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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.
Plymouth Tube?s long lengths of stainless steel tubing require boxes up to 25? long (above). To help stabilize the long containe
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Laminated paperboard cures distribution headaches

Wooden crates couldn't consistently protect Plymouth Tube's costly containers of stainless steel tubing. New paperboard packs protect both product and company image.
Cafe Classics come two per carton. Close-up (left) shows the bottom of a container after its tab has been pulled open and the pr
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Cheese marketer stretches packaging technology (sidebar)

Unique technology behind Cafe Classics
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Directive adopted

In Europe, comprehensive legislation for reducing, recovering and recycling packaging waste became a reality on December 14 when the European Union Council of Ministers and the European Parliament adopted a directive on all packaging and packaging waste.
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Reclosable pouches

DuraZip(TM) pouches from Duralam (Appleton, WI) offer increased shelf life, improved moisture and oxygen barriers, and minimal flavor scalping.
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Flexible pouch report

Flexible pouch packaging has not been properly applied and marketed, according to a new multi-client study from Rubbright-Brody (Eagan, MN) and published by Packaging Strategies (West Chester, PA).
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New LDPE resin

Petrothene® NA 336-201 is a new LDPE resin from Quantum Chemical (Cincinnati, OH). It contains a high-level of slip agent that makes it suitable for thin-gauge film lines running at high output rates.

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