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Thermal film imprinter

Columbia's (Danielson, CT) model TR-20 thermal-transfer film imprinter can now be integrated with the Titan model 6500 Rollbag fully automatic bag system.
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Software systems 'pop' big savings for Weaver

Computer software helps Weaver Popcorn improve pallet patterns and downsize corrugated shippers. The result is savings of thousands in freight and material costs.
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Shrink wrap system

Arpac's (Schiller Park, IL) Model BPTW-60 shrink wrap system overwraps 60 trays/min using either plain or print-registered PE film. It uses an overwrap flight bar system and single sheets of film cut by a rotary knife.
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P-s labels for containers

Continental Glass and Plastic (Chicago, IL) now offers p-s labels for its bottles, jars, closures, pouches and tubes. A variety of label stocks and adhesives are available, including in-mold.
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F/f/s is okay for MRE retort pouches

The handful of firms that supply retort pouches for the Department of Defense's MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) program are now permitted to produce them on thermo-form/fill/seal equipment.
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Stretch wrapper

The Muller® Model 6500 5-sided stretch wrapper from Newtec(TM) (Sunset Hills, MO) employs a pivoting carriage to apply layers of film diagonally over the top of the load at up to 60 loads/hr.
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Quaker launches its logo

"This is the way we choose to compete in the value-priced segment." That's how Quaker Oats spokesman Ron Bottrell described the Chicago-based firm's decision to market ready-to-eat breakfast cereals in bags, rather than boxes, bearing the Quaker name and well known logo.
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HDPE resin

Quantum Chemical's (Cincinnati, OH) Petrothene® LT 6194-69 HDPE resin for blown film applications has good moisture barrier properties, low taste and odor characteristics and is easy to process.
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Of holograms and humans

Two toothpaste cartons are in the news this month, one for its hologram and the other for its humans. The hologram is on SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare's new Aquafresh Whitening® tooth- paste.
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PP report

Permapack (Lenni, PA) has introduced a summary report discussing world capacity, saleable supply and worldwide sources of PP resins. "Heat-Set Oriented PP Film: A Global Report, 1993-1998" makes projections and conclusions about PP consumption, exporting and supply and demand.
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Less is more for moisturizer package

Paducah, KY-based Charles Kari took a minimalist approach for its line of over thirty skin-care products, sold in tanning salons nationwide. Simple graphics, provided by Bill Henderson & Associates (Nashville, TN), are gravure-printed in four colors plus gold-foil stamping onto pressure-sensitive polyethylene film, from an undisclosed supplier.
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Poultry tray packs

DuPont's (Wilmington, DE) Clysar® poultry tray packaging system includes Clysar RS500 shrink film, the RS510 conversion kit for modify- ing existing Ossid 500 tray packaging equipment, and a hot water shrink tunnel that minimizes print distortion.
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Scholarship update

The Chicago-based Petroleum Packaging Council is funding a new scholarship for a Michigan State University junior and senior student electing to major in MSU's School of Packaging.
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Vertical pouch machine

The LA-500 platen-sealing vertical pouch packaging machine from Klockner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) produces up to 900 pouches/min. For use with a broad range of pharmaceutical, food and personal care products, including liquids, powders, granules, ointments, tablets and transdermal patches.
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Europe's Packaging Waste Directive: What will it mean to you?

Packaging managers whose products are marketed in Europe need to know that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) finally adopted a Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive covering household, commercial and industrial packaging last December.

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