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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.
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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).
Materials Product Brief
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
Materials Product Brief
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Suspension shippers

ADE (Chicago, IL) and JPS Elastomerics (Holyoke, MA) have developed a hammock-type suspension pack for safely shipping electronics, medical devices, china and other delicate items.
Materials Product Brief
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Spiral stretch wrapper

Durapak's (DeSoto, TX) heavy-duty, semi-automatic, overhead spiral stretch wrappers have a 14 rpm film-tower rotation. Emer-gency stops come within 2", even in cases of total power failure.
Materials Product Brief
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
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Vf/f/s

Triangle Package Machinery's (Chicago, IL) new Acceleron Convertible vertical f/f/s machine uses a cross sealer to produce pillow, gusseted, or flat-bottom packages at speeds to 60/min.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
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.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Huntsman Packaging Corp. (Salt Lake City, UT) has acquired Performance Films Corp. (Dallas, TX).
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Supplier News
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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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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.
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
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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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Dissipative coating

Clearstat(TM) antistat coating from CZ Inks (St. Louis, MO) is a transparent water-based coating that provides static electric dissipation comparable to metallized films.

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