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Shrink wrap system

Arpac's (Schiller Park, IL) Model BPTW-60 shrink wrap system overwraps 60 trays/min using either plain or print-registered PE film. It uses an overwrap flight bar system and single sheets of film cut by a rotary knife.
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Weight selection system

Eagle Packaging (Oakland, CA) has introduced the Golden Eagle Weight Selection System for fragile, frozen, bulky or hard-to-handle products. Keeps giveaways to less than 1g/lb.
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Semi-automatic shrink bundler

Aline Systems (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has introduced a shrink bundling system that can wrap round, rectangular and oblong shapes, with or without a tray.
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Flexible bag case packer

In a marketing/development agreement, Harwood Machinery Systems (Tualatin, OR) and Excel Packaging (Pasco, WA) have introduced the TD 2000 flexible bag case packer.
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Flat-bottom bag system

The Acceleron flat-bottom bag system from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) continually produces gabletop, flat-bottom packages from any supported material, including kraft paper, Mylar®, metallized foils and other product-specific packaging films.
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Europe's Packaging Waste Directive: What will it mean to you?

Packaging managers whose products are marketed in Europe need to know that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) finally adopted a Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive covering household, commercial and industrial packaging last December.
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Software systems 'pop' big savings for Weaver

Computer software helps Weaver Popcorn improve pallet patterns and downsize corrugated shippers. The result is savings of thousands in freight and material costs.
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Flexibles promote 'enviropackaging'

Refill packs for Tide and Cheer laundry detergent garnered FPA's "Green Globe" award for 1994. Three other FPA winners were also big contributors to source reduction efforts.
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Of holograms and humans

Two toothpaste cartons are in the news this month, one for its hologram and the other for its humans. The hologram is on SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare's new Aquafresh Whitening® tooth- paste.
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Pallet unitizer

Key Tech (Mukilteo, WA) has introduced Loxit, a pallet unitizing system that eliminates the need for stretch wrap. Combines the use of a water-based polymer with a spraying system to create web-like patterns to box or bag surfaces, allowing them to adhere to one another.
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Flexibles mark technical achievements

FPA '94 competition winners created specialized packs: a child-resistant, easy-open bag and a recloseable handle bag for insecticides; a flexible wrapper for a rare crystal block; and a special bag containing a tarnish preventer for shipping jewelry.
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Pasted valve bags

The Hot Dot Bag from Bancroft Bag (West Monroe, LA) is a pasted valve bag that uses hot melt adhesive for superior sift resistance. For use with finely powdered foods and chemicals, the bag eliminates puffing of the product during filling, as well as sifting during handling.
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Automation times six at Apotex

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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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Vertical pouch machine

The LA-500 platen-sealing vertical pouch packaging machine from Klockner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) produces up to 900 pouches/min. For use with a broad range of pharmaceutical, food and personal care products, including liquids, powders, granules, ointments, tablets and transdermal patches.
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Similac customers unmask imposter

In what may be one of the most elaborate product/package counterfeiting schemes ever uncovered, bogus Similac infant formula has been sold from store shelves at Safeway and Pak 'n Save Supermarkets in California.
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Vertical cartoner

The Clybourn Spectrum Series vertical cartoner from Sasib (Skokie, IL) reaches speeds to 300 containers/min. Accommodates a range of carton sizes with centers from 3" to 24".
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Electric conveyor roller

The MICROROLLER(TM) electric conveyor roller from Sparks Belting (Grand Rapids, MI) is a self-contained unit that provides drive power to roller conveyor systems, eliminating the need for external drive components such as belts, chains and sprockets.

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