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Void fill machine

The Easy Pack 428S from Tomen America (Charlotte, NC) is a system that takes flattened corrugated and cuts it into a stretchable, foldable honeycomb-like piece of void-fill packaging.
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics (sidebar)

Calendering developments show steady growth
At Wacker Silicones, an operator fills an IBC with a silicone-based product. Consisting of an HDPE bottle enclosed in a steel ca
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Headache disposal, too

When environmental legislation began to affect customers, Wacker Silicones switched to a durable industrial bulk container that eliminates customer hassles.
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NPE 1997 delivers a 'world of plastics'

Billed as the world's largest plastics exposition this year, NPE 1997 expects more than 1귔 exhibitors and 75ꯠ visitors at Chicago's McCormick Place between June 16 and 20. A technology-oriented conference program focusing on plastics trends will feature at least 100 industry experts.
High gloss is one of the characteristics of calendered plastic sheet (above) that makes it appealing to thermoformers. The speci
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics

Consistent sheet thickness and economics make calendered plastics appealing to thermoformers. How are plastics calendered? What are the current developments in calendering? Packaging World takes a look.
Controls Product Brief
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Print/apply labeler for adjacent case sides

Engineered to provide adjacent-side labeling on cases, Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) now offers the Label-Aire® wraparound print/apply labeling system with both cornerwrap and side-panel labeling capabilities.
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Pouch transfer machine

A new pouch transfer machine from Key Automation & Design (West St. Paul, MN) permits plants to upgrade pouch or bag loading from manual to automatic.
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T&A hitches its wagon to a brand

Already a leading marketer of its own branded, value-added, fresh-cut produce, Tanimura & Antle took its fresh-cut program to a whole new level on April 28.
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Liners on a roll

Custom Packaging Systems (Manistee, MI) is now offering form-fit bulk liners on a roll. Liners come in assorted sizes, gauges and barrier films. Spout length and diameter are designed to the customers' specifications with one or both spouts sealed.
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Applications news

Delaware-based Greif Bros. will expand its blow-molded industrial plastic container business from 55-gal drums to 275-gal intermediate bulk containers. By the third quarter of this year, it will take delivery on a blow molding machine made by Rikutec in Alternkirchen, Germany.
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Plastic drum

Florida Drum (Harrisburg, NC) has added a 15-gal size to its line of plastic drums. The Delta Drum 15 is designed to replace users' DOT 34-marked 15-gal drums, which can no longer be used in shipping, says the company.
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Chemical packaging plant explodes

An explosion followed by a fire at a chemical packaging plant in West Helena, AR, killed three firefighters and caused the governor to declare a state of emergency as the area was evacuated due to toxic fumes.
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Packaging foam

In response to recently established federal restrictions on the flammable content of foams, Sentinel Products (Hyannis, MA) has developed GH(TM)NE PE foam.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Caraustar Industries, Inc. (Austell, GA) and Paccess (Portland, OR) formed an equally owned joint venture to manufacture and sell paperboard tubes and cores in the Northwest U.S.
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Machine vision system

Sharp Digital Information Products (Irvine, CA) has developed a new machine vision system that does color inspection and tracking at speeds to 2꼀 parts/min.
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Temperature-sensitive film for fresh produce

Apio Inc. Value Added Group of Guadalupe, CA, is among the first companies to use a new technology for fresh-cut produce packaging. Developed by Landec (Menlo Park, CA), the Intellipac(TM) technology is based on an unusual "side chain crystallizable" polymer having an internal "temperature switch." At elevated temperatures, when respiring produce needs more oxygen, the polymer becomes more permeable, allowing the necessary oxygen in.
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Bag and pouch making

GN Packaging Equipment (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada): Medical pouch machines, GN26MP and GN36MP, produce pouches from webs to 26" and 36" widths, respectively.
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Applications news

Cranston, RI-based medical and electronics packaging designer Alga Plastics has purchased new thermoforming equipment from Armac Industries, a sister company of Sencorp Systems (Hyannis, MA).

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