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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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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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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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Auger filler

The Quad Servo 1000 multiple- lane auger filler from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Sturtevant, WI) is designed to dispense small amounts of dry spices and seasonings into cups and thermoformed containers in mutiple lane configurations.
After containers are inserted into pucks by a rotary turret (top) that1s integrated into the unscrambler (at left, opposite page
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Pucks combat pack proliferation at Chesebrough-Pond's

Body wash filling line is outfitted with a puck handling system for bottles that increases throughput by 25% while virtually eliminating container size changeover.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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.
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Gauging demand for calendered plastics (sidebar)

Calendering developments show steady growth
Sold in 539 Migros supermarkets in Switzerland, Sports+Fit isotonic drink comes in a bottle made of a low-NDC-level PET copolyme
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PEN polymers lure beverage marketers

Superior thermal properties, chemical resistance, and high barrier to oxygen transmission have made PEN and other naphthalate-based materials irresistable for a hot-filled isotonic drink and for citrus juices.
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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.
A plastic shutter enters the shrink wrapper, passing beneath the forming plow that wraps the film around and underneath. At the
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Wrapping up changeover

Design House's new shrink wrapping line handles packages in various lengths without the need for changeover.
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Shelf present

With so many salon haircare products available today, it can be difficult for one brand to stand out, especially when competing with big names like Paul Mitchell and Aveda.
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Matrix finds 'suede' takes special handling

The use of a new copolymer for its 'soft feel' requires special care in container handling to preserve its appearance for men's haircare line. That risk wins a Best of Show in the National Assn. of Container Distributors competition.
The 40-valve gravity/vacuum filler selected by Jim Beam minimizes product foaming to permit filling speeds of 180 bottles/min. T
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New level of packaging technology reaches Jim Beam

Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.

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