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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Triangle Increases PMMI Certified Training Staff

Triangle Package Machinery Company has appointed Rich Charleston as its newest PMMI Certified Trainer and Field Service Technician.
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Triangle makes personnel changes

Triangle Package Machinery has hired Jay Leveroni as its new Southeast Regional Sales Manager and has appointed Kim Magon to the position of Marketing Manager.  
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Employing packaging to energize nutraceuticals

 As functional foods, beverages, and nutritional supplements continue to blend into new categories, companies use packaging to help market innovative new products.
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Triangle hires Greg Osborne

Triangle Package Machinery Company announces that Greg Osborne has joined the organization as Sales Manager--Southeast Region.
Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, launched its global Sustainability Moments™ campaign to coincide with
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Triangle appoints new Director of Engineering

Triangle Package Machinery Company announces that Detlev D. Ansinn, P.E. has joined its organization as Director of Engineering.
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Anti-counterfeit strategy needs interdisciplinary approach

To develop and implement successful anti-counterfeit strategies, you need more than good technology.
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Chicago Area Manufacturer's Association (C.A.M.A) exhibits at Pack Expo

Through a cooperative arrangement, the Chicago Area Manufacturer’s Association (C.A.M.A.) provides its customers with fully-integrated primary and end-of-line packaging solutions.
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Promoting PLA to the consumer

The claims made about PLA to consumers differ in their relevance, as well as in their susceptibility to attacks; therefore, strategic thought should go into their choice.
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Analyzing bioplastic packaging's future

Bioplastics—the very name suggests sustainability, but that shouldn’t exempt these exciting new materials from an objective, probing analysis.
Belu, in 500-mL PLA bottles, is  "the first corn-based, biodegradable bottle in the United Kingdom."
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Analyzing bioplastic packaging's future

Bioplastics: The very name suggests sustainability, but that shouldn’t exempt the materials from an objective, probing analysis.
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Sustainable PET film forms 'tented-blister' three-pack

Soap products company strives to keep environment clean with innovative multi-pack structure.
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Poultry/pork processor bags big benefits

Albertville Quality Foods saves labor, improves bagging speeds, cuts giveaway by installing intermittent-motion vf/f/s machine and radial scale.
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Williams named vp of sales and marketing

Bob Williams was hired as vice president of sales and marketing for Triangle Package Machinery Co.
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The future of resealable packaging

Robert Hogan is director of international sales and marketing at Zip-Pak, a global leader in zipper technology for packaging. Bryan Muskat is president of Triangle Package Machinery, a leading supplier of zipper-compatible VFFS packaging machinery. Presented here are their views on the whys and wherefores of incorporating resealable packaging features.
Packaging World presented Printpack with an award in recognition of its 50th anniversary. Publisher Joe Angel (shown far left) p
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TRACKING PACKAGING CHANGES
Packaging for the Kodak Water & Sport one-time-use camera respond to club store needs. The primary packages are in a multipack t
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Reshaping Packaging's 'Silent Salesperson' Role

Clutter at retail, wider international markets, and evolving brand strategies lift packaging’s importance in making the sale.
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PACK EXPO Video: ProLine FC horizontal cartoning

PACK EXPO : Triangle is offering its ProLine FC horizontal cartoning machine at its booth, S-806, at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine
A single integrated controller (below) governs both the combination scale and the bagger (above) in Triangle's newer scale/bagge
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From custom to off-the-shelf controllers

Triangle Package Machinery routinely installs scale/bagger/cartoner systems for food manufacturers and other packaged goods marketers. Until recently, the scale and bagger in such an installation would have one controls platform and the cartoner another.
Bayer Biologicals has added shrink bands to its bottles of Gamunex that are random-printed with the Bayer logo.
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Packaging pirates avast

FDA is strongly encouraging drug manufacturers to confront counterfeiters, and to bring new technology to the agency’s attention.
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No uniformity for 'green' labeling

“Green labeling is no longer a voluntary marketing tool. The use of various—and sometimes conflicting—symbols has become mandatory in 21 countries,” says Michele Raymond, publisher of Recycling Laws International.
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High-speed poly bagger

The Advantage CM (speeds to 140/min) vf/f/s bagger from Triangle is ideal for IQF products, including poultry, meat, vegetables, fish, French fries, and more.
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FDA flashes red light to patent stays

Agency doesn’t want branded drug manufacturers to delay development of generics because of packaging claims. New limits on patents go into effect August 18.
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Companies

Morrison Timing Screw (Glenwood, IL) modernized its 15-year-old logo.
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FPA awards show flexible versatility

