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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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Materials Product Brief
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Nondrip closure

Seaquist Closures (Mukwonago, WI) has introduced the SimpliSqueeze(TM) closure. To use, open the snap-action lid. An innovative silicone valve seals instantly when pressure is released.
Materials Product Brief
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Flat die lip inserts

A new system of interchangeable lip inserts for flat dies speeds changeovers by 50% compared to replacing an entire lip assembly, according to Extrusion Dies (Chippewa Falls, WI).
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Horizontal cartoner

The new Econoseal E-System 2000 automatic, horizontal cartoner from Econocorp (Booth #207) is a compact system for moderate-speed production lines. It features a convenient handwheel adjustment for fast changeovers.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
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Pepsi enters a whole new category

Through an alliance with Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. of Springfield, MO, Pepsi-Cola Co., Somers, NY, began testing its first dairy beverage May 31 in Texas and Oklahoma.
Materials Product Brief
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Right angle bundler

Great Lakes (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 708E compact right angle bundling system. Automatic machine can collate and sleeve wrap grouped or stacked packages at speeds to 20 bundles/min using 27" wide film.
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Crown/Carnaud deal creates a $10 billion packaging company

Packaging firms buying packaging firms. We'd better get used to it. Because most experts predict that the current pace of consolidation among firms supplying packaging materials and machines shows few signs of slowing.
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Static-dissipative film

Klockner Pentaplast's (Gordonsville, VA) new Pentastat(TM) SC 660/05C is a clear, rigid, static-dissipative vinyl film for clamshell packaging of electronic products, offering more consistent electro-static (ESD) properties than the Pentastat SC 660/05 it will replace.
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FDA to amend nutrient claims

It took more than six months, but FDA finally told the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) it will grant the association's petition to initiate rulemaking to correct existing regulations that it says hinder the use of health and nutrition claims on food product packaging.
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Smart labels fight counterfeiters and provide product assurance

The problem: In California earlier this year, a number of alert young mothers noticed something disturbingly different about the powdered infant formula they were giving their babies.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Atlantis Plastics, Inc. (Miami, FL): W. John Buchan, vp and general mgr., stretch and institutional film; Werner F. Goeckel, vp and general mgr., custom film; Michael B.
Materials Product Brief
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Deli meat data

Cryovac (Duncan, SC) has introduced a data sheet on its Case-Ready packaging system for fresh deli meats and cheeses. The system includes Cryovac's BDF® film and gas-flushed tray, as well as Ageless® oxygen absor-bers.
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Foodservice product hits club stores

When Buffalo, NY-based food producer Rich Products decided to downsize its cinnamon raisin biscuits from a foodservice to a retail package, it faced two key challenges.
A robotic arm (top) transfers two of the heavy cases from the conveyor and onto a pallet load. The robot will soon be building t
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

Room to serve
Controls Product Brief
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Static dissipative film

American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) has introduced Mirrex 7002, a clear, static-dissipative vinyl film for use in thermoforming ESD trays, clamshells and blisters.
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Injection-molding meets special needs

A newly available injection grade of Barex® modified acrylonitrile resin from BP Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) allowed Cheil Foods of Seoul, South Korea, to introduce its bonka bean and chili pastes in clear, glass-like, unbreakable containers providing a one-year shelf life.
While the returnable/refillable Bonaqua bottle is made from costly PEN homopolymer, the other two bottles shown here are made fr
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Naphthalate-based bottles beckon

High-performance bottles made of PEN homopolymer or naphthalate-based copolyesters are beginning to find their way out of technical conferences and onto store shelves around the globe.

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