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Controls Product Brief
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

UCB Films PLC (Watford, Hertfordshire, England) announced a multi-million dollar investment in a new BOPP production plant at its Wigton, UK, site.
Materials Product Brief
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PP rounds

Ropak's (Fullerton, CA) new EZ Pak(TM) is a 2.5-gal round container made of clear PP. It stacks securely in displays, while a large billboard area measures 11".
Materials Product Brief
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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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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. (North Kingstown, RI): Richard R. Schloesser, senior vp of sales and mktg. for Torayfan OPP and Lummiror polyester film div.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Strippable lid film

Scotchpak 1504 from 3M (St. Paul, MN) is the first strippable lid film designed specifically for use with PP containers. This patent-pending film has a peel footprint that provides a visible freshness seal.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Mobil Chemical Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) and Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, CT) have entered into a partnership for improved product protection for packaged food.
Product visibility and an upscale look are among the advantages gained since Malibu 2000 switched from HDPE (right) to PET bottl
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Hair care line parts with HDPE

Salon customers are impressed since Malibu 2000 switched from screen-printed HDPE bottles to a tinted PET with the increasingly popular no-label look.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Shrink wrap

Transhield shrink wrap from LCM, Inc. (Elkhart, IN) is a nonabrasive, insulating shrink film that can be used on delicate goods or painted products, such as appliances, equipment or vehicles.
News
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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.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Solvent-free coatings

Akrosil (Menasha, WI) has introduced a full line of solvent-free silicone-coated papers, films and polykrafts for p-s markets. Paper products are available in a variety of basis weights.
Peter Levine of design firm Desgrippes, Gob? explained how revamping the logo for Ann Taylor stores began a relationship that 
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Designers yearn for credibility

Whether captive or consulting, packaging designers rarely get the credit or the budgets they need. Marketing 'pups' often control purse strings and decision-making. But there's a bit of light showing from designers' computer terminals.
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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.
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.
Controls Product Brief
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F/f/s fact sheet

A new fact sheet from Cryovac (Duncan, SC) describes the Model 2002A, a f/f/s machine for hot and cold pumpable foods. Next generation machine incorporates faster sealing technology with servo-driven film for faster film advance, says the company.

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