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Cat-shaped pouch turns heads overseas

A cat-shaped, stand-up pouch available in four collectible printed versions (three are shown) has helped Gilbertson & Page (GILPA) successfully launch a new dry cat food called Umami.
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Orbis: Knocked-down container

The 4845 knocked-down BulkPak(TM) HDPE container from Orbis (Oconomowoc, WI) handles up to 2귔 lb of material. Comes in a 48" x 45" footprint and may be ordered in different heights and colors, with access doors and custom interiors to protect shipments.
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Lozenges are blister-packed, flow-wrapped

Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.
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Ranpak Corporation: Workstation

Ranpak's (Concord Township, OH) Pad-N-Pak® Workstation is now microprocessor-controlled, which puts machine functions at the operator's fingertips and simplifies monitoring of key functions.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Russell-Stanley (Red Bank, NJ) will open a combination plastic drum blow-molding/recycling plant in Allentown, PA.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Vertical molding station

Designed specifically for packagers that ship 100 products/day or less, Sealed Air's (Danbury, CT) Instapak® Twin Vertical Molding station produces 2 molded cushions/min.
Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
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Corru-Shred, Inc: Corrugated shredder

The Model C16D Corru-Shredder from Corru-Shred (Pompano Beach, FL) is a system that takes knocked-down corrugated and shreds it into material suitable for use as loose fill.
An extranet allows converters to better manage their orders and inventory at DuPont Polyester
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Using extranets for better materials management

Seeing potential in the Web for more than just distributing "brochureware," some companies in the packaging community have begun to use Web-based "extranets" to streamline the supplier-customer work flow.
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Injection-molding resin

Recently commercialized by Chevron Chemical (Houston, TX), HiD9004 is an HDPE injection-molding resin designed primarily for producing 5- to 7-gal pails and their lids.
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Cosmetics are big winners in packaging competition (sidebar)

Additional NACD award winners: Household Chemicals
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B.A.G. Corp.: PVC container

The Super Sack® PVC container from B.A.G. (Dallas, TX) is well-suited for applications requiring strength and longevity. Easily repaired, the FIBC container is said to lower overall container costs, while providing environmental advantages.
Blister packs and lidded cups are two prominent techniques for providing single-dose packs of medication. A worker at Packaging
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Federal 'medicine' for drug errors may be hard to swallow

Agencies are now considering requirements for unit-dose packaging and bar coding of containers to reduce the potential for medication errors.
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Serac Inc: Net-weigh pail filler

Serac's (Carol Stream, IL) new net-weigh, high-volume liquid pail filler fills 1- to 5-gal containers at speeds to 50/min, based upon viscosity of the product and size of container.
An operator packs L-shaped inserts into a case (above) prior to shipping. Besides improving its cushioning (opposite right and
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Paperboard cushioning computes for LEK

Computer maker safeguards shipments with paperboard cushioning that nearly eliminates product damage and saves more than $20ꯠ/yr in breakage, labor and shipping costs.
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Closure designing

Injection-molded closure design and manufacture is the subject of a brochure from Stull Closure Technologies (Randolph, NJ). Lists sizes and part numbers for dispensing plugs, captive hinged closures, snip tips, push-pull dispensers, tube caps, twist open/close dispensers, can fitments and miscellaneous closures.
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New York Nails struts with style in aluminum container

A two-piece brushed aluminum container spurs sales of a new nail-care kit sold to professional beauty salons.
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Net-weigh filling machines

Fill-Weigh (Plainfield, IL) has introduced a portable two-head net-weigh filling machine for jugs and pails of liquid products of varying viscosities.

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