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Premier Plastics uses two labeling \"systems\" to apply front and side labels for two sizes of Mallards Food Products' ginger st
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Labelers stir fry a skillet of savings

California converter blow molds and labels containers for packer of ginger stir fry sauce sold at supermarkets and club stores. Set-up and operation video trains operators on labeler use.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Huntsman Packaging Corp. (Salt Lake City, UT) has acquired Performance Films Corp. (Dallas, TX).
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PET rounds

Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) has introduced a new family of PET rounds in 1-, 2- and 4-oz sizes. The 1- and 2-oz sizes have a 0.8" finish, while the 4 oz has a 0.9" finish.
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Corona treater

Pillar Technologies' (Hartland, WI) Universal corona treater is sized for retrofitting on numerous press configurations. Permits user purchase of a single station for treatment of both metallized and nonmetallized film.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

American Mirrex Corp. (New Castle, DE): Sherrill Schmidt, market mgr. for food and pharmaceutical grade films.
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HDPE rounds

Lerman Container (Naugatuck, CT) has introduced a line of HDPE bottles called Malibu Rounds. They're available in 2-, 4- and 6-oz sizes. The 2-oz size has a 20/415 neck while the 4- and 6-oz sizes have a 24/415 neck.
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Bag sealer

Model 601 HM-U is a new thermal impulse bag sealer from Grimes Packaging Materials & Equipment (Booth #1940). It is used for closing bags made of PE and PP films, as well as foil or PE-coated paper.
An operator uses a hand-held scanning device to check color consistency (top) on the printed web as it moves through American Pa
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Printing, cold sealing sweeten converter's outlook

American Packaging's $17 million plant expansion/modernization includes an 11-station gravure press that applies cold adhesive in register in line.
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Neck finish

Alpha Plastics (St. Louis, MO) now has tooling to produce injection blow-molded pharmaceutical and vitamin bottles that accept Seda's (Los Angeles, CA) J-Cap(TM), Hinge Guard(TM) and TE closures.
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Shrink systems

New 110-volt and 220-volt Sergeant® combination shrink systems from Allied Automation (Booth #525) operate with all shrink films. Available with a manual seal jaw, dual-magnetic or magnetic hold down options, they wrap up to 16 packages/min.
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How purchasing copes with higher prices

Almost all packagers decry increases in corrugated costs. Users of paper and plastics find those package materials aren't far behind. These materials are most often targeted by purchasers developing strategies to hold the line on costs, according to an ex
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Dispensing closure/tube

A dispensing closure and squeeze tube combination is now available from J.L. Clark (Rockford, IL) and Tubed Products (Easthampton, MA). The SST tube/cap features a one-piece, smooth-wall, PP closure that matches the tube's head finish exactly.
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Nutrition facts printer

Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced the N5000 Nutrition Facts Printer for use in the meat, poultry and dairy industries as well as by contract and medical device packagers.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Tri-layer oval

Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tona-wanda, NY) has reintroduced its 4-oz Silique oval for personal care products and soaps or waxes. The tri-layer tube consists of a layer of HDPE surrounded by a layer of LDPE on each side for improved barrier and product flow.
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Stretch wrapper

Pacmatic's (Booth #1941) new Roboshark fast, portable stretch wrapper can wrap a pallet in 25 sec, using any width film, says the com-pany, and can wrap 30% faster than when using turn-tables.
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Corona treating equipment suit settled

Enercon Industries Corp., Menomonee Falls, WI, and German partner Ahlbrandt Systems, Inc. filed suit against Pillar Technolo-gies, Hartland, WI, in 1986 alleging that Pillar infringed on two Ahlbrandt patents involving corona treating equipment, which treats the surfaces of plastic films or metal foils to improve ink adhesion.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.

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