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Stretch replaces shrink

For insulation manufacturer Litepac, shrink wrapping stacks of polystyrene insulation was a costly process-both in money and in material waste. The Granard, County Longford, Ireland-based company's change to a System 2000 Double Stretch Bander from EDL Packaging Engineers (Green Bay, WI) not only provided savings but ended the potential problem of board distortion caused by heat from shrink wrapping.
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Versatile vinyl clearly a winner

Innovation played the key role in this year's Vinyl in Packaging Awards competition. Some winners were decidedly "green" as well.
At Trenton brewery, freshly sealed cases of Miller beer pass under the       applicator nozzles (above). Pallet loads (top) are
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Palletizing system brews up savings for Miller

At Miller Brewing Company's Trenton, OH, plant, a switch from stretch wrap to a cohesive palletizing system has resulted in considerable reductions in material and labor costs while cutting waste as well.
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Reduced-fat crackers demand flavor protection

Reduced-fat food products continue to be a key weapon in the new-product arsenal at Nabisco Foods Group, Parsippany, NJ. The success of such products often hinges on the quality of the packaging materials that are specified.
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Dry soup mix shows its colors and textures

Stand-up pouches have become a staple at Thomas J. Lipton, Englewood, NJ, with different brands of main course accompaniments being offered. Recently, the company introduced a new line: Kettle Creations soup mix in a stand-up pouch.
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Gamma-ray resistance

DuPont's (Wilmington, DE) metallized PVDC-coated Mylar XM MC1T and MC2 polyester films are now available with a gamma-ray resistance feature. An excellent barrier to oxygen, moisture, light, flavor and odor, applications include sterile packaging of medical supplies and aseptic packaging of oxygen-sensitive foods, such as juices, purees and pastes.
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Shrink wrap system

The Model 60 continuous-motion shrink wrap system from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL) for high speed beverage hot-fill lines wraps up to 75 trays/min. Digital controls simplify film and size changeovers; an automatic setup package for simplified resetting is optional.
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LLDPE-type resin

Quantum (Cincinnati, OH) has formulated a new LLDPE-type tie-layer resin that has good adhesion to EVOH, nylons, ionomers, PE and ethylene copolymers in coextrusion applications.

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