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The three photos above show two 24-count trays shrink-wrapped into a single retail pack (top), a single 24-count tray with prot
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Shrink wrap system provides big retail thrust

A shrink wrapper overcomes heat and packing obstacles to bundle two 24-count trays of mr. big candy bars, enabling Neilson Cadbury to satisfy Canada's retailer demand for a 48-count pack.
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Recycled bubble cushioning

Sealed Air's (Saddle Brook, NJ) AirCap® and Polycap® bubble cushioning materials are now made with a minimum of 30% recycled plastic, not including internal scrap, and at least 15% post-consumer content.
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Military shipping brochure

Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) has published a brochure focusing on the use of PadPak® cushioning in military-related products. The four-color, eight-page brochure describes how the PadPak system for void-fill, wrapping, cushioning, blocking and bracing meets or exceeds all conventional and most military regulations for dunnage packaging.
The new inner cap for Maybelline lipsticks not packed in blister cards is a thermoforming and trimming achievement. This is espe
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Maybelline 'caps' thermoforming technology

High-cavity tooling and a unique tandem trim operation with special matched-metal cutting dies produce a new inner cover for lipsticks. Shrink label provides security for products sold without blister cards.
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IBM rides new 'saddle' suspension pack

IBM selects a new 'saddle' suspension pack to protect low-profile products like hard disk drives. Increased recyclability also results in cost savings, better performance and inventory reduction.
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Bag discharger

The BFF Series bulk bag discharger from Flexicon (Phillipsburg, NJ) uses two devices to promote full un-loading for both free-flowing and nonfree-flowing materials.
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Protective cushioning

AirfloPac(TM) is a patented protective cushioning from IntePac (King City, Ontario, Canada). It consists of reusable multi-chambered LDPE parts with "venturi" air-flow restricting tubes.
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Coextruded PET/RPET sheet

Wellman Inc.'s (Ripon, WI) Extrusion Division introduces a coextruded polyester rollstock using 100% post-consumer recycled PET sandwiched between two layers of virgin PET.
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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
The smooth vertical movement of the stretch wrapper?s film carriage is accomplished, in no small part, by plastic rollers (shown
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Rollers stabilize stretch wrapping

Contoured plastic rollers allow a film carriage to smoothly ascend and descend during stretch wrapping. OEM component helps packagers like Farley Candy wrap loads more efficiently.
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Intermittent-motion cartoner

The Cartopac CPE intermittent-motion cartoner from IWK Packaging Machinery (Fairfield, NJ) offers a unique "feed flat, print and assemble sequence" that keeps cartons flat for printing prior to erecting.
Ontario Foods was one of the first to use these automatic rotary cup feeders (above), which drop fresh columns of cups into th
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Soup cups go private label

An automated rotary cup feeder is a first on Ontario's sophisticated five-station filling line. The firm is targeting a whole new category in the private label business.
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One-piece tubes

Kranson Industries (St. Louis, MO) has introduced a new series of tubes manufactured with one-piece construction, which can provide benefits in lead times, design, decorating and barrier properties.
Not only does the new forming web for the Idexx blister pack provide better  barrier, it doesn1t turn yellow as its predecessor
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Lamination solves a pair of problems

Forming web used for blister packs of reagent chemicals turned yellow with age and provided insufficient moisture barrier. New material addresses both issues.
A 3? sidewall at the leading edge of the package becomes the base on which the package stands
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Pasta/produce combo gets tf/f/s treatment

Salinas produce marketer Tanimura & Antle thermoforms its own trays for the Broccoli Time combo pack. Will consumers get used to seeing such full meals in the refrigerated produce section?
The highly readable laser code (below left) is applied in-line, to a variety of Warner-Lambert1s 8- and 16-count packs of slab g
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Chewing up market share (sidebar)

Lasers sweeten coding for gum packs
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
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A wedge up on the competition

Cheesy packaging is not necessarily a bad thing. Just ask Jan Berger, president of Chicago-based Turtle Island, Inc., marketer of Just for Joy(TM) cheese-based gourmet soups.

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