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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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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI): Daniel Callahan, vp, sales.
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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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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.
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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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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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.
Cap feeder delivers caps to capper, which has a removable brass chute end (inset) dedicated to each cap size. No tools are neede
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Versatility drives Shrader line design

A short while ago, contract packager Shrader Canada rarely filled more than 8ꯠ bottles of liquid automotive products per shift. A new and versatile line now lets the firm reach 26ꯠ per shift .
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Adhesive applicator heads

Spraymation (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) has introduced the Electromatic XX Automatic Applicator Head for hot melt adhesive dispensing and the Electromatic XXV for cold adhesives and similar fluids.
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Web cleaning system

The Kelva noncontact web cleaning system for flexo, gravure and web offset printing applications is available from Erhardt + Leimer (Spartanburg, SC).
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Form/fill/seal system

Universal Packaging (Houston, TX) has redesigned the Mark Series automatic vertical f/f/s system to incorporate PLC-driven Touch Command software. All set-up and filler functions, including fill and production weights, seal temperatures, batch counts, machine timing and storage, can now be handled from a single control panel.
Saputo?s new MAP wrapper (far left) includes a bilingual copy display (left) that describes the product and size parameters that
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Simplified wrapper boosts output

Despite a high-tech wrapping material, Saputo had too many leakers of its block cheese packs. New wrapper greatly improves seals while it boosts line output and slashes changeover time.
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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.
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General Mills downgauges costs

While heat-sealable films have long dominated flow wrapping applications, films coated with cohesives that seal through pressure alone are growing in use.
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EPA delays hazardous waste container rule

EPA has extended to June 5, 1996, the effective date of its hazardous waste containers rule, now being revised. The original rule, issued in December 1994, allowed the use of steel drums and pails that comply with U.S.
2 Microperforations in the film are invisible to the naked eye
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
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Stretch wrapper

The Sidewinder® RT (Rotary Tower) series of stretch wrappers from Infrapak (Farmers Branch, TX) is available in semi-automatic and automatic, heavy-duty and regular versions.
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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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