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At the company?s Aurora, IL, Center for Customer Satisfaction, Weyerhaeuser?s Dick Warrick stands at the control panel of a vibr
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LTL shipments can now take performance packaging route

Users of performance-based Rule 180 for less-than-truckload shipments may face some obstacles. But opportunities exist to reduce transit damage and please customers.
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Luster straightens out freshness problems

This haircare producer begins filling creme relaxer into nestable yogurt-style cups with freshness seals. The switch from traditional jars not only keeps the product fresh, it aids in product display as well.
Improvements in materials and machines helped Kraft Canada reduce leakers on zippered cheese packs
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Team effort builds a better zipper

Continuous Improvement Teams at Kraft Canada wouldn't rest until the leaker rate on the firm's zippered reclosable cheese packs was firmly under control.
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New BOPP films

Mirage HB-2 from Quantum (Streamwood, IL) is a new BOPP film with a 75% moisture barrier improvement over standard coextruded films, says the manufacturer.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

American National Can (Chicago, IL) will purchase Union Camp Corp.'s (Wayne, NJ) flexible packaging plant in Asheville, NC.
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TE vacuum closure bottle

Clinton Packaging (St. Louis, MO) has introduced a 190-mL hexagon bottle specifically designed for nuts and other products requiring a TE vacuum closure.
Clay-coated newsback cartons have replaced SBS board for Pilling Weck1s line of disposable medical devices. The new cartons, so
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Folding carton changes rescue medical products maker

Changing from preprinted SBS to clay-coated newsback with labels printed and applied in-house saves Pilling Weck between 25 and 30% in material costs while halving carton inventory.
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Shrink bundler

The System 2000 Flight Bar shrink bundler from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) packs 50 trayless six-pack cans/min using twin lanes and 24 trayless 12-pack cans/min on a single lane.
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Nabisco enters variety snack category in stand-up pouches

Nabisco Biscuit Co., East Hanover, NJ, is breaking into the variety snack category with Doyan-style stand-up pouches with reclosable plastic zippers.
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Hot-fill capper

The Model Y221 capping machine from Alcoa Closure Systems (Indianapolis, IN) is a high-speed, hot-fill plastic closure applicator. Suitable for products bottled in steam-filled, high temperature conditions, such as juice.
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Environmental legislation may be left at gate

Given the Republicans' legislative priorities, it is unlikely that Congress will pass any major environmental legislation this year. Senator John Chafee (R-RI), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said overhauls of Superfund, the Clean Water Act or the Endangered Species Act are unlikely.
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PVC demand in packaging to grow 3%

A recent study by The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, OH, says demand for polyvinyl chloride packaging in North America will grow an average 3% annually to reach 1billion lb in 1998.
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Overprinters

Willett America's (Lawrenceville, GA) Models 2730 and 2760 overprinters can print text, graphics and bar codes directly onto flexible packaging materials at speeds to 8"/sec.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) has become charter donor to the Flexible Packaging Educational Foundation (Washington, DC).
Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN
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Congress ready to reform product liability

Caps on punitive damages and clauses on proportionate liability are strong candidates for inclusion in laws as Congress tackles tort reform.
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Imagesetter aids Chicago Litho Plate

An imagesetter is providing faster turnaround time, added flexibility and improved separation quality and accuracy for Chicago Litho Plate's prepress operations.
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication (sidebar)

Flexible Frangos stand-up to competition
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Common sense approach to regulations?

So far, so good seems to be the consensus among packaging industry lobbyists as Congress continues to move swiftly on regulatory reform, part of the House Republicans' Contract With America.

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