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Disposable tote drain

The EZ-Drain from Paper Systems (Des Moines, IA) is a TE valve system that permits complete product evacuation of the company's EZ-Bulk tote system.
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NutraSweet drum labeler keeps on ticking

Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.
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Auger filler

The Servo 3000 auger filler from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Sturtevant, WI) uses a patent-pending "sliding key" auger adapter shaft to remove auger screws for changeovers without tools.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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CD packages

Plastofilm Industries (Wheaton, IL) has announced three thermoformed packages designed to hold 31/2" CD-ROM discs and 5" CDs. The 31/2" design has two snap-together parts that can be stacked for multi-disc shipping or storage, and is interchangeable as the top or bottom.
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From aseptic pouch to aseptic carton

A 500-mL aseptic brick-pack for foodservice customers is helping Tetley® USA, Shelton, CT, cash in on the explosive growth of fruit-flavored iced teas.
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Self-venting pouch

A new, patented self-venting stand-up pouch from Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) permits microwave heating of liquid or high-moisture products. It consists of a peelable strip sealed inside the top of any standard stand-up pouch.
Materials Product Brief
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PVC blister film

Mirrex® 1025 PVC pharmaceutical blister film from American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) provides faster cycle times, and forms at temperatures as low as 67° C.
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Composite canister cuts costs

When a metal can supplier phased out the can sizes used by Beer Nuts, Inc. for its namesake snack, the Bloomington, IL-based snack company turned to composite canisters from Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
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Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
Cushioned by inner and outer double-wall corrugated boxes separated by polyethylene foam pads, fully set up POS terminals provi
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No assembly required for IBM terminals

Defying traditional notions of protective packaging, IBM ships an all-in-one pack for preconfigured point-of-sale computer terminals. Customers no longer receive separately boxed components, escaping baffling product setup.
On the bloc system, bottles move from the rinser (A), to the filler (B), then the capper (C). Infeed, discharge and transfer w
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PET water bottles flow through filling

AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
At each of the five net weigh fillers, product flows from vibratory feeders (right) into the weigh bucket. The filler in the abo
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Blue Diamond shines with new case handling system

From case setup to case taping, corrugated cases are automatically guided through a "smart" handling system, part of which is hoisted out of the way when 1겨-lb totes are running.
Materials Product Brief
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Cushioning foam

PolyPlank Ultra® is a high-performance, fine cell extruded PE foam from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY) that provides good cushioning and surface protection.
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Two-piece D&I cans for aerosols

Beverage packers have enjoyed the benefits of lightweight D&I two-piece cans for years. This company is out to prove that aerosol cans can be similarly fashioned.
Materials Product Brief
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Thermoforming resins

Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) has introduced two new HDPE resins for extruding or thermoforming that allow up to 20% faster cycle times and downgauging by as much as 10% compared to traditional HDPE resins.
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Laser coders

Lumonics Corp. (Oxnard, CA) has released a new four-page illustrated brochure that describes the Lumonics/Oxnard Operations new LaserMark® 950 SSM and 960 SSM laser marking systems equipped with the company's latest development-the revolutionary Solid State Modulator (SSM).
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Polystyrene loosefill

Free-Flow Packaging (Redwood City, CA) has introduced Flo-Pak Super 8(TM), designed for heavy items requiring a sturdier loosefill. It's made of 100% waste PS, including 35% PCR content.

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