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A short course on plastics technology

A new book promises to explain plastics packaging technology to scientists, engineers, even college graduates who begin new jobs and need a quick tutorial.
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Hewlett-Packard?s tape drives are placed in a clamshell-style suspension package (above), which is then placed into an outer box
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High-tech manufacturers retool protective packaging

Tektronix and Hewlett-Packard adopt suspension packaging that helps them keep pace with rapid product introductions.
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Packaging suppliers in headlights of MACT truck

Packaging and printing operations may be significantly affected by EPA emissions limits on coatings and adhesives. Increased costs to control emissions could lead to higher prices.
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Tiger thermoforms paper/plastic structure for cheese

Swiss company is believed first to use cellulose in a thermoform/fill/seal package for shelf-stable packs of cheese. The 20-g packs of cheese were introduced in the U.S. in June.
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Biodegradable composite material wins prestigious award

Biodegradable foodservice packaging is coming to a restaurant near you. Or at least it's starting to look that way, as EarthShell Corp. (Santa Barbara, CA), in conjunction with manufacturing partner Sweetheart Cup Co., nears completion of a commercial plant for the manufacture of its biodegradable composite material.
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Pouched beverages pour into global markets (sidebar)

While it contains no liquid, Quaker Oats' new "dual pack" for its 100% Natural Granola is bound to make waves in the cold cereal category.
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Packagers tell insects: 'Stop bugging us!'

New EPA rule simplifies the procedures for gaining a tolerance exemption.Arrival of insect repellent approved for use in food packaging heralds new era of chemical coatings that ward off bugs and germs.
Consumers can see the shoe polish through this clear PET container. Cream deodorant (below left) is dispensed from this novel co
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Clicking, polishing, adhering, deterring

From shoe polish in plastic to a "clickable" cream deodorant, innovative containers, materials and equipment took center stage at Pakex '98.
Among Nabisco?s global product offerings is this flexible structure for Oreo cookies marketed in Indonesia
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Packagers ponder global opportunities for flexibles

Packaging executives from Procter & Gamble, Nabisco and Phoenix Packaging Resources discuss flexible packaging priorities and challenges in markets around the globe.
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California eases up

It seems like almost the impossible has happened in California, where both industry and environmental organizations have praised a new plan adopted by California regulators aimed at increasing the state's plastic container recycling rate.
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Self-chilling cans

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a ban on two hydrofluorocarbon gases, including HF3-134a, used as refrigerants in self-chilling beverage cans.
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Injection-molding resin

Recently commercialized by Chevron Chemical (Houston, TX), HiD9004 is an HDPE injection-molding resin designed primarily for producing 5- to 7-gal pails and their lids.
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B.A.G. Corp.: PVC container

The Super Sack® PVC container from B.A.G. (Dallas, TX) is well-suited for applications requiring strength and longevity. Easily repaired, the FIBC container is said to lower overall container costs, while providing environmental advantages.
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Donnybrook over spring brooks

FDA considers whether bottled water labels should carry information on levels of ingredients, contaminants and chemicals.
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Catching the rays (sidebar)

Old MacDonald never had this kind of farm

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