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The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
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Pump placement

New dispensing pump placement equipment from Mengibar Automation (Ivyland, PA) can unscramble, insert and tighten at up to 380 items/min. Its unique anti-jam mechanism minimizes operator intervention.
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Tabletop chipboard printer

Bell-Mark's (Pine Brook, NJ) TB920 tabletop chipboard printer can print bar codes on cartons, blister cards, inserts or displays at speeds to 125 units/min.
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Mary Kay unscrambles labor-intensive line

An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
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Protective packaging

Xpander Pak(TM) from Xpander Pak (Glen Allen, VA) is an innovative packaging system designed to protect products under 10 lb from shock and vibration.
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Pump placer

A new pump placer from Anderson Machine Systems (Ridgefield Pk., NJ) is capable of handling pumps with bent dip tubes curving up to 5" off centerline.
Peterson Mfg.?s new platform-style blisters (shown front and back, top) provide an improved look compared to its previous clamsh
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A new twist on blisters

It's called a platform blister and it saves Peterson Mfg. Co. up to 10¢ per package over its former clamshell pack. A 16-position automatic heat sealer pays for itself in a year.
The PS resin used for Wilkinson?s DeltaPak, shown here in the trim press, has a modifier that gives the container just the right
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Food retailers like OPS tub for in-store applications

Wilkinson extrudes and thermoforms a two-piece tub with a snap-fit seal that keeps food fresh. Resin consistency and the right copolymer modifier help a lot.
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Self-sealing foam

Cro-nel Plus® is an easy-to-use cohesive foam cushioning material from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY). It uses Microfoam® PP instead of PE for a lighter weight product with a bond three times as strong, says the company.
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PET soda bottle recycling rate drops

Figures from the American Plastics Council show that 41% of polyethylene terephthalate soda bottles were reycled in 1995. That ends four successive years in which the percentage increased, says the Container Recycling Institute (Washington, DC), a proponent of refillables and deposit laws.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA) has licensed technology from Mauser (Bruehl, Germany) to produce and sell an intermediate bulk container made from recycled PE in the U.S.
The gearing on the orbital wrapper resembles that which is used on the gun turret of an armored tank, so it?s no wonder that rug
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Orbital wrapper contains costs for EPS molder

As the cost of corrugated climbed steadily last year, this producer of EPS sheets used in the building industry found an orbital stretch wrapper that was made to order.
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Design draws a bead on strong sales

The emergence of thousands of "reenacters," those participatory history buffs who restage old battles in full period dress, has created a growing need for the kind of black gun powder used in the days of the musket and powder horn.
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Packagers still seeking help on electronic components

Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
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Mold-in-place foam

An alternative to PS, paper and molded PS, Enviromold(TM) from Enpac (Wilmington, DE) is a mold-in-place packaging system that uses biodegradable polymers.
Software included in the Food Label Design kit enables designers to incorporate appropriate Nutrition Facts panels into their pa
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Hershey kisses NLEA headaches goodbye

Graphic designer at Hershey Chocolate uses software nutrition kit to simplify compliance with NLEA regulations.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Free-Flow Packaging Corp. (Redwood City, CA) has opened a loosefill manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.

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