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Shrink film

XPE-72 is a soft shrink, polyolefin film from Intertape Polymer (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) that offers low shrink force to prevent package crushing or distortion.
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Clearly redefined

When Clearly Canadian was introduced ten years ago, it stood apart from mainstream soft drinks on store shelves. Says Jonathon Cronin, vice president of marketing at Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp.: "When we first launched the brand, the slight blue tint to the glass bottles and the ACL decorating were almost revolutionary." Ten years later, shelves are flooded with eye-catching products, and the pioneering beverage company decided that its core brand needed a boost.
A plastic shutter enters the shrink wrapper, passing beneath the forming plow that wraps the film around and underneath. At the
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Wrapping up changeover

Design House's new shrink wrapping line handles packages in various lengths without the need for changeover.
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Label film

SqueezLabel from Ritrama Duramark (Minneapolis, MN) is a new label material designed to meet the demands of squeezable containers. The PE-based copolymer allows cross-directional flexibility.
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Shrink film bundler

The DuraTech I Series shrink film bundler from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL) uses an in-line infeed to bundle trays or multipacks at speeds to 30/min, depending on pack pattern and product size.
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Easy-open feature applicator

Tearstrip's (Boyertown, PA) Peelwrap applicator applies Peelwrap pressure-sensitive material to shrink-wrapped packages to create a patented, easy-open feature.
An operator applies an updated price code to a package by sending it past an ink-jet coder.
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What price flexibility?

Mexican pharmaceuticals maker Byk Gulden relies on ink-jet coding to react faster when economic conditions require price changes to already-marked packages.
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P-s labeler

Accraply's (Hopkins, MN) Model 935PW is a new labeler designed to apply paper, film, or thin-film p-s labels to rectangular and cylindrical containers used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
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Shrink film

EXL FILM(TM) XPE-44, an LDPE-based shrink film from Intertape Polymer Group (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), has higher hot and cold slip levels to facilitate package insertion and removal from master cartons.
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Labeling system

The LabelShot(TM) is a new labeling system from Imtec (Bellows Falls, VT). It consists of a stand-alone thermal-transfer printer and a label applicator.
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Pepsi pioneers sleeve label coupon

What do you get when you put a sleeve label over an already decorated can?
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Shrink film

Improved Clysar HP shrink film from DuPont Packaging (Wilmington, DE) is said to be a more forgiving film, meaning that it can withstand a broader thermal range in both sealers and tunnels.
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Patent infringement suit judgment expected soon

As Packaging World goes to press, a U.S. Federal District Court judge in Chicago had yet to make a final decision concerning the dollar amount awarded to Viskase (Bedford Park, IL).
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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
McKesson is among the first in the U.S. to use this handled six-pack bundle (left); the Crystal brand is one of three sold by th
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Six-pack bundles get a handle on water market

In its new bottling line, McKesson Water tries a six-pack concept common in Europe but still new to the U.S. Shrink wrapping and tray-packing also shine.

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