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Loose fill

Made from 100% cornstarch by American Excelsior (Arlington, TX), Eco-Foam® SD is a loose-fill packaging material for both cushioning and void-fill applications.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, SC) has expanded into Brazil by joining forces with For-Plas (Araras, Brazil), a supplier of peel-off metal ends and plastic components, to form Sonoco For-Plas.
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Honeycomb dispensing system

Flextra Matic On-Line® is a new dispensing system for Astro-Valcour's (Glens Falls, NY) Flextra honeycomb cushioning system. Designed for high-volume lines, the system offers nine product options (up to three plies with or without top and/or bottom sheets).
Semi-automatic capping (above) helps Nakano Foods keep capital costs down as it gauges demand for new products like its Mitsukan
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Flexible filling for salad dressings

Japanese food company Nakano Foods tests U.S. demand for its salad dressings with a flexible moderate-volume filling line.
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Airknife dryer

The Sonic XE Airknife from Sonic Air Systems (Brea, CA) uses a uniquely shaped tube to provide efficient drying in numerous applications, including empty or filled containers after rinsing.
Labeled bottles travel through this 0;bridge? between the molding plant and the bottling operation on what may be the longest a
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Coke 'airmails' bottles at 1,000 bpm

More than 6괌 feet of air conveyors at Jundiai, Brazil, carry contour PET Coca-Cola bottles from blow molders to labelers and then on to bottling lines some 220 yards away. U.S. technology keeps filling lines from having to wait for prelabeled bottles.
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Unit-dose splitter

The HUD (hospital unit-dose) Splitter from Sepha (Irvine, CA) is designed to cut hospital unit-dose blister packs into single packs without affecting the seal or product identification information.
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Header card applicator

Action Packaging Automation (Roosevelt, NJ) has introduced an automatic machine that applies header cards to packages. Said to be up to four times faster than manual methods, the Autocard system allows one operator to apply header cards to pouches at rates to 30 pouches/min.
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Case packer for pouches

The Efficia 100 case packer from Unitrak (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada) is designed to pack a wide variety of individually pouched products such as coffee, iced tea and cereal into a case.
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Trimming lawn trimmer line costs

This past spring, Frigidaire Home Products, formerly Poulan/Weed Eater, began selling its lawn trimmer replacement line in a two-piece clamshell of polyvinyl chloride that provides several advantages to both Frigidaire and consumers.
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Electric stapler

Model SJM-1 Little Giant Electric Stapler from Staplex (Brooklyn, NY) is designed to staple header cards, clamshells, blisterpacks, and display cards.
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Breathable can for Gloria Jean's coffees

For gift packs, Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees of Castroville, CA, has switched from steel cans containing 1.75 oz of ground coffee to 4-oz foil/paperboard canisters.
Early shipments of the product carried a label covering only half the lid, but now a round label covering the whole lid provide
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Fruit's best fresh, MAP cup proves

Canadian fruit marketer uses modified atmosphere packaging to get a fresh fruit combo, with an 18-day shelf life, to convenience stores via central distribution channels.
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High-speed bagging

The UltraStar XLT high-speed bagging system from Bemis Packaging Machinery (Minneapolis, MN) uses a PC to interface with the Bemis Smart Distributed System for increased control.
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New look for tubes

Freeman Cosmetics' new Aromatherapy line, introduced in July, includes two packages that are real departures for the Los Angeles-based company.
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Company brochure

Display Pack (Grand Rapids, MI) has released a brochure on its converting and contract packaging capabilities. Six-, five- and two-color presses for printed packaging materials are described.
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Bagging system

The new Sprint bagger from the SidePouch(TM) Div. of Automated Packaging Systems (Streetsboro, OH) will debut at WestPack. Its unique features-including a rectangular bag opening, adjustable rails and the ability to handle multiple bags simultaneously-make it especially suitable for hard-to-package kit items.
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Land O'Lakes tests fresh meal kits

In May, a new contender in the burgeoning home meal replacement category quietly appeared in the refrigerated produce section of Chicago-area grocery stores.

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