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Foam-in-bag system

The SpeedyPacker(TM) foam-in-bag packaging system from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) dispenses Instapak® foam into a bag to create protective cushioning.
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AquaPenn's 8-oz PET breaks the size barrier

AquaPenn Spring Water Co. has what it believes is the smallest polyethylene terephthalate bottle for a nonalcoholic beverage in the country. Holding just 8 oz of spring water, the Quick Quench bottle was launched in mid-January, targeted primarily at foodservice institutions.
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Graphic transfer system

Montebello Packaging (Oak Park, IL) has introduced the M-Deco® graphic transfer system. It enables manufacturers of products packaged in aluminum tubes to apply multi-colored, photo-quality graphics on-site in quantities as low as 100 tubes/run.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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Self-sealing shipping mailers

Pad-Kraft Quick-Load® side-loading padded shipping mailers are from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY). Side loading eliminates the pushing and manipulating often associated with stuffing mailers from the top.
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Sara Lee puts its brand on take-home foods

Look out Boston Market!
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Stand-up pouch filler/sealer

The General Packer Model GP-1000 ST from Amplas (Green Bay, WI) automatically fills and seals preformed, stand-up, zippered or non-zippered pouches at speeds to 50/min.
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
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Hot stamping for flexible tubes

Dependable Machine (Cedar Grove, NJ) has introduced the M.O.S.S. Automatic Model SC 2 high-speed hot stamping machine for plastic tubes. It can hot stamp on tubes measuring .394" to 2.56" in dia, and up to 7.0912" L, at speeds to 2귔/hr.
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No uniformity in changeover demands

Almost any way you measure packaging line changeover, the answers from Packaging World readers vary widely. The major agreement is that more changes are being demanded-and less time is available for doing them. However, the strategies for hastening change
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Intermediate bulk container

MacMillan Bloedel (Marietta, GA) has announced that its SpaceKraft II intermediate bulk container has received UN/DOT certification for Group II hazardous solids.
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United Distillers bulks up on savings (sidebar)

Case taper flies at United Distillers
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Bulk food containers

Richards Packaging (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) offers 1-lb, 500-mL, and 100-mL molds for PET containers suitable for spices and bulk foods.
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Bang the drum carefully (sidebar)

Use of regrind in plastic drums could lower prices
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Foam-in-place bagging

The AccuPak is a foam-in-place bagging system from Flexible Products (Joliet, IL) that uses low-profile fixed nozzles to dispense PU foam into bags within a set of brush rollers.
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PVC reclaim system

Klockner Pentaplast of America (Gordonsville, VA) has introduced a system for reclamation of PVC trim and lidstock. Under the Optima(TM) system, Klockner will buy back edge trim from pharmaceutical customers who purchase both Pentapharm® blister packaging films and Optilid(TM) push-through vinyl lidstock.
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Coextruded mPE films

Sealed Air's (Saddle Brook, NJ) family of heavy-gauge, multi-layer blown coextruded metallocene PE films is suited for applications requiring high impact, tear and puncture resistance, and release properties when used in conjunction with protective packaging.
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.

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