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Packagers reach for new technology at Pack Expo (sidebar)

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Media Recovery: Environmental recorder

Media Recovery (Dallas, TX) introduces DataScribe, a pocket-portable alternative to expensive, bulky chart recorders and conventional data loggers.
With Fox 40?s new blister pack (above), four ?posts? in the blister protrude through holes in the card. The posts are then crush
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Blisters clear enviro-hurdles

Fox 40's mechanically bonded blister packs retain the clarity of a clear blister while complying with European recycling mandates. Card costs drop 20%, and new machine boosts productivity by 50% while halving labor.
The product, used to make a tea latte, is packaged in 32-oz aseptic bricks for retail sale and 6-L bag-in-box aseptic containers
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Sweetener packaging is sweetened by reusable IBCs

Handling of liquid sweeteners is greatly improved since multiwall corrugated totes were replaced by collapsible, reusable 275-gal IBCs.
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Engineers to share projects

Corporate, plant and project engineers maintain primary responsibility for turnkey projects. Packaging, production, technical services and purchasing departments are all joining the decision-making teams.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
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.
After PET preforms are unscrambled and oriented by an overhead device, they?re sent down this track into a wheel that inverts t
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Integrated manufacturing is the island way

Management at this start-up water marketer decides that the only way to assure bottle availability and top quality is to blow its own PET bottles in-line with its brand new filling line.
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Rubbermaid compacts damage (sidebar)

CertainTeed taps metallocene for compression packaging
Rubbermaid?s new brick-sized mop package is one-third the size of its previous pack (above). Six brick packs are now shrink-bund
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Rubbermaid compacts damage

Mop heads are compression-packed to one-third their original size and then shrink-wrapped. Other benefits: lower material costs, zero damage and storage efficiencies.
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Less red tape?

The new Transatlantic Economic Partnership (TEP) announced earlier this year as part of an effort to promote freer international trade could eliminate numerous trade barriers and "miles of red tape," according to GMA.
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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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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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