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Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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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.
A 3? sidewall at the leading edge of the package becomes the base on which the package stands
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Pasta/produce combo gets tf/f/s treatment

Salinas produce marketer Tanimura & Antle thermoforms its own trays for the Broccoli Time combo pack. Will consumers get used to seeing such full meals in the refrigerated produce section?
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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TE fitments for gabletops

Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has introduced a new line of LDPE TE fitments for half-gal and 2-L gabletop paperboard cartons. The EL 64 extended-life molded-membrane fitment consists of a threaded closure and overcap, plus a membrane with a pull ring inside for added tam-per evidence.
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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Squeeze tube filler

ProSys (Middlesex, NJ) has released Models HVF RT112 and HVF RT212 tube filling machines. These fillers can run most tube materials and closure types to speeds of 70 tubes/min.

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