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For packaging Steelcase?s heavy desktops, a single-wall, five-panel folder is easily inserted between two foot pedal-operated fi
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Steelcase corners corrugated savings

Office furniture maker alters distribution packaging for heavy desktops, increasing protection where it's needed, reducing it where it's not. Savings total nearly $180ꯠ/yr in materials and labor, while repetitive stress injuries are eliminated.
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PC Materials uses vacuum chamber coating equipment in its low-temperature plasma coating process. Here the substrate is visible
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Will silica coatings become more affordable?

From a relatively inexpensive liquid source, PC Materials extracts silica and chemically bonds it to the surface of polyester to create clear, high-barrier films.
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A step up for tube-making

Keeping afoot of recent trends in the personal care category, Los Angeles, CA-based Freeman Cosmetics Corp. introduced its new line of foot care products in foot-shaped tubes designed to stand out among competitors.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Corrupad Protective Packaging, Inc. (Bensenville, IL) and Kieffer Paper Mills, Inc. (Brownstown, IN) have formed a new paper manufacturing company called Enviro-Packaging Inc.
Saputo?s new MAP wrapper (far left) includes a bilingual copy display (left) that describes the product and size parameters that
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Simplified wrapper boosts output

Despite a high-tech wrapping material, Saputo had too many leakers of its block cheese packs. New wrapper greatly improves seals while it boosts line output and slashes changeover time.
2 Microperforations in the film are invisible to the naked eye
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
The new production line for Avitene includes this filler that precisely meters one gram of the product into a polycarbonate cup.
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Flexible pack cuts waste, improves performance

MedChem's surgical hemostat is switched from rigid packaging to a flexible chevron-seal pouch that's much easier to use. The reduction in packaging helped it win FPA's Green Globe environmental award.
4 Easy-open and reclosable 3-lb pouch handles Kaytee?s high-fat ferret food
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Flexible packaging advances reap rewards

This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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Heat sealer

Model 15-DLX is the latest two-station, semi-automatic shuttle heat sealer from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH). Sealing now takes place over the tray system to minimize required floor space to 26" x 66" and facilitate quick change-overs.
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Agricultural chemical IBC

MacMillan Bloedel Bulk Packaging (Marietta, GA) has introduced a 110-gal version of its SpaceKraft IBC used for semi-bulk shipments of nonhazardous liquids.
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Premium package for bagel chips

Long known as a marketer of frozen bakery products, Chicago-based Sara Lee Bakery has expanded into a number of new nonfrozen categories. In its current test of a new bagel chip product, it's relying on some powerful packaging to provide protection and sharp graphics.
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All aluminum blister

Teich Packaging (Northbrook, IL) has introduced a 100% aluminum blister designed for applications where humidity, oxygen, light or temperature sensitivity are critical to product protection.
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Dunnage bags

Reusable, recyclable dunnage bags are now available from Flexseal Intl. Packaging (Rochester, NY). Made of Valeron film, a five-layer lamination of HDPE and LDPE.
HeaterMeals is a truly self-contained meal and heating system. In use (above) the office worker is pouring water from the suppli
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When the package becomes the 'oven'

Designed for the military, a flameless ration heater is now used for a shelf-stable consumer entree that converts the carton into an oven. HeaterMeals packs 'everything but the appetite' into meals for people on the go.
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In-mold HDPE labels

International Paper (Memphis, TN) has introduced Polyweave(TM) in-mold labels. Made of HDPE, they do not have to be removed for recycling when used with HDPE bottles.
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The size of the can counts!

The size of a household's garbage container seems to be a controlling factor in the amount of waste discarded by that household. So says Dr. William Rathje, professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona, writing in the The ULS Report.
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Bulk system literature

Flexicon Corp. (Phillipsburg, NJ) introduces a new, six-page color brochure describing two types of bulk bag discharging systems. The BFF Series util-izes a forklifting frame to position bulk bags, and the BFC Series uses a cantilevered I-beam with hoist and trolley, eliminating the need for a forklift.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.

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