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Flexible Packaging

An operator uses a hand-held scanning device to check color consistency (top) on the printed web as it moves through American Pa
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Printing, cold sealing sweeten converter's outlook

American Packaging's $17 million plant expansion/modernization includes an 11-station gravure press that applies cold adhesive in register in line.
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Corona treater

Pillar Technologies' (Hartland, WI) Universal corona treater is sized for retrofitting on numerous press configurations. Permits user purchase of a single station for treatment of both metallized and nonmetallized film.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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Fantastic filling

Fantastic Foods has increased its sales about 40% annually over the past four years. New filling line for soup cups helps the firm cope with its explosive growth.
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Digital printer brochure

A four-color brochure from Iconotech (Buffalo Grove, IL) provides photos, features, benefits and specifications for the DCP-3200 Digital Case Printing system.
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
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Spiral stretch wrapper

Durapak's (DeSoto, TX) heavy-duty, semi-automatic, overhead spiral stretch wrappers have a 14 rpm film-tower rotation. Emer-gency stops come within 2", even in cases of total power failure.
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Suspension shippers

ADE (Chicago, IL) and JPS Elastomerics (Holyoke, MA) have developed a hammock-type suspension pack for safely shipping electronics, medical devices, china and other delicate items.
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Vf/f/s

Ilapak's (Booth #536) new Vega-tronic® sequential vf/f/s automatic bagger uses variable belt speeds and variable jaw dwell to maximize production speeds on individual jobs.
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Flat die lip inserts

A new system of interchangeable lip inserts for flat dies speeds changeovers by 50% compared to replacing an entire lip assembly, according to Extrusion Dies (Chippewa Falls, WI).
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Intellectual packaging

Los Alamitos, CA-based produce manufacturer Frieda's is taking a new approach to marketing for its latest line of products. Grouped as foods that are indigenous to the Americas and traditionally prepared by Native Americans, Lost Crops of the Americas(TM) features exotic products such as red and blue cornmeal, fresh aloe vera, black quinoa and rattlesnake beans.
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Pouch feeder

Hoppmann's (Booth #1006) new pouch feeder can orient numerous styles of pouches for downstream operation at speeds to 200/min. The pouches are moved into a deep bowl centrifigual feeder, where they are picked up by a starwheel and placed onto an exit conveyor.
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Packaging woes prompt meat processors to seek relief

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has asked for a six-month extension of the August 8 implementation date for new ingredient labeling requirements by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Film label applicator

The Model 35PW p-s labeling system from Accraply (Booth #603) has capabilities to apply side panel and wraparound film-based labels at speeds to 2000"/min.
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Thin metallized film

Courtaulds Performance Films (Martinsville, VA) has introduced a line of thin metallized PE film that can provide an economical alternative for less demanding metallized film applications such as decorative packaging products.

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