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Vertical form/fill/seal

Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Acceleron Advantage, a new vertical f/f/s machine with 40% fewer parts. Forming tube assemblies are now changed simply by releasing two hand clamps, sliding out the old assembly, then sliding in and clamping another.
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Protective cushioning

AirfloPac(TM) is a patented protective cushioning from IntePac (King City, Ontario, Canada). It consists of reusable multi-chambered LDPE parts with "venturi" air-flow restricting tubes.
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Ice cream cup

Tetra Laval Food Hoyer (Pleasant Prarie, WI) has introduced the Tetra Cup. Targeted for ice cream applications, the polyethylene/ paperboard/polyethylene structure may soon be used for margarine or cultured products, according to the company.
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Marketing book

"The Total Package: The Evolution and Secret Meanings of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Tubes" explores the evolution of packaging throughout history and reveals ways in which manufacturers use marketing strategies to sell their products.
The three photos above show two 24-count trays shrink-wrapped into a single retail pack (top), a single 24-count tray with prot
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Shrink wrap system provides big retail thrust

A shrink wrapper overcomes heat and packing obstacles to bundle two 24-count trays of mr. big candy bars, enabling Neilson Cadbury to satisfy Canada's retailer demand for a 48-count pack.
Steel-banded bales of separated recyclables are brought to this staging area prior to shipment to users of these recovered mater
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Waste not, want more

Laidlaw automates sorting of post-consumer recyclables at its Schaumburg, IL, material recovery facility. First-of-its-kind system separates plastics into four categories.
Health claims made on this package of Phyto-Nutrients are accompanied by the required disclaimer that FDA hasn?t evaluated the
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Supplementing copy for dietary supplement labels

Manufacturers of vitamins, herbs and minerals are looking to make health claims on their packages. New rules on copy and packaging are in FDA's plans.
The laser-coded roll of printed material unwinds (from left to right) into the first station within the flow wrapper for sealing
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Chewing up market share

New pack and product size necessitate a $7 million investment in packaging machinery for Warner-Lambert Canada. A 4.4 percentage point gain in market share justifies investment in customized flow wrappers, laser coders and display carton overwrappers.
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BenGay gets a whole new look

New York-based Pfizer, Inc. received a commendation from the Arthritis Foundation for its redesigned package for BenGay®. The commendation came largely on the strength of the injection-molded poly-propylene flip-style dispensing closure, which has a peripheral latch sealing system that reduces the amount of force needed by the consumer during opening and closing.
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs

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