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Flexible Packaging

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PEN film

Active Industries (Willowbrook, IL) is now distributing ICI Films' (Wilmington, DE) Kaladex® polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) film. PEN offers superior barrier properties over PET, including moisture and oxygen transmission.
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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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Pre-stretch film system

Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Boca Raton, FL) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before wrapping it around the pallet load.
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Lightweight mailers

Poly-Lite(TM) from AVI (Glens Falls, NY) is a lightweight shipping mailer made of a three-layer coextrusion of polyolefin film for greater tear and burst strength than paper mailers or single-layer films.
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Stretch wrapper with corner post inserter

Newtec's (St. Louis, MO) Muller® 202 Baby Octopus® stretch wrapper has a corner post inserter for more flexibility in variable corner-board heights.
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Multi-stacker for pouches

The new Model PL Champ Pivot Loader from Dyna-Pak (Kennewick, WA) features continuous, automatic multi-stack packing at rates to 100 packages/min.
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New rigid films

New films from American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) provide good clarity, as well as impact and chemical resistance, and strength and forming ease.
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FPA source reduction logo to go on packages?

Launched in October of 1994, the Flexible Packaging Assn.'s source reduction logo has been allowed only on materials and exhibits designed to educate and inform.
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Vertical form/fill/seal

Triangle Package Machinery (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Acceleron Advantage, a new vertical f/f/s machine with 40% fewer parts. Forming tube assemblies are now changed simply by releasing two hand clamps, sliding out the old assembly, then sliding in and clamping another.
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Bags use holograms to promote candy characters

"Sparkling hologram bags that practically glow on the shelf to catch shoppers' attention." That's how Brach & Brock Confections describes the packaging for its new Street Sharks Gummy Candies and Batman & Robin Fruit Snacks and Gummy Candy.
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Sleeve making machine

Designed for the production of PE stretch sleeves perforated on the reel from a single thickness of preprinted film, the PE stretch sleeve making machine is available from CM Machinery (Armagh, N.
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Winners combine performance with appeal

In its annual effort to recognize innovative users of its OPP flexible packaging film and Label-Lyte® face stocks, Mobil Films Div. (Pittsford, NY) handed out two Golden Mummy and three Pyramid awards at Pac-Ex in Toronto this past September.
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Mini pouch machine

The Stick Pack from Hassia (Somerville, NJ) is a mini pouch vertical form/fill/seal machine for liquids, gels, or powders that produces up to 400 packages/min, depending on the number of lanes per index.
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Crouton pack combines metallizing, 8-color flexo

A copper top isn't just for batteries any more. The shimmering copper effect on the top of Loblaw Brands' President's Choice Sourdough Croutons is created by laying down a transparent yellow ink atop a metallized polyester, says Loblaw director of packaging Brian Farb.
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Digital printing on demand

Indigo America (Woburn, MA) demonstrated for the first time in the U.S. its new Omnius(TM) One-Shot Color(TM) web-fed press for short-run, on-demand package printing.

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