Current issue: November 2014

Machine Product Brief
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Douglas: Tray packing/shrink wrapping machine

Douglas Machine’s Contour 60 series provides an economical mid-speed system for tray packing and shrink wrapping bottles, cans, jars, and cartons, and is capable of producing single lane 12-packs or multi-lane film only 6-packs on 600/min bottle lines with surge rates up to 720 bpm.
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Materials Product Brief
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Mold-Rite Plastics: Closures for pharmaceutical and neutraceuticals

EZ-Safe fully-compliant, child-resistant closures and EZ-Grip senior-friendly, continuous thread closures from Mold-Rite Plastics feature special ergonomic ribs positioned along the outer edge providing a user-friendly consumer experience, and enhanced shelf impact.
Materials Product Brief
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Shurtape: Double-sided film tape

Suitable for mounting and splicing tasks, Shurtape’s DP 380 film tape is a clear, double-sided tape which features an acrylic adhesive and white, poly-coated liner, is hand-tearable, and highly conformable – even to irregular surfaces.
Materials Product Brief
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Nowofol: Flexible packaging film

Nowofol’s Nowostraight MDO (machine-direction orientation) film for flexible packaging features easy-open convenience for food and non-food products.
Materials Product Brief
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Dow Corning: Silicone release coating for labels

Dow Corning’s Syl-Off Advantage Series of solventless silicone release includes SL 35 Release Modifier, the next generation of controlled release additive technology offers tight release at very low platinum levels with superior stability and shelf life.
Materials Product Brief
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Essentra Specialty Tapes: Double-sided foam tape

Duraco High Bond Tape from Essentra Specialty Tapes (formerly Duraco Inc. and Duraco Express) is a double-sided, permanent foam core tape designed for applications where a strong adhesive bond or high shear strength is desired.
Materials Product Brief
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Orbis: All-plastic pallets

A new line of all-plastic, modular display pallets from Orbis, which allow marketers an easy and attractive transport-to-floor solution for in-aisle or end-of-aisle displays, are available in 24- x 24-in, 24- x 48-in, and 48- x 48-in footprints to accommodate a wide range of POP displays and structures.
Materials Product Brief
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Silgan: Lightweight easy-open can end

Silgan Containers’ Ultralite QT easy-open can end looks and functions like other easy-open can ends but is produced from lighter weight metal, making it 20% lighter than comparable ends and the lightest-weight easy-open end of its kind in the US, according to the company.
Materials Product Brief
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Cascades: Mushroom container reduces environmental footprint

Made of low-density PETE (LDPETE), Cascades’ Ultratill mushroom container contains 80% recycled post-consumer material, is said to be lighter than comparable containers, and provides a 62% reduction in the CO2 emissions produced during its life cycle compared to traditional mushroom containers made of HIPS.
Column/Opinion
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An interesting rulemaking, if you like that sort of thing

In today’s column, I try to persuade you that the way FDA has lately been making regulations is unusual, surprising, and interesting.
Column/Opinion
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Food Contact Substance

We in the packaging industry have gotten fairly accustomed to the regulations covering packaging for food and drugs because the FDA is the regulatory body in the U.S. that covers the majority of food packaging issues.
News
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Sleeve Label Working Group releases recommendations

Final report provides recommendations the packaging industry can use to mitigate the impact of sleeve labels on the recycling of PET bottles.
VARIED FLAVORS. Absolut produces a range of vodka flavors in ten glass bottle sizes.
Machine Case Study
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'Absolut' bottle packaging efficiency

Vodka giant installs state-of-the-art bottle accumulation, buffering, and conveyance system to keep pace with global demand.
THERMOFORMABLE PAPER-BASED TRAY.  Shown here are two of the seven varieties of chilled meat products packaged by Micarna in the PaperLite material.
Package Case Study
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Sliced fresh meats in a thermoformable paper-based pack

Migros, the well known and influential supermarket chain based in Switzerland, has launched a paper-based barrier tray that represents a 60% reduction in plastic content.
Dog Tag Brewing launches beer honoring America’s fallen warriors
Package Case Study
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Dog Tag Brewing launches beer honoring America’s fallen warriors

Unique can images made possible using special printing technology tell the story of 12 fallen warriors.
Skincare kit package delivers differentiation
Package Case Study
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Skincare kit package delivers differentiation

MIO Skincare’s customized stand-up pouch with carry handle offers a sporty, modern appeal for Life Time Fitness club members.
Machine Case Study
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Flow wrapper, feeder speed chocolate production

Charitable chocolate producer installs a new horizontal flow wrapper with six-belt feeding system to more than triple output, simplify cleaning and maintenance, and reduce waste.
Feature Article
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Another look at print-related digital tech and the packaging supply chain

What’s causing SKU proliferation, and what competitive issues are surfacing as print-related digital technologies continue to make inroads into packaging?

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