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Pouch machine

The Totani three-side seal pouch machine from Amplas (Booth 1360) reaches speeds to 180 cycles/min and offers individually adjustable automatic tension control of the web.
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Shrink wrappers energize vitamin maker

California-based Pharmavite's shrink wrappers with customized infeeds boost speed and reduce changeover time for bundled multipacks of bottled vitamins and food supplements.
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Open/fill/seal system

The Pouchmaster ABS System(TM) from About Packaging Robotics (Boulder, CO) is a robotic open/fill/seal type pouch handling system that can process flat and reclosable zipper pouches as well as gusseted bags.
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Part 2How purchasing copes with higher prices

Last month, PW's exclusive survey showed which packaging materials have shown increased prices and their effects on purchasing. In Part Two, purchasers explain the negative effects these prices have on product prices, and even on product sales.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

The following subsidiary companies of Rexam Inc. will now take on the corporate name: Rexam Closures, formerly Sunbeam Plastics (Evansville and Princeton, IN); Rexam Extru-sions, formerly Pacur (Oshkosh, WI); Rexam Flexible Pack-aging, formerly StarTex (Lakeville, MN); Rexam Medical Packaging, formerly DRG-Caribe (Puerto Rico), and DRG Medical Packaging Group (Mundlein, IL); Rexam Metalizing, formerly Camvac America, Inc.
When the package emerges from the shrink tunnel, the clear glossy film is wrapped tightly around the box to provide a barrier to
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Microsoft says 'No!' to automation

World's largest software producer says "Yes" to more people involvement in packaging its leading software programs. The result is higher productivity and better looking packages.
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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
Materials Product Brief
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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.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Push-pull cap feeder

Aidlin Automation's (Bradenton, FL) CFSC-2024 orients and feeds push-pull sports closures at speeds to 800 containers/min. This elevator-type unit feeds the closures using specially designed orienting cleats and then transfers them into an existing capper.
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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.
Controls Product Brief
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Shrink film bundler

API's (Booth #1117) new APB 2700 CM (continuous motion) in-line shrink film bundler has a stepper motor driven reciprocating seal bar system, enhancing reliability in high-speed applications.
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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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Bag machine

The Model 2030 30" wicketing bag machine from Rapidac Machine (Rochester, NY) uses a programmable servo drive system and vacuum web tension control designed for operational ease.
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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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TE tubes

Victor Tube (Pittsburgh, PA) has designed a tamper-evident closure for aluminum tubes used in pharmaceutical applications. It consists of a threaded plastic outsert, used for product compatibility and purity, with a tamper-evident foil seal.
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Desiccants keep dog food bags dry

Desiccants in stretch-wrapped pallets solved a condensation problem in overseas shipments of dog food bags by the Iams Co.
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Security tape

Red Alert tape from Central Products (Menasha, WI) is a water-activated tape that leaves a bottom red sheet on the carton after opening, so it is obvious if a carton has been opened prior to its final destination.

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