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Polyester label film

Polytuff polyester label film from Avery Dennison's Soabar Systems Div. (Philadelphia, PA) is available in metallic, white or clear to meet a variety of application requirements.
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Sandoz has introduced its sensitive Lescol heart medication capsules in light-protective two-layer coextruded bottles
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication

The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
The tear strip is pulled open (left) to expose the reclosable zipper. Also visible is thepressure-sensitive label that?s manuall
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Golden Stream adds 'zip' to its bags

To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
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Imagesetter aids Chicago Litho Plate

An imagesetter is providing faster turnaround time, added flexibility and improved separation quality and accuracy for Chicago Litho Plate's prepress operations.
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Tube filling machinery

IWK's (Fairfield, NJ) Model TFS 20 tube filling machinery offers quick-release interlocking parts designed to accommodate design variations. Allows quick changeovers with only 14 replaceable tubeholder cups and related product contact parts.
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Flexibles mark technical achievements

FPA '94 competition winners created specialized packs: a child-resistant, easy-open bag and a recloseable handle bag for insecticides; a flexible wrapper for a rare crystal block; and a special bag containing a tarnish preventer for shipping jewelry.
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Laser scanning sensor

A new version of the Lasernet® scanning laser sensor from Namco Controls (Mentor, OH) employs a solid-state laser diode light source instead of helium-neon laser tubes.
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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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Tube gauge

A universal tube gauge for aluminum and plastic squeeze tubes is now available from Victor Tube (Pittsburgh, PA). It can determine diameters for crimped and filled or open and unfilled tubes, as well as tube lengths and orifice sizes.
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Liquid bulk containers

EZ-Bulk® corrugated containers from Paper Systems (Des Moines, IA) for shipping nonhazardous liquid products weigh less than 75% of traditional containers and can be recycled.
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In-line blister f/f/s

The BM-A f/f/s machine from CSD Intl. (Shelburne Falls, MA) is designed for blister packaging of small- and medium-sized products. With production speeds to 25 cycles/min, it is suitable for hand loading or integration with a production mach-ine.
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Weight selection system

Eagle Packaging (Oakland, CA) has introduced the Golden Eagle Weight Selection System for fragile, frozen, bulky or hard-to-handle products. Keeps giveaways to less than 1g/lb.
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Getting a clear look at premiums

The packaging of electric shavers for promotional merchandising through mass-market outlets is sort of like trying to hit a moving target: the requirements are subject to change.
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Software systems 'pop' big savings for Weaver

Computer software helps Weaver Popcorn improve pallet patterns and downsize corrugated shippers. The result is savings of thousands in freight and material costs.
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U.S. packaging rules square with UN recommendations

Performance-oriented packaging regs for hazardous material shipping are more sweeping than simply shifting to United Nations standards. Some changes relating to drum packages are being criticized.
Thanks to the rugged F-style gallon can, Coleman?s case
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Coleman saves with performance packaging

In shifting to performance-oriented corrugated packaging for hazardous materials, Coleman found it could save $63ꯠ by reducing specifications on containers of camping fuel.
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PS loose fill

Free-Flow Packaging (Red-wood City, CA) has introduced 8PAK(TM), a reusable PS loose fill. Cushions both heavy and fragile items. Can be used in a variety of industries, as a finished product or by converters or expanders.
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Filling in container corners adds convenience

New space-efficient rectangular 5-gal jug helps C.A.R. Products improve filling and handling. Convenience for end users helps boost sales by 10%.

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