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Protective Packaging

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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.
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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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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Blow-molding not just for bottles anymore

A pair of protective cushions extrusion/blow-molded from 100% recycled low-density polyethylene is saving Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola over $350ꯠ/yr in material costs alone.
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Protective pads

Pyramid Pads from Sus-Rap Packaging (Danville, VA) are three-sided, pre-folded corrugated corner protectors designed for crush resistance, clearance and cushioning.
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Air cushions

FP Intl. (Redwood City, CA) has introduced Flo-Pak Cell-O air cushions as an alternative to paper packaging. Products are safeguarded by inserting one or more of the clear, HDPE cushions in the shipping container.
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Loose fill

Made from 100% cornstarch by American Excelsior (Arlington, TX), Eco-Foam® SD is a loose-fill packaging material for both cushioning and void-fill applications.
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Honeycomb dispensing system

Flextra Matic On-Line® is a new dispensing system for Astro-Valcour's (Glens Falls, NY) Flextra honeycomb cushioning system. Designed for high-volume lines, the system offers nine product options (up to three plies with or without top and/or bottom sheets).
By squeezing a scissors valve on a downspout, an operator releases loose fill into a shippper. 3Com products (inset) are surrou
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3Com relies on 'greener' loose fill

A leading manufacturer of routers, hubs, switches, modems, and other computer networking devices, 3Com Corp. has a strong record of responsible environmental leadership.

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