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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Filtertek, Inc. (Hebron, IL) is integrating its thermoform companies: Robinson Industries (Huntley, IL), Fuzere Manufacturing Inc. (Stockton, CA), Fuzere Midwest (Huntley, IL) will be known as Tek Packaging Group (Huntley, IL).
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Squeezing out productivity

An adjustable guiderail system allows juice producer Hansen's Juices to maximize output, minimize downtime. Sizing up and down lets line focus on "just-in-time" technology.
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Pouch filler/sealer

The MFG-Gemini tandem pouch fill/seal eight-station packaging machine from Amplas (Green Bay, WI) can handle two pouches at a time at speeds to 60 pouches/min.
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Revamped Bottle Bill Could Be Worth Cost, Study Says

A new study on the costs and benefits of a national bottle bill conducted for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that the social benefits of deposit legislation would slightly outweigh the costs-provided a least-cost system were adopted.
The customized slave pallet, shown above left and below, provides an assembly base for the sterilizer. Pieces of the sterilizer
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Multiple materials protect international shipments

Amsco integrates fabricated and molded foam, corrugated and plywood to protect $35ꯠ medical sterilizer. Along with absorbing shock and providing cushioning, the new pack also provides an assembly base.
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Horizontal pouch machine

Volpak's S-240 horizontal pouch machine is available from Raymond Automation (Norwalk, CT). Using rollstock, it creates stand-up pouches with a straw inserted inside the pouch instead of affixed on the outside.
Plymouth Tube?s long lengths of stainless steel tubing require boxes up to 25? long (above). To help stabilize the long containe
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Laminated paperboard cures distribution headaches

Wooden crates couldn't consistently protect Plymouth Tube's costly containers of stainless steel tubing. New paperboard packs protect both product and company image.
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AmeriStar's industrial winners

Winners of the 1994 AmeriStar Package awards were announced November 12 at a reception held in conjunction with Pack Expo in Chicago. Sponsored by the Herndon, VA-based Institute of Packaging Professionals, recipients in the Industrial Category included a multi-compartment paperboard container for pressure transmitters and a polycarbonate suspension system for silicon wafers.
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Flexible pouch report

Flexible pouch packaging has not been properly applied and marketed, according to a new multi-client study from Rubbright-Brody (Eagan, MN) and published by Packaging Strategies (West Chester, PA).
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Reclosable pouches

DuraZip(TM) pouches from Duralam (Appleton, WI) offer increased shelf life, improved moisture and oxygen barriers, and minimal flavor scalping.
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Cargo restraint brochure

Walnut Industries (Bensalem, PA) now offers a 4-page brochure on the Ty-Gard freight restraint system. It describes how the 15" wide bands of industrial fiber-reinforced material adhere to vehicle walls via Ty-Bond, a dry, high-strength adhesive with minimal peel resistance.
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Conveying system

The BULKAIR® conveying system packaging station is a high-volume loose fill dispensing machine from Free-Flow Packaging (Redwood City, CA). Individually designed to meet specific requirements, from overhead gravity-fed systems to high-volume, semi-automatic systems.
American Ingredients began using intermediate bulk containers instead of steel drums for shipments of its cooking oils to custom
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American Ingredients 'sells' disposability

The replacement of steel drums with a biodegradable, corrugated intermediate bulk container surprises American Ingredients with extra benefits in production and sales.
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Single-piece drum

Sonoco Products, Industrial Container Div. (Hartsville, SC), introduces a single-piece 55-gal drum with a concave center sump for optimal drainability of 100 ml or less.
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Flexible tubes

Flexible tubes from Brechteen (Chesterfield, MI) are made from polyamide for clip cut resistance and good size control. For use in packaging oils, powders, adhesives and consumer products.
An ARS worker prepares a radiator for shipment. The converter folds kraft paper in a way that creates air pockets, which prov
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Radiator maker warms up to paper

Faced with new General Motors' specifications for paper-based packing materials, this automotive supplier found a dunnage system that is both environmentally friendly and economical.
For the 4-oz ?dairy? line, foil cups (right) have been replaced by a ramekin-style cup (center), and a redesigned folding carton
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology

Package redesign enhances images of upscale cheeses. New MAP package is a first for dairy while another pack pioneers an injection-molding method.
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Bagging system

Available in the U.S. through Len E. Ivarson (Milwaukee, WI), Halmsted, Sweden-based Joker System has introduced the 300 Series bagging system.

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