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With one strap already in place (top), the operator holds down the flaps as a second strap is applied. Because the corrugated co
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Strapping gets an upgrade at Ford

At Ford's massive parts center just outside Detroit, new strapping equipment helps ensure that dealerships around the world receive quality damage-free parts.
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FDA revises standards for single-serve dairy containers

It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.
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Desiccant cartridge

The Adsormat(TM) desiccant cartridge from United Desiccants (Louisville, KY) reduces waste and simplifies cleaning of drums, tanks and intermediate bulk containers.
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Will UnPET expand supply of RPET?

Packagers worrying about the availability of recycled polyethylene terephthalate resin will likely be encouraged by the announcement last month that a new process for recycling post-consumer PET has been developed by United Resource Recovery Corp.
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Adhesive film laminates

Quick-Stick (TM) film/foam cohesive laminates from Astro-Valcour (Glen Falls, NY) are made of PE foam laminated to a proprietary film. They fold easily and stick to themselves to make custom wraps for a wide range of products.
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PVC bands salon combo pack

To introduce its Altima(TM) protective leave-in reconditioner during a two-month promotion last Spring, Joico combined a 125-mL (4.4-oz) offering of the new product with its existing 500-mL (16.9-oz) Triage(TM) moisture-balancing shampoo.
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Flexo imprinter

Adolph Gottscho's (Union, NJ) Gotavure high-speed continuous motion flexographic imprinter eliminates the need for preprinted web stocks. Imprints graphics and bar codes at speeds to 500"/min on continuous motion webs of all types of film, foil and paper.
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Custom bottles boost promotion

Custom packaging played a key role in the success of a recent hair-care product promotion by Matrix® Essentials of Solon, OH. The firm's Vavoom(TM) and Systeme Biolage® professional salon hair-care product lines were offered in a special 250-mL promotional size.
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Skin packaging resin

DuPont's (Wilmington, DE) Surlyn® HP 2000 is a new ionomer resin engineered for skin packaging large, heavy objects for visual carded display.
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Thermoformed tray is a hit for Target

The FasTRACKER(TM), introduced last May by Target Therapeutics, is a disposable catheter tray system that protects a single catheter from abrasion and crimping and maintains a sterile barrier.
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Vision inspection equipment

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
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CPC wins responsibility for Mobil motor oil packaging

A multimillion-dollar five-year contract was signed last month by Mobil Corp., Fairfax, VA, that gives Continental Plastic Containers (Norwalk, CT) an unusual management responsibility for Mobil's plastic packaging for motor oils.
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Automatic case packers

The Model HIS-1800 case packer from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) uses a walking beam shuttle instead of lugged transport chains to convey and load product into RSCs at speeds to 15 cartons/min.
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Tidying up the label

Shocking news from Kiwi Brands is that not all toilet bowl cleaners kill germs. In fact, new Ty-D-Bol® Sanitizing Formula is the only product on the market that kills germs, according to the company.
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White concentrate

Spectratech® white concentrates for use in cast and blown film and extrusion coating from Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH) allow processors to cut material costs and achieve improved processing characteristics.
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Supplier news: Achievements

DuPont Co.'s (Wilmington, DE) Clysar shrink film plant in Clinton, IA, received the Certified Preferred Supplier status from 3M's Audio Video Products div.
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Pallet stretch wrapper

The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
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Pouch bags President's Award

Winner of this year's President's Award in the Flexible Packaging Association's annual Top Packaging Awards competition is the Ortho Dursban® Lawn & Garden Insect Control stand-up pouch.

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