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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.
A green-and-yellow ?batch marker? conveys through an accumulating station, indicating the end of a run of video cassettes. The m
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Video cassette production rolls at Sony U.K.

Internally powered roller conveyors link labeling, wrapping and packing functions on three identical video cassette lines at Sony.
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Transparent cellophane

A new line of colored, transparent cellophane films is available from Flexel (Atlanta, GA). Colors include red, pink, amber, yellow, orange, blue, purple and green.
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CPET food trays

Green-Tek (Edgerton, WI) has developed dual-ovenable, micro-waveable and freezer compatible trays made of CPET. These thermally stable trays can withstand 40° to 400°F and are available in black or white.
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Packaging management

A six-page brochure from Duralam (Appleton, WI) highlights its integrated system of packaging management. Discusses Duralam's extrusion and flexographic printing capabilities, laminating and pouch making, including the DuraZip(TM) line.
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Servo wrapper with long dwell time

Raymond Automation (Norwalk, CT) has announced the SIG HSL servowrapper. It uses a special orbiting crimper/ sealing jaw system that clamps onto the area of the web to be sealed and travels with it, thus achieving up to forty times more heat contact than with conventional sealing jaws.
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Air bubble cushioning

Polyair Packaging's (Chicago, IL) Durabubble® is a recyclable roll stock air bubble cushioning product. Made of virgin LLDPE for good tear and puncture resistance.
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Silica-coated films

Simplicity® silica-coated films from PC Materials (Medfield, MA) are designed to improve gas and moisture vapor barrier properties of polyester, oriented PP and nylon.
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This label's no lemon

"Everything about it is contemporary and forward-thinking, from the design of the package to the taste itself." That's what Bacardi Imports' director of marketing Alfredo Piedra has to say about Bacardi Lim*n, a 70-proof clear citrus rum that rolled out nationwide last month with more than $11 million in advertising and marketing support.
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High-performance polyesters

HiPERTUF(TM) polyester resins from Shell Chemical (Akron, OH) are homopolymer 2ƾ dimethyl naphthalate-based polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), which provide a number of benefits over PET, including hotter fill temperatures, better chemical resistance, and improved gas and UV barriers.

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