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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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New container concepts

Envirodan (Holte, Denmark) has applied for patents on three new plastic container concepts. PlayPack containers are shaped so that they stack easily and can be reused by children as building blocks.
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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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Reusability wins awards

The Ron Hayter Awards, for plastic packaging designed with environmental impact in mind, were announced November 8. Sponsored by the Environment and Plastics Institute of Canada (EPIC), headquartered in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, the awards program is in its fifth year.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
Side view of the thermoformed PVC tray shows its 3 1/2? depth
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Packaging helps a new market blossom

California flower grower enters the foodservice market by developing an MAP packaging system that's right at home in the refrigerated foodservice distribution chain.
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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).
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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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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Reclosable pouches

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