Package Design

Closures

4 Easy-open and reclosable 3-lb pouch handles Kaytee?s high-fat ferret food
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Flexible packaging advances reap rewards

This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
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2 Microperforations in the film are invisible to the naked eye
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Films let produce breathe comfortably

Passive controlled atmosphere technology that lengthens the shelf life of fresh-cut produce takes many forms, as these three FPA award winners demonstrate.
Cap feeder delivers caps to capper, which has a removable brass chute end (inset) dedicated to each cap size. No tools are neede
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Versatility drives Shrader line design

A short while ago, contract packager Shrader Canada rarely filled more than 8ꯠ bottles of liquid automotive products per shift. A new and versatile line now lets the firm reach 26ꯠ per shift .
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Decorative bourbon bottles, gift cartons hit market

In December, Heaven Hill introduced three 750-mL "Single Barrel" premium aged Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys, each in a decorative glass container placed on a special gift carton and sold throughout the year.
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Competition nurtures flexible packaging innovation

Like many movie, television and music awards programs, packaging competitions tend to be judged by "experts" who try to assess how well entries meet a given set of criteria.
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Cosmetics closures

Tiara cosmetics closures from Tech Industries (Woonsocket, RI) are straight-sided closures with domed tops. A variety of colors, including gold or silver metallized finishes, are available.
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Personal care bottles

Lerman Container (Naugatuck, CT) has introduced HDPE Snap Ring cylindrical bottles for hair and personal care applications. Available in 6- and 8-oz sizes with a 22/415 finish, the bottles feature an in-mold indentation at the shoulder so that an overcap can snap on.
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Barrier bags

ValPar(TM) barrier bags from Paramount Packaging (Chalfont, PA) and Van Leer Flexibles (Houston, TX) provide an alternative to foil/poly lamination bags.
Reciprocating pickup head mechanically grips a case load of cups (left) and delivers them to a waiting case blank (above
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Marigold sweetens sour cream line

New line lets Marigold Foods double its filling speeds for 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-oz cups of sour cream or yogurt. Programmable limit switch plays a key role, too.
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East Coast show packs power

Sponsors of EastPack '96 plan to wow visitors with the debut of the Packages '96 pavilion. Over 450 exhibitors and 10ꯠ visitors are expected, March 19-21, at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
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Tamper-evident tape

Secure T.R.A.C. (tamper-resistant adhesive closure) is a self-wound, self-voiding security tape from Consoli-dated Graphic Materials (Somerset, NJ).
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Zipper tape

Perf Cap(TM) zipper tape from Minigrip/Zip-Pak (Manteno, IL) is designed for individually quick-frozen poultry, seafood and vegetables. It allows resealable packages to be made from PE and structured films on vf/f/s machines.
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Plastic strapping machine

The SureTyer(TM) plastic strapping machine from Signode (Glenview, IL) provides simple, low-maintenance operation for high-speed bundling and carton closure applications at speeds to 35 straps/min, depending on package and chute size.
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PET bottles make their mark

Direct sales company Watkins Inc. says it was the first in the U.S. to offer a money-back guarantee: if customers weren't satisfied with their bottle of vanilla extract, they could get a refund--provided the amount in the bottle didn't fall under the "trial mark" line molded into the glass.
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U.S. Food, Beverage Closure Market

Researchers at White Cap, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) estimate that by the year 2000, closure use in the U.S. food and beverage sectors will approach 74 billion units/year divided among seven sectors (right).

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