motion Servo-Driven cartoner for cartoning multiple-product units. It can load a variety of products into display or point-of-purchase cartons, or shippers or overpack cartons at speeds to 100 cartons/min.
Mebane Packaging Group?s new eight-station ultraviolet flexo press (above right) produces near-offset quality reproduction for a
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UV flexo technology provides economic relief

Narrow-web UV flexo press allows folding carton converter Mebane Packaging to reduce costs, while it increases flexibility for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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Carton sealing tape

Sekisui TA (Garden Grove, CA) has introduced STA 1160 Economy Carton Sealing Tape. The 1.6-mil tape comprises 0.9-mil BOPP and 0.7-mil water-based acrylic adhesive.
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Case sealer brochure

This four-page brochure focuses on Padlocker's (Tamarac, FL) 350 Series of case sealers. It lists features and specifications, optional accessories, and dimensions for case-size ranges.
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Chairman of the printed board (sidebar)

Corrugated imitates plywood
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Auger filler

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery's (Sturtevant, WI) new 2000L auger filler meets economy auger filling applications while offering the precision control of a direct-drive system.
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Servo drive

Indramat's (Hoffman Estates, IL) new Sercos fiber-optic interface version of the Ecodrive digital servo drive economically integrates motion control functions, amplifier, power supply and axis I/O functions in a single unit.
Cups are denested and sent into the packaging line by two rotary cup feeders, each of which holds 20 stacks of 50 nested cups.
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The king of cups

Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
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Hershey's dinosaur holograms roam the market

Coinciding with the May release of the movie "The Lost World: Jurassic Park(TM)," Hershey, PA-based Hershey Foods launched its first holographic package.

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