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Bulk bag discharger

Spiroflow's (Monroe, NC) new bulk bag discharger with an electric hoist can be used with bulk bags weighing 500 to 3ꯠ lb. Major components are made from welded tubular steel for minimal field assembly and added safety.
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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.
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 .
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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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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Air cushioning envelope

Polyair Packaging (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Eco-Lite shipping envelope, made of 100% recycled golden kraft with a 20% post-consumer content and a blend of 25% recycled PE resins.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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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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.
Materials Product Brief
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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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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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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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