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4 Easy-open and reclosable 3-lb pouch handles Kaytee?s high-fat ferret food
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Flexible packaging advances reap rewards

This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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The new production line for Avitene includes this filler that precisely meters one gram of the product into a polycarbonate cup.
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Flexible pack cuts waste, improves performance

MedChem's surgical hemostat is switched from rigid packaging to a flexible chevron-seal pouch that's much easier to use. The reduction in packaging helped it win FPA's Green Globe environmental award.
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.
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.
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.
2 Two-part epoxy pack provides 100% mixing with minimal effort
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Flexibles pass the technology test

Technical achievements cited in FPA awards include a barrier pack for shipping welding electrodes, a mixer for two-part adhesives and a peelable suture package.
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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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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.
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Protective materials

American Excelsior (Arlington, TX) has introduced Eco-Foam® starch-based colored sheets and planks. They can be fabricated into a variety of forms, including end caps, pouches, edge protectors, rolls and die-cut shapes.
Ener-G Foods is phasing out the package on the far left, produced from rollstock on a thermoform/seal machine, in favor of the
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Ener-G goes glass

Silica-coated polyester in a three-layer pre-made bag gives Ener-G Foods the 12-month shelf life needed to market its dietetic bread products around the world.

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