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Four-side printing on flat corrugated boxes is like a carousel ride at Federal Cartridge. Not only does it save costs for shor
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Bar code requirements generate more than savings

A digital case printer replaces bar-coded labels for Federal Cartridge to cut costs. But the printer did much more when case supplies were tight and expensive.
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Steel-banded bales of separated recyclables are brought to this staging area prior to shipment to users of these recovered mater
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Waste not, want more

Laidlaw automates sorting of post-consumer recyclables at its Schaumburg, IL, material recovery facility. First-of-its-kind system separates plastics into four categories.
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Mini pouch machine

The Stick Pack from Hassia (Somerville, NJ) is a mini pouch vertical form/fill/seal machine for liquids, gels, or powders that produces up to 400 packages/min, depending on the number of lanes per index.
Updated graphics, sleeker contours and a wide base distinguish Hunt1s new blisters (above) from its original pack (right), which
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In the Hunt for higher output

To rejuvenate its old packaging, office supplies giant Hunt Manufacturing turns to one supplier for both a new package design and more productive machinery. The result is higher output with less labor.
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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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Drawroll bag maker

FMC's Packaging and Material Handling Div. (Green Bay, WI) introduced the SR-1400 Servo Draw® bag machine. The 56"-W split-roll bag machine permits a choice of side-weld or bottom-seal/twin-seal production.
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Spicing up a line (sidebar)

New flavors for sample packs
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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.
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Multi-stacker for pouches

The new Model PL Champ Pivot Loader from Dyna-Pak (Kennewick, WA) features continuous, automatic multi-stack packing at rates to 100 packages/min.
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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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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Acceleron Advantage, a new vertical f/f/s machine with 40% fewer parts. Forming tube assemblies are now changed simply by releasing two hand clamps, sliding out the old assembly, then sliding in and clamping another.
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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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Ice cream cup

Tetra Laval Food Hoyer (Pleasant Prarie, WI) has introduced the Tetra Cup. Targeted for ice cream applications, the polyethylene/ paperboard/polyethylene structure may soon be used for margarine or cultured products, according to the company.
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Marketing book

"The Total Package: The Evolution and Secret Meanings of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Tubes" explores the evolution of packaging throughout history and reveals ways in which manufacturers use marketing strategies to sell their products.
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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Meat packaging film

American National Can (Chicago, IL) has introduced a multilayer packaging film called Q3(TM). An addition to the proprietary Tubular Water Quenched line of plastic packaging, Q3 offers enhanced performance for traditional processed meat products, such as sausages and lunch meats, as well as applications that use a deep-draw process, such as bulk smoked sausage or braunschweiger.
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Soup cups go private label (sidebar)

Better bagging, too

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