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Packaging technology on display, Part Two

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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PipeLine: Retort pouches: Has their time come?

In the last year or two, one of the warmest trends in flexible packaging has been the resurgence of the retort pouch for seafood products and also for pet foods.
BPNC's original overwrap (left) bore too close a resemblance to kid-oriented packaging, so now the product is merchandised verti
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This end up

A start-up company in Toledo had just ordered an automatic multi-packer for its alcoholic gelatins. Then it had to change its pack.
C&D Warehouse president Gene Cravey checks the sidewalls of some of Basell's boxes with new moisture barrier.
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Paper--with special converting--shows new versatility

The oldest packaging material is finding new opportunities by combining with other materials like barrier plastics and special inks.
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Package graphics: cutting time and costs (sidebar)

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ARI: Shrink wrapper for contract packager
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ARI: Shrink wrapper for contract packager

At Advertising Resources, workers load cartoned product onto a flighted infeed conveyor, two cartons per flight in this instance. Cartons are conveyed downstream into polyvinyl chloride film.
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Q&A: Club store trends

Mike Bilder, president of contract packager Peacock Engineering in Itasca, IL, talks about the interplay among major food manufacturers, club stores, and contract packagers.
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Sensing success

Specialized label sensor permits fast setup on new labeler designed for contract packagers.See video
To better utilize its tube filling equipment, Stonyfield Farms fills its own yogurts as well as yogurt for other companies.
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Co-packing suits these packagers

Representatives from Stonyfield Farms, DreamPak, and SipTop describe why their firms pack for other companies, and how they price those services.
Unprinted PVC film unwinds upward to a film former just above a conveyor that moves two cartons at a time into the film in this
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Secondary packaging is primary for ARI

Side-seal horizontal wrappers and PVC film help contract packager ARI thrive by meeting the secondary packaging needs of its customers, which include many of the nation’s largest consumer products companies.See in-plant video
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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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Printing packs a punch

Winners of FPA’s Printing Achievement awards were noted for advances in CTP technology, VOC-free inks, display impact, ‘nuanced color tones’ via gravure printing, and complex distortion printing capabilities.
A vending machine operator stocks dog candy and breath mints in a machine at a Maine highway rest stop.
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Canine candy for all markets

Chomp is a ‘virtual’ company that now sells candy for dogs just about anywhere candy for people is available.
A new breed of capacitive sensor on this pressure-sensitive labeling head lets Pro-Motion Industries run a wide variety of label
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Quick-change equipment shines

From contract packaging to pharmaceuticals to frozen veggies, packaging operations depend heavily on the ease with which they can be changed over.
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Pipeline: Cost reduction--despite the spec

One of the troubling issues I see as we turn the corner into 2003 is an increasing polarization of department goals in many companies.
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Rating systems integrators

Packagers will increasingly rely on outside vendors for packaging line integration, according to a new online survey.
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Quick changeover liquid filler

NJM/CLI (Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada) introduces the FLX 1200 liquid filler that features a modular design providing production line flexibility and quick, simple changeover.
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Automation closes Pandora's box

Pandora Manufacturing, a contract packager of liquids from Pandora, OH, has increased the consistency of corrugated shipping cartons by 30% with the installation of four A.B. Sealer case erectors.

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