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Package Design

Flexible Packaging

Improvements in materials and machines helped Kraft Canada reduce leakers on zippered cheese packs
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Team effort builds a better zipper

Continuous Improvement Teams at Kraft Canada wouldn't rest until the leaker rate on the firm's zippered reclosable cheese packs was firmly under control.
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Clay-coated newsback cartons have replaced SBS board for Pilling Weck1s line of disposable medical devices. The new cartons, so
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Folding carton changes rescue medical products maker

Changing from preprinted SBS to clay-coated newsback with labels printed and applied in-house saves Pilling Weck between 25 and 30% in material costs while halving carton inventory.
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Nabisco enters variety snack category in stand-up pouches

Nabisco Biscuit Co., East Hanover, NJ, is breaking into the variety snack category with Doyan-style stand-up pouches with reclosable plastic zippers.
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Adhesive film laminates

Quick-Stick (TM) film/foam cohesive laminates from Astro-Valcour (Glen Falls, NY) are made of PE foam laminated to a proprietary film. They fold easily and stick to themselves to make custom wraps for a wide range of products.
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Flexo imprinter

Adolph Gottscho's (Union, NJ) Gotavure high-speed continuous motion flexographic imprinter eliminates the need for preprinted web stocks. Imprints graphics and bar codes at speeds to 500"/min on continuous motion webs of all types of film, foil and paper.
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Skin packaging resin

DuPont's (Wilmington, DE) Surlyn® HP 2000 is a new ionomer resin engineered for skin packaging large, heavy objects for visual carded display.
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Consultancy program

Rubbright-Brody (Eagan, MN) is offering a brochure describing its PULSE retainer consultancy program. Interpretations of key packaging matters and in-depth reports on developments abroad are discussed, as well as insights into microwave susceptors, MAP, silica-coated films, stand-up flexible pouches and aseptic packaging.
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Compact bundler

Great Lakes (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 1627CSS compact bundler for food and pharmaceutical applications. The self-contained, hydraulically operated unit can sleeve wrap trayed or individual products.
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Horizontal f/f/s

The Enflex horizontal pouch packaging machine from Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) automatically forms, fills and seals 3- or 4-sided pouches at speeds to 400 pouches/min.
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Barrier shrink film

BDF-1000 is a moisture barrier shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC), Suitable for a variety of food products with critical shelf lives, including trayed pasta, specialty baked goods, nuts, powders and dehydrated food products.
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Transpack 95 packs a punch

Symposium on transport packaging focuses on the increasing sophistication of this aspect of packaging. Hazardous material shipments top a host of regulatory concerns.
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Luster straightens out freshness problems

This haircare producer begins filling creme relaxer into nestable yogurt-style cups with freshness seals. The switch from traditional jars not only keeps the product fresh, it aids in product display as well.
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Will UnPET expand supply of RPET?

Packagers worrying about the availability of recycled polyethylene terephthalate resin will likely be encouraged by the announcement last month that a new process for recycling post-consumer PET has been developed by United Resource Recovery Corp.
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New BOPP films

Mirage HB-2 from Quantum (Streamwood, IL) is a new BOPP film with a 75% moisture barrier improvement over standard coextruded films, says the manufacturer.
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AIMCAL winners reflect technical achievement

Technical merit and marketing appeal were key elements in this year's winners of the Package and Label Competition, sponsored by the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators. Well-polished packages took home awards.

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