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2:This sterilizable medical film is 50% thinner than comparable materials used for packages of intravenous drugs.
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Medical/surgical packs make a strong FPA showing

Among medical industry packages to win FPA awards this year was a thermoformed pouch that won the Green Globe Award for environmental achievement.
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Stretch wrapper

The EZ-Duz-It® plus is a low-profile stretch wrapper from Infra Pak (Farmers Branch, TX). This light-duty stretch wrapper has a 3ꯠ-lb capacity, says the manufacturer.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
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Stretch wrap

Advantage(TM) stretch wrap from BrownCor (Milwaukee, WI) has ready-to-use extended core ends that act as handles for fast and easy pallet wrapping. It's also available with a 3" core for use with dispensers.
The illustration (above) depicts where the security label might be applied by a manufacturer. A close-up of the label (left) sho
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Retailers find security in source tagging

National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Paper Converting Machine Co. Ltd. (Plymouth, UK) and Printpack Europe Ltd. (Bury, UK) discontinued the joint demonstration facilities at Printpack's Saffron Walden, UK, site, which was used to show PCMC's narrow web Vision flexographic printing press.
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Friction feeders

Thiele Eng.'s (Minneapolis, MN) new series of friction feeders can work consistently with most printing, labeling, and packaging equipment at speeds to 4귔" of sheet material/min.
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Tube filler/sealer

DT Kalish's (Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada) Kx 1100 tube filler and sealer uses quick-release handles for quick changeovers. Designed for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications, it reaches speeds to 110 metal tubes/min when crimping, or 92/min, when plastic laminated tubes are being hot-air sealed.
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Sensor controller

The PLATO sensor controller from Entry Technology (Cream Ridge, NJ) can be used with sensor-based inspection systems to provide quality assurance on packaging lines.
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
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Vibratory parts feeder

Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has developed a patent-pending way to use vacuum to hold feeder bowls and tracks to vibratory base drives, eliminating the use of bolts or other mechanical clamping means.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Systech (Cranbury, NJ) and BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) entered a 10-year agreement to provide advanced inspection systems for the packaging industry, beginning with an initial delivery of 50 Systech TIPS(TM) Vision systems.
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Corporate brochure

The Combo Blister® and TransClam® Programs, as well as a variety of new product lines, are highlighted in the corporate brochure from Transparent Container (Berkeley, IL).
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Live roller conveyor

Model 190-ABEZ live roller conveyor from Hytrol Conveyor (Jonesboro, AR) is a general transport conveyor with the capabilities of accumulating products with zero pressure.
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Pouch/placement system

A new pouch feeder with an integrated placement system from Hoppmann (Chantilly, VA) is designed to gently singulate numerous styles and sizes of pouches and deliver them to the placement system at speeds to 250 pouches/min.
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Retailers find security in source tagging (sidebar)

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High-speed food inspection system

PakScan(TM) from EG&G Astrophysics Inspection Systems (Oak Ridge, TN) is a high-speed food inspection system that automatically detects for foreign materials in packaged products.

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