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When 'green' fails at the cash register

Consumers are proving that it isn't enough for packaging to be demonstrably better for the environment than the packaging used for a competitive product.
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Quick-change bottle control parts

In a joint venture with Zepf Technologies of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Alcoa Closure Systems (Indianapolis, IN) has developed quick changeover bottle motion control parts for the beverage industry.
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Reclosable pouches

DuraZip(TM) pouches from Duralam (Appleton, WI) offer increased shelf life, improved moisture and oxygen barriers, and minimal flavor scalping.
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Elder-Friendly Rules May Eliminate Some Child-Resistant Packages

Ever since President Nixon signed the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) into law in 1970, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been fielding complaints from adults who feel some child-resistant (CR) packages are too hard to open.
For the 4-oz ?dairy? line, foil cups (right) have been replaced by a ramekin-style cup (center), and a redesigned folding carton
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology

Package redesign enhances images of upscale cheeses. New MAP package is a first for dairy while another pack pioneers an injection-molding method.
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Wide-mouth container

Mar-Kay Plastics (Kansas City, MO) has introduced the Diamond line, a new family of resealable wide-mouth containers replicating the look of crystal.
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Sealing head

The "1" flat sealing head from Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI) seals 20- through 120-mm cap foil innerseals. Handles continuous-thread as well as child-resistant caps using magnetic energy to align them proper-ly.
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Horizontal pouch machine

Volpak's S-240 horizontal pouch machine is available from Raymond Automation (Norwalk, CT). Using rollstock, it creates stand-up pouches with a straw inserted inside the pouch instead of affixed on the outside.
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Cap liners

The Tri-Lam® line of multi-ply coextruded closure lining materials from Tri-Seal (Blauvelt, NY) offers high resistance to gas permeation or heat and provides a cost-effective alternative to aluminum foil-lined cap liners.
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Inventive use of OPP

When the Price Club chain asked the Quebec Division of Toronto-based Daltons Inc. to begin supplying its line of nuts and dried fruits in a high-barrier reclosable package, Daltons agreed.
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Smart Scrub gets smart closure

Dissatisfied with the basic flip top cap found on other soft cleansers, Indianapolis-based Dowbrands selected a Swiss import for its new 20-oz Smart Scrub(TM) bath and kitchen scouring cleanser.
As empty bottles are depalletized (above left), they?re mutually supportive because they move forward in a mass; even more chal
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Empty-bottle handling is no picnic

The lightest of the PET bottles filled on Pepsi's new line weighs just 27.5 g. Controlling these empty containers at high speeds is difficult to say the least.
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TE yogurt container

Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has introduced a patented polyethylene reclosable TE cap for yogurt and cultured dairy products. Using Autoprod's heat-form closing technology traditionally used for milk cartons, the cap uses a mechanical external ring with a pull tab for 8-oz dairy containers.
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Precycling service

In a process it calls "Precycling," McKernan Packaging Clearing House (Reno, NV) obtains surplus components from discontinued or redesigned product lines that would otherwise be headed for landfills and sells them for less than what it would cost them to produce the materials themselves.
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Self-sealing closure

The Cap'N Lock closure system from Preferred Closures (Northbrook, IL) has a spill-resistant, one-piece cap that locks into place with a lock sealing system, patent pending.

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