From fruit to juice to dog food to premixed grout, the winners in the Packaging Excellence category in FPA’s annual competition are a mixed bag.
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Menasha acquires companies

Menasha Packaging Co. LLC (Neenah, WI) has acquired both United Packaging (Schaumburg, IL) and Triangle Container Corp. (Philadelphia, PA).
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Companies

Interfilm Holdings (Piedmont, SC) will begin slitting and distributing Cellophane™ films for certain narrow-web customers of UCB Films (Smyrna, GA) located primarily in North America.
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Bag-in-box cartoner

Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago) will be introducing its bag-in-box cartoner, ProLine FC, at Pack Expo, booth 1121. ProLine FC employs a new method for inserting bags into cartons in single, twin, and triple pack patterns.
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Companies

–Rohm and Haas Co. (Philadelphia, PA) has started production of adhesives for the Latin American Region at its new Brazilian adhesives plant in Jacare’.
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New leaders for PMMI

Mel Bahr of MGS Machine Corp. was elected chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) at the group’s fall meeting in November in San Mateo, CA.
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Labels take bottles from the wine cellar to the trophy case

The annual Tag and Label Manufacturing Institute competition in October celebrated excellence in tag and p-s label design, as well as innovation in converting.
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PE-coated board guarantees quality

Cake manufacturer Mandelbagerist, Goteborg, Sweden, found the award-winning 16-pt, polyethylene-coated board was the solution to efficiently package its new single-serve almond dessert line. Board supplier Stora Enso (Stockholm, Sweden) was recently recognized for winning the International Wordstar Packaging Award for this triangle-shaped single pack.
Antibacterial  products like this hand soap would have to be very careful of its status with EPA before selecting package compon
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EPA trying to wrap up packaging standard

Agency would require containers for pesticide and anti-microbial products to pass DOT performance tests.
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A different kind of portal (sidebar)

Capsule reviews
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Speakers at Supercorrexpo 2000

The Assn. of Independent Corrugated Converters has announced the featured general session speakers for the 2000 AICC annual meeting scheduled Oct. 25-28.
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Shaped cans clean up for B2C sales

Ergonomic metal spray cans from Chase Products Co. contain a product-specific towel for cleanup. Customer-selected product mix in custom-packed, 8-count laminated case is prompted by Internet orders.
Frozen chicken wings are fanned out to individual weigh buckets by a dispersal cone (above). Bagged chicken drops out of the vf/
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Packaging of chicken wings takes off

When Canadian poultry producer Olymel automated the packaging of its chicken wings, it was able to redeploy 12 operators formerly required for manual packaging.
Bob Wyatt (left) of DuPont Cyrel accepts the 2000 Technological Innovator of the Year award from Randy Stober, FPPA Awards Judgi
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Achievements

SKC, Inc. (Seoul, South Korea) celebrated the grand opening of its polyester film mfg. plant in Covington, GA, with an open house ceremony attended by Gov.
Turning the crank on the E-Z Squeeze device permits nearly 100% usage of the tube's contents and also increases shelf life.
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Red Devil cranks up convenience

Home repair is made easy with caulk and sealants in squeeze tubes. A patented device fitted on the tube’s end allows consumers to roll up the empty end of the tube, thereby ensuring that virtually all of the product can be used. Red Devil uses the tubes for eight SKUs, including kitchen and bath caulk, wallpaper seam repair, tile adhesive and tile grout.
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Clarification

A story in Packaging World’s February ’00 issue on p. 20 lists Triangle Packaging’s (Chicago, IL) web site incorrectly. The correct Web site address is www.trianglepackage.com.
Seen in the foreground and background (below left) are unusual blending scale systems that deliver IQF vegetables (such as those
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Contract packager blends vf/f/s systems

Unusual integrated blending scale systems enable a California contract packager to fill as many as nine different individually quick-frozen vegetables into a single bag.
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Broad attendance at motion control meeting (sidebar)

Desparately seeking standards
Guiderail adjustment assemblies include cylindrical components (shown above and inset) that display color dots that correspond t
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Glaxo 'Wellcomes' quick-change software

As Glaxo Wellcome's Zebulon, NC, facility packs a wider variety of pharmaceuticals, quick-changeover equipment becomes top priority. Software developed in-house helps the plant reduce changeover times on its solid-dose packaging lines.
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Vf/f/s machine 'Advances' frozen chicken intro

Enid, OK-based Advance Food Company is rolling out its new Easy Beginnings line of cooked and seasoned chicken breast filets and slices. Easy Beginnings are filled, distributed and sold frozen in a 24-oz resealable bag similar to the printed mock-up shown.
To attract and keep talent like Herman Poon, vice president of business development, bottled water startup Natural Glacial Water
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Creative compensation keeps packaging people

