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Biodegradable plastics

Under the trademark Mater-Bi, Novamont (Eschborn, Germany) currently produces four classes of biodegradable materials that can be processed with standard technologies such as injection molding, blow and cast film molding, as well as foamed sheets and cushioning for packaging.
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Crown Simplimatic, Inc: Single-file air conveyor

The Can Jet air conveyor from Crown Simplimatic (Lynchburg, VA) uses a powered-rotator device for the precise orientation of cans for downstream processes.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Protective foam

Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) has introduced Stratocell(TM) Plus foam laminates. These combine Sealed Air's standard Stratocell laminated PE foams with either a 3.5-mil PE film or 1/8" high-density Cellu-Cushion® PE foam laminated to one side.
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Tredegar Film Products: New honeycomb film

The surface of HoneyComb(TM) polymer film from Tredegar Film Products (Richmond, VA) has small hexagonal cells. The material's surface consists of a series of open cells, which allows for high transmission rates for gases, liquids or vapors, plus provides cushioning and separation.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Inflatable cushion system

Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) has introduced the Fill-Air(TM) inflatable packaging system for fast high-volume void-fill applications. The free-standing, mobile, 110-v unit produces 5 cu" of air-filled packaging material/min by injecting air into a special tubular film.
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E-Tech Products, Inc: Protective packaging

Made from 100% recycled paper fibers and water, E-Cubes from E-Tech Products (Denver, CO) protect products during shipping by locking together through their rough textured surface and contoured shape.
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ITW Angleboard: Package protection system

ITW Angleboard (Glenview, IL) has introduced Plastic Angleboard, a new PE protective packaging system designed to provide corner protection and secure loads during shipment.
Bag-in-box packages of Mont Blanc syrups are designed to sit on coffeehouse and ice cream parlor counters for simplified use by
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Bag-in-box success is sweet

Chocolate syrup manufacturer Mont Blanc Chocolatier adapts bag-in-box technology for use in coffeehouses and restaurants. Extended shelf life and shelf stability are said to be industry firsts.
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PET egg 'carton' is a tri-fold

Rarely can a food marketer afford to switch to new packaging costing 20¢/unit when the packaging being replaced costs 8¢. But that's exactly what Egg Innovations of Port Washington, WI, did last summer when it replaced molded pulp egg cartons with clear tri-fold containers thermoformed of polyethylene terephthalate.
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Protective packaging

Difficult-to-manage long and narrow products may be protected during shipping by Riveted Uchannel(TM). This packaging system from Laminations (Neenah, WI) is made from two laminated recycled paperboard edge protectors riveted together to form a U-shaped channel.
Product is automatically fed into canisters by a PLC-controlled four-bucket filler (above). Product reaches the four individual
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Keebler becomes a canister convert

When consumers showed how much they liked resealable composite canisters for Animal Crackers, Keebler responded by launching other products in that package format.
An operator packs L-shaped inserts into a case (above) prior to shipping. Besides improving its cushioning (opposite right and
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Paperboard cushioning computes for LEK

Computer maker safeguards shipments with paperboard cushioning that nearly eliminates product damage and saves more than $20ꯠ/yr in breakage, labor and shipping costs.
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Ranpak Corporation: Workstation

Ranpak's (Concord Township, OH) Pad-N-Pak® Workstation is now microprocessor-controlled, which puts machine functions at the operator's fingertips and simplifies monitoring of key functions.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Vertical molding station

Designed specifically for packagers that ship 100 products/day or less, Sealed Air's (Danbury, CT) Instapak® Twin Vertical Molding station produces 2 molded cushions/min.
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Void-fill system

The Boxfill 3000 is a new machine from Boxfill (Maywood, NJ) that converts waste corrugated cases and scrap into lattice "blankets" that can be used as cushioning material.

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