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Playing Offense Looks Like Fun To Packaging Industry

"We have been fighting a defensive battle for a long time," said Richard Thornburg, director of government relations for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), in assessing the impact of the November elections.
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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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Free-standing pouch

Continental Glass & Plastic (Chicago, IL) has introduced a flexible pouch that features a uniquely shaped bottom enabling it to be free standing. Provides 20% more decorating area and uses 1/25th of storage space compared to rigid containers, says the company.
Small two-ounce vacuum-packed ?bricks? will be produced on Superior?s new form/fill/seal system at its Harahan, LA, coffee roast
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Superior takes control in small coffee packs

Thanks to growth in specialty coffees, Superior's new plant installs a first-in-North-America vacuum/valve packager that offers a wide size range and precise controls for ground or whole bean coffees.
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Automatic stretchwrapper

The Model 88-4000CS stretchwrapper from Intl. Packaging Machines (Naples, FL) has a warm wire film cutter that reduces fumes and wide brush wiping action to eliminate trailing end film "tails." Wraps loads weighing up to 4ꯠ lb on a 14 rpm variable-speed turntable.
This $5-million gravure press has 10 stations for a variety of printing requirements.
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Converters add new presses

Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.
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7-UP adds sparkle to holiday packages

A holographic label on 2-L bottles of 7-UP and Diet 7-UP is helping to promote a Miracle Money promotion by Dallas-based Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Corp. Bottles with the holographic label are available in Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Southern California markets until the end of the year.
Above: Gary Kulling, plant manager at CPC?s new plant inspects bottles destined to become Coastal Unilube (above, right). At CPC
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CPC takes over bottlemaking for Coastal Unilube

Continental Plastic Containers (Norwalk, CT) recently opened its 16th bottle plant (15th in the U.S.). This one's in West Memphis, AR, and it produces high-density polyethylene containers for Coastal Unilube.

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