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A stepper-driven corner labeler (above) uses a pneumatic tamping mechanism to apply a preprinted bar-code label that?s rolled ar
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A reusable case for automation

New equipment at Herr Foods is among the first that erects, packs and seals tough-to-handle corrugated cases that are reused up to five times.
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HDPE films

Process modifications have improved the tear performance of Monax® Plus oriented HDPE films produced by Tredegar Industries (Richmond, VA). Traditional paper/poly/foil/poly pouches, product overwraps and stand-up pouches are examples of packaging that can benefit from these improved films.
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Thermoformed containers

Clamshells and two-piece packaging can be custom-thermoformed by Capco Plastics (El Paso, TX). Made of either PVC or Eastar(TM) PETG copolyester from Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN), they can be produced in thicknesses from 7.5 to 40 mil, in sizes beginning at 2" sq.
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Reusable IBC

The Ecobulk MX from Schutz Container Systems (Perryburg, OH) is a UN-approved composite intermediate bulk container designed for the transport of liquids.
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Bulk back unloading frame

Material Transfer and Storage (Allegan, MI) has introduced a bulk bag unloading frame for the chemical, pharmaceuticals and plastics industries. Full bags are placed inside this freestanding frame and then lifted by hoist or fork truck to the top of the frame.
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Break/peel/push blister security

A unique break/peel/push blister pack devised by Chicago-based G.D. Searle provides a heightened degree of child-resistance for its Covera-HS prescription medication, launched in June.
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Bagging machine

Rovema's (Lawrenceville, GA) SBS/250 continuous-motion vertical form/fill/seal machines can produce the Stabilo Bag and Stabilo Box at speeds to 120/min.
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Frozen--and functional--Paradise

Frozen Paradise Drinks(TM), Seagram Beverage Co.'s late entry to the successful premixed, shelf-stable frozen drink category, may prove that good things happen to those who wait.
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Powder and granular fillers

John R. Nalbach Engineering Co. (Countryside, IL) has released a brochure describing its Necoflo G4 family of powder and granular fillers. The Necoflo G4 Rotary High Speed Volumetric Filler handles rigid containers from 2" to-63/16" dia at speeds from 140 to 480 cpm.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

U.S. Can Corp. (Oak Brook, IL) has agreed to purchase plastic pail producer CPI Plastics, Inc. (Newnan, GA) and two related companies, CP Illinois (Jerseyville, IL) and CP Ohio (Alliance, OH).
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Locking clamshells

Ivex Packaging (Lincolnshire, IL) has added eight new sizes to its Bar-Lock container line. These clear, oriented PS thermoformed clamshells are suited for cafeterias or the bakery, deli and produce departments of grocery stores.
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Mixing into the marketplace

Originally a producer of iced tea concentrate for foodservice, Beach Brew Beverage Co.'s first retail introduction comes in an attention-getting package: a die-cut pouch resembling a pitcher and containing a liquid iced tea concentrate.
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Foam-in-bag system

Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has introduced a low-density top-fill packaging foam that expands to 200 times its original liquid volume to hold products in place within a shipper.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 registration: ITW Angleboard's (Glenview, IL) Loveland, OH, plant; Jefferson Smurfit's (St. Louis, MO) Corona, CA, Boston, MA, and Shelby, NC, container plants, as well as its Ft.
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Recycled HDPE pellets

Recycle (S. Plainfield, NJ) has developed a system which can turn HDPE chips accumulated from destroyed drums into clean, high-quality recycled resin pellets.
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Toothpaste in a pouch

Thanks to their minimal environmental impact compared to rigid containers, flexible pouches have made steady inroads in one product category after another.
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Thermoforming assembly

Placon (Madison, WI) has developed The Placon 2000(TM), an assembly system that packages products in clamshells or blister cards. It performs multiple packaging functions in one high-speed line, and can be custom configured to include denesting or card insertion, in-line filling, p-s labeling, sealing, overwrapping, coupon insertion, bar code testing, pick-and-place and pack out.
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Packagers gain price cuts for recycled materials

Buyers of recycled plastics are seeing easing of prices, except for HDPE. Recycled paper prices have precipitously dropped as European economies stagnate.

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