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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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Grandad?s Real;Bacon;Rinds package uses a fused susceptor system, in which microwave susceptors burn out when they reach a cer
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Pork rinds pop up in new market

Microwave susceptor technology creates a new market for two pork rind producers, as family-owned Grandad's and food exporter Alamilla and Associates try their hands at microwavable pork rinds.
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Induction sealing system

The 4kW Integral II induction sealing system from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) is capable of sealing closure sizes from 20 to 120 mm at speeds over 100 ft/min.
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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Steel producers target canned foods

Feeling profitable and optimistic, steel producers work to expand demand in containers by new promotional education campaign aimed at consumers.
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Reclosable blister

The Twister Blister from Inline Plastics (Milford, CT) is a two-piece blister package that serves as a reusable container. A base is attached to a paperboard card and a second plastic piece twists on or off.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cadillac Products (Troy, MI) is expanding into a new facility for its Film & Flexible Div. in Dallas, GA.
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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Square gallon jug

Kols Containers (Baltimore, MD) has introduced a 1.5-gal HDPE square jug as a stock item. Created with source reduction in mind, the jugs can be packed into a four-pack reshipper for shipments of six square gal instead of the standard four rounds.
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BOPP release liner

UCB Films (Wigton, Cumbria, UK) has introduced a Rayoweb BOPP release liner base film. Allows a clear label to adhere to a pack or bottle without a visible adhesive layer.
This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.
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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.
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Sorbent preforms

Skavenger(TM) sorbent preforms from Multiform Desiccants (Buffalo, NY) offer good adsorption capacity in a small, compact design for applications including transistors, semiconductors, electronic equipment and some pharmaceuticals.
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Transparent cellophane

A new line of colored, transparent cellophane films is available from Flexel (Atlanta, GA). Colors include red, pink, amber, yellow, orange, blue, purple and green.
At Johnson Controls' recycling plant at Novi, MI, incoming PET bottles are debagged and fed into the company's process that prod
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FDA plans to speed approval for PCR use

Packagers are delighted with what they've heard about new post-consumer plastic resin rules expected this fall. Data requirements will be clearer and more specific so retesting will be minimized.
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Desiccant brochure

"Packaging the Future" is a new brochure from Grace Davison (Baltimore, MD) highlighting the company's full line of custom-packaged silica gel desiccants.
A green-and-yellow ?batch marker? conveys through an accumulating station, indicating the end of a run of video cassettes. The m
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Video cassette production rolls at Sony U.K.

Internally powered roller conveyors link labeling, wrapping and packing functions on three identical video cassette lines at Sony.
Sales of Roskam Baking1s Rothbury Farms retail croutons and stuffing mix have increased briskly since the company changed from a
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Crouton pouch stands up to the competition

Stand-up reclosable pouches replace folding cartons with inner liners for Roskam Baking's line of Rothbury Farms croutons. Zippers are applied in-line on new horizontal rotary form/fill/seal machines.

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