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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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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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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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Static-dissipative film

Klockner Pentaplast's (Gordonsville, VA) new Pentastat(TM) SC 660/05C is a clear, rigid, static-dissipative vinyl film for clamshell packaging of electronic products, offering more consistent electro-static (ESD) properties than the Pentastat SC 660/05 it will replace.
A robotic arm (top) transfers two of the heavy cases from the conveyor and onto a pallet load. The robot will soon be building t
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Automation 'sticks' to adhesive packager (sidebar)

Room to serve
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Right angle bundler

Great Lakes (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 708E compact right angle bundling system. Automatic machine can collate and sleeve wrap grouped or stacked packages at speeds to 20 bundles/min using 27" wide film.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
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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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Permeation instruments

Modern Controls (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the Mocon® Aromatron Series of instruments designed to measure the permeability, solubility, diffusivity and precise transmission rate of organic vapors through films and packages.
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Physician samples

Over-the-counter physician samples from Ivers-Lee (West Caldwell, NJ) contain product samples and information, as well as retail coupons. Existing blisters or customized strip pouches are crimped to the booklet.

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