Package Design

Closures

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IBM rides new 'saddle' suspension pack

IBM selects a new 'saddle' suspension pack to protect low-profile products like hard disk drives. Increased recyclability also results in cost savings, better performance and inventory reduction.
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Sliced apples get the value-added treatment

Peeled, cored and sliced, fresh Granny Smith apples have joined the growing list of value-added fresh produce items available to consumers at retail.
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BenGay gets a whole new look

New York-based Pfizer, Inc. received a commendation from the Arthritis Foundation for its redesigned package for BenGay®. The commendation came largely on the strength of the injection-molded poly-propylene flip-style dispensing closure, which has a peripheral latch sealing system that reduces the amount of force needed by the consumer during opening and closing.
Product visibility and an upscale look are among the advantages gained since Malibu 2000 switched from HDPE (right) to PET bottl
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Hair care line parts with HDPE

Salon customers are impressed since Malibu 2000 switched from screen-printed HDPE bottles to a tinted PET with the increasingly popular no-label look.
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How big is the food packaging business?

Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
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PP rounds

Ropak's (Fullerton, CA) new EZ Pak(TM) is a 2.5-gal round container made of clear PP. It stacks securely in displays, while a large billboard area measures 11".
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Squeeze tube filler

ProSys (Middlesex, NJ) has released Models HVF RT112 and HVF RT212 tube filling machines. These fillers can run most tube materials and closure types to speeds of 70 tubes/min.
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TE fitments for gabletops

Portola Packaging (San Jose, CA) has introduced a new line of LDPE TE fitments for half-gal and 2-L gabletop paperboard cartons. The EL 64 extended-life molded-membrane fitment consists of a threaded closure and overcap, plus a membrane with a pull ring inside for added tam-per evidence.
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Self-venting closures

RD Industries (Omaha, NE) now has a product sheet on its Vent-A-Cap® self-venting closures. Includes illustrations and descriptions on the various Vent-A-Cap systems, including Standard, Draw-Off Tube, Shipping Closure, Quick Disconnect, High-Viscosity and Snip Top.
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Transfer tape

Specialty Tapes, Div. of RSW (Racine, WI), has introduced CA-684, an ultra-high-shear, high-adhesion transfer tape. It consists of a high-performance adhesive on a discardable release liner for use in TE bag closure applications or for mounting substrates to smooth, textured or embossed surfaces.
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Square PET container

Clearplass Containers (Penn Yan, NY) has introduced a 16-oz addition to its line of stock PET containers. This new square bottle accepts a 38-mm TE, resealable snap closure.
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Oval tubes

Fenton, Weber & Jones' (Tonawanda, NY) 2-oz Elise oval tube for the cosmetics and personal care industries is now available with Seaquist Closures' (Mukwonago, WI) 15-mm flat-lid smooth-wall butterfly closure.
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Induction cap sealer

Pillar Technologies (Booth 2297) is introducing recent innovations to its Foiler induction cap sealer. These include power supplies to 4 kW for wide-mouthed closures and high-production line speeds, universal coils to seal a variety of closures without changeover, missing foil and stalled bottle detectors, and capabilities to seal in hazardous environments.
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Open/fill/seal system

The Pouchmaster ABS System(TM) from About Packaging Robotics (Boulder, CO) is a robotic open/fill/seal type pouch handling system that can process flat and reclosable zipper pouches as well as gusseted bags.
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Andes Candies does the twist

By October 1, Delavan, WI-based Andes Candies will begin shipping two seasonal "crystal twist packs," one containing a red silk rose and candy wrapped in red foil for Valentine's Day; the other a silk tulip with assorted color wraps for Easter.

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