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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) has expanded into Brazil by joining forces with For-Plas (Araras, Brazil), a supplier of peel-off metal ends and plastic components, to form Sonoco For-Plas.
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Materials Product Brief
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Honeycomb dispensing system

Flextra Matic On-Line® is a new dispensing system for Astro-Valcour's (Glens Falls, NY) Flextra honeycomb cushioning system. Designed for high-volume lines, the system offers nine product options (up to three plies with or without top and/or bottom sheets).
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco Industrial Container Div. (Marietta, GA) announced a strategic partnership with Sotralentz, S.A. (Drulingen, France) to jointly offer IBCs as well as a single global recycle/reuse network for customers shipping liquid products across the Atlantic.
Materials Product Brief
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Net weight filling machine

The SP Filler net weight filling machines from Lakewood Manufacturing (Holland, MI) are designed for bulk filling of loose, flowing product such as dried fruit, confectionery items and pet treats into boxes, bags and other containers.
By squeezing a scissors valve on a downspout, an operator releases loose fill into a shippper. 3Com products (inset) are surrou
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3Com relies on 'greener' loose fill

A leading manufacturer of routers, hubs, switches, modems, and other computer networking devices, 3Com Corp. has a strong record of responsible environmental leadership.
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Tube filler

The new TFS 10 is a low- to mid-volume tube filler from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) designed to meet the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and other small-run pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturers.
As a case nears the print-and-apply labeling system, it passes between two 3towers2 that form a 100-watt light 3curtain2. As
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Print-and-apply units compute for Bay Networks

Computer peripheral maker/distributor Bay Networks doubles throughput at its Sunnyvale, CA, distribution center with an automated print-and-apply labeling system and networked computer software systems.
At the machine1s infeed, bottles are first handed off to the 16-valve fill-to-level filler (above). Platforms elevate each bott
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Monoblock propels Skyy into new markets

Filler/capper monoblock machine for miniature bottles of spirits enables Frank-Lin Distillers to permit customers like Skyy Spirits to enter the mini market on the West Coast.
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Engineers paid well to handle changes (sidebar)

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New look for tubes

Freeman Cosmetics' new Aromatherapy line, introduced in July, includes two packages that are real departures for the Los Angeles-based company.
Materials Product Brief
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Company brochure

Display Pack (Grand Rapids, MI) has released a brochure on its converting and contract packaging capabilities. Six-, five- and two-color presses for printed packaging materials are described.
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Bagging system

The new Sprint bagger from the SidePouch(TM) Div. of Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) will debut at WestPack. Its unique features-including a rectangular bag opening, adjustable rails and the ability to handle multiple bags simultaneously-make it especially suitable for hard-to-package kit items.
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Land O'Lakes tests fresh meal kits

In May, a new contender in the burgeoning home meal replacement category quietly appeared in the refrigerated produce section of Chicago-area grocery stores.
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Intermediate bulk container

Consisting of a metal frame and pallet with sides that are food-grade molded virgin PP, the Pallecon 330 from TNT Container Logistics (Franklin Park, IL) can hold the equivalent of six 55-gal drums.
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Cartoner

The Cartopac CP80R is a medium-speed rotary-style cartoner from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ). Suitable for cartoning a range of products, including tubes, bottles, blisters, jars, sachets and printed leaflets, at speeds to 85 products/ min.
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Pouch brings fruit smoothies to the supermarket

Houston-based Tropeak® is banking on a stand-up pouch with zipper reclosure to make Smoothy fruit drinks an everyday beverage in homes across America.
Materials Product Brief
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Biodegradable polyester

DuPont Films (Wilmington, DE) has introduced a hydro/biodegradable polyester that is said to decompose without harm to the soil or environment. A modified PET polymer, Biomax can be made into fibers, films or resins, and has a melting point of around 200°C.
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Paperboard crates

The Reddi®-Crate system offers the beam strength of a wood crate with the shock absorbency and light weight of a triple-wall or corrugated box, says manufacturer Reddi-Pac (Bridgeport, PA).

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