To attract good packaging people, companies must pay top wages without leaving behind existing packaging employees. Alternative compensation practices can also help.by David Newcorn, Senior Editor
Downsizing of packaging departments in the past few years is creating a shortage of packaging professionals ?with a good history
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Packagers struggle with staffing

Manufacturers in virtually every industry-including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and even electronics-report that it's getting harder and harder to find and keep good packaging people.
A side view of one of Mount Rose?s two vf/f/s machines (left) shows the scale buckets that feed a custom-designed discharge hopp
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Mount Rose weighs gains from vf/f/s equipment

Two custom vertical form/fill/seal machines help frozen pasta co-packer Mount Rose Ravioli handle the output from processing equipment, increase its speeds and save more than $200ꯠ/yr through reduced labor and product giveaway costs.
Glaxo Wellcome keeps packaging engineers like Melissa Bonner (far left) invested in their jobs by asking them to participate in
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Keep work interesting, and they'll stay

To keep good packaging professionals, say the experts Packaging World talked to, challenge them with interesting work. Let them be creative, autonomous, even entrepreneurial.
Like Hewlett-Packard, whose jobs web site is shown here, more and more firms are relying on the Internet to attract people to pa
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How to find the best new hires in packaging

In today's tight labor market, companies are implementing a variety of strategies-some new, some tried and true-to attract the best talent to their packaging functions.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

The recent merger of TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI) with Triangle Plastics (Independence, IA) and Bigelow Packaging (Charlotte, NC) forms the largest thermoforming material handling plastics manufacturer in North America.
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Eat-in tray for single-serve cereal

Spotted by PW editors at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was a 1.7-oz microwavable single-serve paperboard tray with integral lid for hot cereal from Nature's Path Foods, Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
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Future shock (sidebar)

Blue-sky packaging ideas
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Supplier news: International agreements

Abamex Ingenieria, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico City, Mexico) now represents Triangle Package Machinery Co. (Chicago, IL) throughout Mexico.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Triangle Plastics (Independence, IA) has acquired TriEnda Corp. (Portage, WI) and Bigelow Packaging (Charlotte, NC).
The redesigned bags of chopped and shelled walnuts (left) provide a stronger brand identity than did their predecessor (above).
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Mariani's sales go nuts following graphic redesign

Richer, more vibrant colors, traditional logo and product viewing window trigger strong sales gains for Mariani, a California nut grower and processor.
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Supplier news: Achievements

PMMI has elected its 1998 officers: Fred C. Erler (Nordson Corp.), chairman; Robert S. Potdevin (Potdevin Machine Co.), vice chairman; Rich Kalich (Imtec, Inc.), secretary-treasurer; Barry W.
Joint Managing Directors Mal Smith (left) and Bill Walker save on engineering support costs by allowing the equipment supplier?s
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Modem bridges 8,000-mile gap

New Zealand's Grated Cheese Co. relies on its vendor's engineers for tech support of its new combination weigher-from 8ꯠ miles away.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Bigelow Packaging (Charlotte, NC) and Triangle Plastics (Independence, IA) extended their two-year manufacturing relationship through the year 2000 with a new manufacturing and marketing alliance.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future

The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.
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Expanding the scope of the operator

With computer and technological advances, the role of the packaging machinery operator continues to evolve as the year 2000 nears. Flexibility is key.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
For small runs of 500 bottles or fewer, a smaller vibratory counter is used since it provides fast, five-min changeover. It?s a
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Glaxo Wellcome counts its savings

An electronic tablet counter/filler for clinical trial drugs provides 15-min changeover, regardless of tablet size or shape.
Downgauged film for coffee packs (right) helps Virtues of Coffee save energy costs during vf/f/s (below). The film?s added punc
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Coffee packer finds Virtues in thin film

By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
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Soup cups go private label (sidebar)

Better bagging, too
Improvements in materials and machines helped Kraft Canada reduce leakers on zippered cheese packs
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Team effort builds a better zipper

Continuous Improvement Teams at Kraft Canada wouldn't rest until the leaker rate on the firm's zippered reclosable cheese packs was firmly under control.
Clay-coated newsback cartons have replaced SBS board for Pilling Weck1s line of disposable medical devices. The new cartons, so
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Folding carton changes rescue medical products maker

Changing from preprinted SBS to clay-coated newsback with labels printed and applied in-house saves Pilling Weck between 25 and 30% in material costs while halving carton inventory.