Package Design

Protective Packaging

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Mold-in-place foam

An alternative to PS, paper and molded PS, Enviromold(TM) from Enpac (Wilmington, DE) is a mold-in-place packaging system that uses biodegradable polymers.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
The gearing on the orbital wrapper resembles that which is used on the gun turret of an armored tank, so it?s no wonder that rug
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Orbital wrapper contains costs for EPS molder

As the cost of corrugated climbed steadily last year, this producer of EPS sheets used in the building industry found an orbital stretch wrapper that was made to order.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture

Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.
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Self-sealing foam

Cro-nel Plus® is an easy-to-use cohesive foam cushioning material from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY). It uses Microfoam® PP instead of PE for a lighter weight product with a bond three times as strong, says the company.
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Molding foam

Used with Instapak® foam-in-bag packaging systems, Instapak molding foam from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) is a .65 mid-density foam specifically designed to cost-effectively improve the packaging performance of mold-ed cushions.
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Biodegradable cushioning

New cornstarch-based, water-soluble sheets and planks from American Excelsior (Arlington, TX) are designed to protect and cushion end-caps, pouches, perishable food items and fragile glassware.
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Bubble cushioning

Speedi-Stik(TM) is a new self-adhering bubble cushioning product from Astro-Valcour (Glens Falls, NY). It's made of 3/16" heavy-duty Astro-Cell® air bubble cushioning.
Self-locking anti-static PETG clamshell (above) provides ample protection while reducing costs and labor. It required no change
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Clamshell cuts costs for computer boards

Anti-static PETG clamshell costs less than previous bag and foam combination. Packaging steps are reduced from three to one.
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Foam-in-bag system

Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has introduced a low-density top-fill packaging foam that expands to 200 times its original liquid volume to hold products in place within a shipper.
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Void fill

EcoPak® is a void fill packing material from Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) made of 100% kraft paper. Because of its interlocking design, users need 10 to 15% less EcoPak than other loose-fill materials, says the company.
Athree-dimensional solid-body CAD model of an end cap is created by mathematically reversing out the geometry of the CAD model
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HP puts packaging parts on fast track

A rapid prototyping process for developing EPS foam end caps helps Hewlett-Packard meet ongoing new model introductions for its popular DeskJet printers. Moving from initial CAD drawing to final molded parts can be done in four days.
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Corporate overview

Astro Valcour, Inc. (Glen Falls, NY) offers a complete overview of its protective packaging capabilities in its new color brochure. The brochure highlights AVI divisions that produce products such as protective foams, cushioning, shipping mailers and packaging systems for industrial packaging distributors.
After filling, trays are evacuated, backflushed and lidded two-up on a rotary system. Then they1re loaded onto wheeled racks and
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Ling Ling tries a blend of MAP and frozen distribution

Shipped and warehoused frozen, these Chinese entrees are displayed in the supermarket's refrigerated deli case, where their modified atmospheres give them an extended shelf life.
Cushioned by inner and outer double-wall corrugated boxes separated by polyethylene foam pads, fully set up POS terminals provi
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No assembly required for IBM terminals

Defying traditional notions of protective packaging, IBM ships an all-in-one pack for preconfigured point-of-sale computer terminals. Customers no longer receive separately boxed components, escaping baffling product setup.

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