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Pulsed CO2 laser delivers precisely positioned codes. Code changeovers are made by simply changing the mask (inset
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Blazer laser boosts drug line

Production efficiencies, improved accuracies, and reduced labor costs have been realized since laser coding was installed on this prescription drug line.
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Shrink bag

The PromoBag shrink bag from Robbie Mfg. (Lenexa, KS) benefits fresh meat and food processors. Uses polyolefin anti-fog film for food applications, or a variety of other shrink films for nonfood applications.
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Adhesive foam laminate

Cellu-Mask(TM) is a new adhesive foam laminate from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) used for cushioning a wide range of products with highly polished or painted metal surfaces.
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Servo-driven vf/f/s machine

UVA-Butler (Richmond, VA) has introduced the Butler(TM) 3 vertical form/fill/seal machine that uses servo motors, an Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller 503 and a touch screen for production information and fault display.
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P-s tape

Central Products (Menasha, WI) has released a new data sheet highlighting the benefits of the company's rubber adhesives, including fast, positive bonding, adherence to problem cartons, firm un-wind and cold temperature applications.
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Electronic printer

The Model J2800 electronic printer from Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) is for in-plant printing of variable product information, such as bar codes, consecutive numbering, real time codes, sell-by dates and product descriptions.
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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
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Self-venting closures

RD Industries (Omaha, NE) now has a product sheet on its Vent-A-Cap® self-venting closures. Includes illustrations and descriptions on the various Vent-A-Cap systems, including Standard, Draw-Off Tube, Shipping Closure, Quick Disconnect, High-Viscosity and Snip Top.
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Hot ink coder

The HK50 hot ink coder from Graseby Allen (Elmhurst, IL) can imprint price, date, lot number or logos on a continuously moving film at speeds to 295'/min and 1100 prints/min.
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Stretch-wrapping systems

The Vortex Series of stretch-wrapping systems from Orion (Memphis, TN) combines the logic of fully automatic machines with the portability of semi-automatic stretchwrappers.
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Quantifying packaging volumes in Japan

A 353-page report on on packaging in the Japanese market up to 1994 covers virtually every category of product relating to packaging. It has been published by Japan Packaging Consultants Corp.
Not only does the new forming web for the Idexx blister pack provide better  barrier, it doesn1t turn yellow as its predecessor
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Lamination solves a pair of problems

Forming web used for blister packs of reagent chemicals turned yellow with age and provided insufficient moisture barrier. New material addresses both issues.
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Transfer tape

Specialty Tapes, Div. of RSW (Racine, WI), has introduced CA-684, an ultra-high-shear, high-adhesion transfer tape. It consists of a high-performance adhesive on a discardable release liner for use in TE bag closure applications or for mounting substrates to smooth, textured or embossed surfaces.
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Sliced apples get the value-added treatment

Peeled, cored and sliced, fresh Granny Smith apples have joined the growing list of value-added fresh produce items available to consumers at retail.
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Meat packaging film

American National Can (Chicago, IL) has introduced a multilayer packaging film called Q3(TM). An addition to the proprietary Tubular Water Quenched line of plastic packaging, Q3 offers enhanced performance for traditional processed meat products, such as sausages and lunch meats, as well as applications that use a deep-draw process, such as bulk smoked sausage or braunschweiger.
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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 smooth vertical movement of the stretch wrapper?s film carriage is accomplished, in no small part, by plastic rollers (shown
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Rollers stabilize stretch wrapping

Contoured plastic rollers allow a film carriage to smoothly ascend and descend during stretch wrapping. OEM component helps packagers like Farley Candy wrap loads more efficiently.
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FPA seeks sensible EPA emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) pledge to work more closely with the industries it regulates will be put to the test by a request from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) to revise its proposed regulations on emissions of hazardous air pollutants.

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