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HDPE films

The V-Max(TM) family of HDPE films from Van Leer Flexibles (Houston, TX) use Alathon® HDPE resins from Occidental Chemical Corp. V-Max is an extremely flat high-grade film used for food, medical packaging, and release liner applications.
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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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Smart Scrub gets smart closure

Dissatisfied with the basic flip top cap found on other soft cleansers, Indianapolis-based Dowbrands selected a Swiss import for its new 20-oz Smart Scrub(TM) bath and kitchen scouring cleanser.
Under conditions prevalent in many repulping operations (120?F, ?10?F, near neutral pH), the addition of Mead?s repulpable wet-s
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Making performance paper greener

Mead joins list of papermakers to develop processes permitting recovery of troublesome paper packaging. Repulpable wet-strength board could be a major boost to paper recovery.
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Stretch wrapper

The Muller® 202 Octopus® stretchwrapper from Newtec(TM) (Sunset Hills, MO) is a low-cost, lower-speed automatic stretch wrapper that reaches speeds to 50 loads/hr.
Schering-Plough got into pressure-sensitive labeling in a big way when it brought suncare product labeling in-house. Rotary p-s
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Coppertone's new label is a clear winner

Schering-Plough decided to bring in-house new p-s labeling of its suncare products. Along with special labels, the company needed labeling equipment-and also machine vision and ink-jet printing.
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Bulletin board system

An electronic bar code bulletin board system (BBS) has been established by Bar Code Systems (Atlanta, GA). Bar codes can be imported into most programs, including QuarkXpress®, Adobe Illus- trator®, Pagemaker®, and Corel Draw® via modem.
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Pharmaceutical Makers Show Preference for Dedicated Suppliers

Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
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Fluoropolymer films

AlliedSignal (Morristown, NJ) has introduced two pharmaceutical grades of its ACLAR® fluoropolymer film, offering improved cost and performance over existing films.
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Peelable heat seal lidding

American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) has introduced a peelable heat seal coated lidding film for in-line f/f/s tray packaging applications which provides 360° visibility.
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Trapped coupons free Maybelline sales

Maybelline's special promotion of blister-packed cosmetics entices consumers with redeemable fanfolded coupons that are trapped between two SBS cards.
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Bagging system

Available in the U.S. through Len E. Ivarson (Milwaukee, WI), Halmsted, Sweden-based Joker System has introduced the 300 Series bagging system.
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Vf/f/s with header card

Gess Systems (Palmyra, WI) has introduced a new vertical f/f/s system with a heat seal header attachment that produces bags up to 6" x 11" from rollstock at speeds over 25 packages/min.
Nature?s Way uses both mouth seals and shrink bands on all of its bottles (above), whether OTC drugs or not. The company?s blist
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Drug makers worry over new FDA rules

Packaging costs could skyrocket for makers of drugs in two-piece capsules-if new FDA rules mandate sealing. All drug makers show concern over capsule identification and potential tamper-evident pack changes.

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