Packaging

Protective Packaging

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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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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.
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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.
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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Pactiv: PE foam extrusions

Pactiv Inc.-AVI (Glens Falls, NY) has introduced a line of closed-cell PE foam extrusions for customized protective packaging. The Proflex(TM) Profiles are non-dusting, non-toxic and resistant to moisture and most chemicals.
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Protective packaging

Stanga Industries (Titusville, FL) is offering molded foam products for protective packaging using a product called Eperan. Beads are injected into a mold in a process similar to EPS, which causes them to form into a predetermined shape during expansion.
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Protective packaging

Geoami is a 100% post-consumer recycled paper cushioning material that acts as protective wrap or void fill for products during shipping. From Cardinal Container (Schaumburg, IL), this material is composed of a web of hexagonal, angled cells said to deflect shock from goods.
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Paper pulp molders share successes, shortcomings

New molded pulp producers group meets to assess status and learn new technologies. Packagers report on applications, identify areas that need help.
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Reusable PVC clamshells short-circuit waste for Lucent (sidebar)

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Plastic bags containing foam dunnage neatly protect GT?s software shipments while also reducing the need for five hours of daily
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Foam dunnage computes for GT's software

Minnesota is no stranger to snow. But at GT Interactive's Plymouth plant, located in suburban Minneapolis, a far different kind of blizzard was hampering operations.
Loose-fill dispersion at Borders (above) is activated by a footpedal. A central conveyor moves cartons into position to be fille
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Saving more than just peanuts

Bookstore chain Borders Group moves to a customized loose-fill system for distribution of its products to stores nationwide. Yearly savings are in excess of one million dollars.

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