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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.
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Supplier news: International agreements

The Food and Consumer Packaging Business of James River Corp. (Milford, OH) has established a flexible packaging converting plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, under the name James River Packaging de Mexico.
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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.
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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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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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Films div., Mobil Chemical Co. (Pittsford, N.Y.): Susan E. Evans, sales and mktg. mgr., Americas.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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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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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Plastofilm Industries (Wheaton, IL): Robert W. George, president and chief operating officer.
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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.
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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Inventive use of OPP

When the Price Club chain asked the Quebec Division of Toronto-based Daltons Inc. to begin supplying its line of nuts and dried fruits in a high-barrier reclosable package, Daltons agreed.
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.
Humco president Tom DeGreve likes the speed and accuracy of his recently installed liquid filler, but its automatic clean-in-pla
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Filler makes changeover a breeze

Tough-to-clean OTC pharmaceutical products like iodine and mercurochrome are no problem at changeover time since Humco installed a filler with automatic clean-in-place capabilities.
Controls Product Brief
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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.

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