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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.
This three-dimensional diagram shows how honeycomb  dunnage helps secure rolls of brown paper used by corrugators. In the diagra
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Honeycomb secures paper for Pactiv's rail shipments

Four Pactiv mills switch from wood to a honeycomb paper roll securement system for railcar shipments of brown paper used by corrugating plants. The system helps reduce damage and mill worker injuries.
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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)

Bellcore rules: Setting the spec
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.
At Lucent1s Columbus, OH, plant, a worker loads a printed circuit board into a clamshell at a work station
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Reusable PVC clamshells short-circuit waste for Lucent

Telecommunications component supplier slashes materials and labor costs by shifting to vinyl clamshell packs for printed circuit boards. Now Lucent asks some customers to return them for reuse.
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Protective packaging

The Eco-Air (Palo Alto, CA) Fold Pack(TM) is a protective package constructed of 98% corrugated that eliminates the need for an exterior carton. The Fold Pack has shaped, scored sections-already attached to the platform during the die cut-that can be folded into a triangular or rectangular shape.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Reflective insulation

TempShield(TM) reflective bubble insulation from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) provides insulation and cushioning for food and other perishables. It consists of one or two layers of BarrierBubble(TM) material laminated between two layers of aluminum foil to provide thermal resistance.
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Pulp molders share advances, shortcomings

At its first seminar since its establishment, the Molded Pulp Environmental Packaging Assn. (Mequon, WI) met early last month to discuss new technologies and to hear from some of its customers, the packagers.
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Pactiv: Cushioning system

The Flextra® cushioning system from Pactiv Inc.-AVI (Glens Falls, NY) is described in a four-page brochure. The brochure explains Flextra packaging in terms of "What it is," "How it works," "What it does," and "How it's better." It follows with a description of the three dispensing machine options available: Flextra stretcher, Flextra Matic Benchtop and Flextra Matic On-Line.
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HP picks PE foam for 'green' packs

At Hewlett-Packard's Boise, ID, disk and tape drive manufacturing plant, management sought an alternative to polyurethane foam packaging, which is taxed by European governments because it is so rarely recycled.
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Sealed Air Corporation: Protective cushioning

Shrink Pak(TM) cushioning material combines shrink wrapping and "bubbled" cushioning. The patented product from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) conforms around the object(s) when heat is applied.

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