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Sustainable Packaging

One day soon packagers may be able to download information (top) on the shipping conditions a package might experience on this c
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Distribution packaging by the numbers

Using real-world shock and vibration data to design your pack can speed development, prevent damage and economize on materials. Collecting such data isn't easy, but now new ideas for sharing the burden-with the help of the Internet-are taking root in the
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What will be hot in '97?
2:Controlled permeability in the film lidstock is the key to extended shelf life on this salad bowl.
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Foods fit fine in flexibles

Half of the 12 winners in this year's FPA awards competition for excellence in flexible packaging are food packages. A broad range of food categories are represented.
2:This sterilizable medical film is 50% thinner than comparable materials used for packages of intravenous drugs.
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Medical/surgical packs make a strong FPA showing

Among medical industry packages to win FPA awards this year was a thermoformed pouch that won the Green Globe Award for environmental achievement.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
A galvanized steel cage permits Pepper Source personnel to see through to the inner HDPE liner to gauge product level
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IBC serves up savings for sauce maker

Pepper Source reduces its packaging and distribution costs with a reusable bulk container that saves in both shipping and receiving, says maker of sauces, marinades and glazes.
Once the sides of the container are raised, the operator inserts the bag cassette into the box (right). The fitting on the bag
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Green package keeps greens greener

Better cube and easy disposal or recycling are the main reasons why chemical maker Aquatrols added corrugated bulk containers to its offerings.
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.
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Enviroconcerns fade

In what was its final consumer research survey before shutting its doors on December 31, 1996 (see Packaging World, Jan. '97, p. 2), the Council on Packaging in the Environment (COPE) found that the environment is less of a concern for consumers than in previous years, though it's still considered important.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.
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PS waste reduction

One of the problems in developing new solid waste management laws and regulations is difficulty in obtaining critical data quantifying the impact of source-reduction practices on various materials.
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COPE, CONEG unit, PET recycler to close

At a Pack Expo eye-opener briefing in Chicago, analyst Tim Burns of Cranial Capital (Chagrin Falls, OH) opined that anti-packaging forces stirred up by "environmental hooligans" were now in retreat.

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