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Net weigh/fill systems

Powell Systems (Youngstown, OH) offers the AWC Series of automatic net weigh/fill systems for free-flowing food products and bulk materials. They package products into bags, trays, boxes or plastic-lined cases.
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Materials Product Brief
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Thermoformed clamshells

Polyfoam Packers (Wheeling, IL) has introduced 16 stock sizes of thermoformed clamshells with a J-hook merchandising option. Made of PVC, they are available in 15- and 20-ga thicknesses.
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Rotary lidding system

Model RO112HB is a rotary lidding system from Engineered Automation (Comstock Park, MI) that uses a continuous rotary design for accurate placement of snap-on lids.
The European Union?s Ecolabel symbol (top) can be used on packages that meet its standards. The Green Dot (far left) has been us
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In Europe, packaging take-backs are hot

Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
Materials Product Brief
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Indenting machine

The new TB 986 tabletop indenting machine from Algene Marking (Garfield, NJ) uses pressure and steel type to indent up to two lines of text into folding cartons or blister cards.
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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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Blister packaging machine

Alloyd (DeKalb, IL) will debut its redesigned six-station blister packaging machine, offering faster cycle speeds and improved operator comfort. A side-loading blister magazine is now positioned above the eject mechanism on the outside of the machine, allowing reloading while the machine is in operation.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Molding foam

Used with Instapak® foam-in-bag packaging systems, Instapak molding foam from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) is a .65 mid-density foam specifically designed to cost-effectively improve the packaging performance of mold-ed cushions.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Tuscarora, Inc. (New Brighton, PA) acquired thermoformer FormPac Corp. (Sandusky, OH).
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.
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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.
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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.
News
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Entrée salads with a paperboard twist

Fresh-cut produce in extended-shelf-life packaging remains one of the hottest areas of food packaging today. The latest entry is an entrée: Ready-To-Go Entrée Salads from Fresh Express of Salinas, CA.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Berkley Packaging Industries (La Mirada, CA) has formed Berkley Medical Industries (San Marcos, CA) by acquiring thermoformer Schneider Plastics, Inc.
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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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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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