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This $5-million gravure press has 10 stations for a variety of printing requirements.
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Converters add new presses

Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.
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Stretch replaces shrink

For insulation manufacturer Litepac, shrink wrapping stacks of polystyrene insulation was a costly process-both in money and in material waste. The Granard, County Longford, Ireland-based company's change to a System 2000 Double Stretch Bander from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) not only provided savings but ended the potential problem of board distortion caused by heat from shrink wrapping.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Stull Closure Tech. (Randolph, NJ) was presented with the "Energy Efficiency Leadership Award" by the Eastern Utilities.
Originally a stock flint bottle was used (above). Currently the cobalt blue bottle is available in four sizes (top), one of them
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Skyy gets it right

U.S. made (and proud of it) Skyy vodka comes in a striking blue bottle that's starting to make its mark in restaurants, bars, and liquor stores across the country.
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Film labeler

The Model 3200ST p-s film labeler from Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) now has an "air fill" feature that pressurizes the bottle internally to stabilize sidewalls during labeling.
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Automatic stretchwrapper

The Model 88-4000CS stretchwrapper from Intl. Packaging Machines (Naples, FL) has a warm wire film cutter that reduces fumes and wide brush wiping action to eliminate trailing end film "tails." Wraps loads weighing up to 4ꯠ lb on a 14 rpm variable-speed turntable.
Small two-ounce vacuum-packed ?bricks? will be produced on Superior?s new form/fill/seal system at its Harahan, LA, coffee roast
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Superior takes control in small coffee packs

Thanks to growth in specialty coffees, Superior's new plant installs a first-in-North-America vacuum/valve packager that offers a wide size range and precise controls for ground or whole bean coffees.
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LLDPE-type resin

Quantum (Cincinnati, OH) has formulated a new LLDPE-type tie-layer resin that has good adhesion to EVOH, nylons, ionomers, PE and ethylene copolymers in coextrusion applications.
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Shrink wrap system

The Model 60 continuous-motion shrink wrap system from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL) for high speed beverage hot-fill lines wraps up to 75 trays/min. Digital controls simplify film and size changeovers; an automatic setup package for simplified resetting is optional.
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Gamma-ray resistance

DuPont's (Wilmington, DE) metallized PVDC-coated Mylar XM MC1T and MC2 polyester films are now available with a gamma-ray resistance feature. An excellent barrier to oxygen, moisture, light, flavor and odor, applications include sterile packaging of medical supplies and aseptic packaging of oxygen-sensitive foods, such as juices, purees and pastes.
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New resin

The Soft Touch package from Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) contains Catalloy process resins for a texture described as being a cross between a bar of soap and rubber.

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