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Honeycomb cushioning

The Flextra® system for void-fill cushioning from Astro Valcour (Glens Falls, NY) uses rolls of recycled kraft paper with thousands of tiny incisions that stretch open when tension is applied, resulting in a three-dimensional honeycomb.
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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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Recyclable furniture bag

The Recover(TM) bag from U.S. Packaging (Greensboro, NC) is a strong, well-cushioned recyclable furniture bag. Made entirely of International Paper's (Purchase, NY) Camden® Premier kraft paper with a 70% recycled content.
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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.
Cap feeder delivers caps to capper, which has a removable brass chute end (inset) dedicated to each cap size. No tools are neede
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Versatility drives Shrader line design

A short while ago, contract packager Shrader Canada rarely filled more than 8ꯠ bottles of liquid automotive products per shift. A new and versatile line now lets the firm reach 26ꯠ per shift .
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PE foam sheeting

Astro-Foam® from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY) is an all-purpose PE foam sheet material designed for static protection, insulation, void fill and cushioning.
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Shipping mailers

Astro-Valcour (Glen Falls, NY) has released a four-color brochure describing its full line of shipping mailers. It describes advantages of Air-Kraft® recycled bubble shippers, Pad-Kraft® padded shippers, white reinforced Tuff-Kraft® utility shippers and new Poly-lite(TM) polyolefin mailers.
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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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.
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Barrier bags

ValPar(TM) barrier bags from Paramount Packaging (Chalfont, PA) and Van Leer Flexibles (Houston, TX) provide an alternative to foil/poly lamination bags.
Ener-G Foods is phasing out the package on the far left, produced from rollstock on a thermoform/seal machine, in favor of the
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Ener-G goes glass

Silica-coated polyester in a three-layer pre-made bag gives Ener-G Foods the 12-month shelf life needed to market its dietetic bread products around the world.
Controls Product Brief
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Form/fill/seal system

Universal Packaging (Houston, TX) has redesigned the Mark Series automatic vertical f/f/s system to incorporate PLC-driven Touch Command software. All set-up and filler functions, including fill and production weights, seal temperatures, batch counts, machine timing and storage, can now be handled from a single control panel.
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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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Protective materials

American Excelsior (Arlington, TX) has introduced Eco-Foam® starch-based colored sheets and planks. They can be fabricated into a variety of forms, including end caps, pouches, edge protectors, rolls and die-cut shapes.
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Filler speeds glass bottle output

Besides its labeling upgrades, Heaven Hill Distilleries last March added a Husky Model V-60 rotary fill-to-level gravity/vacuum filler for its 750-mL round glass bottling line.
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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.
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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Chantilly, VA) new pouch feeder gently single files numerous styles of pouches at speeds to 220/min. Pouches are fed into a centrifugal feeder, where an integral star wheel system picks them up from the rim of the feeder and places them end to end on an elevated conveyor.
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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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