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Under conditions prevalent in many repulping operations (120?F, ?10?F, near neutral pH), the addition of Mead?s repulpable wet-s
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Making performance paper greener

Mead joins list of papermakers to develop processes permitting recovery of troublesome paper packaging. Repulpable wet-strength board could be a major boost to paper recovery.
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Films div., Mobil Chemical Co. (Pittsford, N.Y.): Susan E. Evans, sales and mktg. mgr., Americas.
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Tf/f/s for beverages

Hassia (Somerville, NJ) now offers hot fill or aseptic deep draw tf/f/s equipment for noncarbonated juices, milk drinks, flavored waters, iced teas, and coffees.
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Plastofilm Industries (Wheaton, IL): Robert W. George, president and chief operating officer.
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Self-sealing closure

The Cap'N Lock closure system from Preferred Closures (Northbrook, IL) has a spill-resistant, one-piece cap that locks into place with a lock sealing system, patent pending.
Farmer members of the wheat growers1 cooperative enjoy seeing their own branded pasta in retail stores in their region. However,
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Pasta plant extraordinaire

The only way for this new pasta producer to meet the needs of three different market segments is to have a packaging operation designed for maximum flexibility.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Films Div. of Mobil Chemical Co. increases its annual capacity worldwide with the addition of a metallizer to its Belleville, Ontario, Canada, facility and a second orienter to its plant in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.
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Precycling service

In a process it calls "Precycling," McKernan Packaging Clearing House (Reno, NV) obtains surplus components from discontinued or redesigned product lines that would otherwise be headed for landfills and sells them for less than what it would cost them to produce the materials themselves.
In the cleanroom at Luther Medical (above), workers use a special scrolling device to tightly roll the directions for each cath
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Out of pack, top of mind

Keeping medical device directions outside of a sterilized package lets a healthcare professional read up before opening the package. Luther Medical's patented tray design holds scrolled instructions outside the pack for its catheters.
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Playing Offense Looks Like Fun To Packaging Industry

"We have been fighting a defensive battle for a long time," said Richard Thornburg, director of government relations for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), in assessing the impact of the November elections.
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TE yogurt container

Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has introduced a patented polyethylene reclosable TE cap for yogurt and cultured dairy products. Using Autoprod's heat-form closing technology traditionally used for milk cartons, the cap uses a mechanical external ring with a pull tab for 8-oz dairy containers.
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Automatic L sealer

Clamco's (Cleveland, OH) Model 6600 automatic L sealer wraps a wide variety of products up to 6" high at speeds to 40 packages/min. Conveyor, sealing head, sealing jaw and film advance speeds are adjustable.
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"We wanted to make sure that if this package was the only communication a consumer got, the product just might sell itself." So says product manager Mark Younce of Jerome Foods in describing what the Barron, WI-based turkey processor wanted from the packaging it designed for a lien extention of The Turkey Store® products.
As empty bottles are depalletized (above left), they?re mutually supportive because they move forward in a mass; even more chal
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Empty-bottle handling is no picnic

The lightest of the PET bottles filled on Pepsi's new line weighs just 27.5 g. Controlling these empty containers at high speeds is difficult to say the least.
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Vf/f/s with header card

Gess Systems (Palmyra, WI) has introduced a new vertical f/f/s system with a heat seal header attachment that produces bags up to 6" x 11" from rollstock at speeds over 25 packages/min.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Prent Thermoforming, (Janesville, WI) will start commercial production of a new thermoformed tray line featuring a laminated film seal early this year.
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Smart Scrub gets smart closure

Dissatisfied with the basic flip top cap found on other soft cleansers, Indianapolis-based Dowbrands selected a Swiss import for its new 20-oz Smart Scrub(TM) bath and kitchen scouring cleanser.
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Trapped coupons free Maybelline sales

Maybelline's special promotion of blister-packed cosmetics entices consumers with redeemable fanfolded coupons that are trapped between two SBS cards.

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