Food and Beverage

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Tabletop foam-in-place

The Pro Packer is a new tabletop, foam-in-place package system from Insta-Foam (Joliet, IL). It can operate with the company's VPM20 or 900ic foam-in-place packaging systems, as well as other brands on the market.
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At Bandini, once a load is positioned on the turntable of the stretch wrapper (top), the top sheet is pulled out in the film fra
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Keeping dirt clean

Bags of premium nursery soils don't sell well when they're dirty or faded. Bandini Fertilizer moves to automatic wrapping of pallet loads with a cover to keep bags-and company image-clean.
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Lap seal flow wrapper

Ilapak's (Booth 2392) Lynx® Super horizontal flow wrapper is now available in a LapSeal version. It can be used with shrink films via electrostatic sealing or PE films using drag seal.
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Fill/seal/cap system

Autoprod (Booth 3574) has reduced cup diameter changeover time on its Fast-Pak in-line fill/seal/cap system from two hrs to 30 min. On display at WestPack, the FP 1 x 4 TE system fills liquid, preset, semi-solid, particulate and multiple fill products in 4-oz to 10-lb containers at speeds to 12ꯠ cups/hr.
With its software system, Bueno Foods can order more exact case sizes to efficiently fill individual units within each case. Exa
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Software proves "bueno" for Mexican food producer

Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.
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Roller coaster ride for recycled plastics, paper markets

As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet

Is there a discernible difference in the way management and production personnel view environment-related packaging changes? A Packaging World survey reports that everybody's still on the same page.
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet (sidebar)

Companies big and small
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Sheet-fed press proves it's game for Chicago converter

Sheet-fed offset press with in-line aqueous coating helps Moss Printing enhance efficiency, reduce labor costs and pursue additional business. A contract packer of a popular board game carton is among the first Moss customers to benefit.
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Part 2How purchasing copes with higher prices

Last month, PW's exclusive survey showed which packaging materials have shown increased prices and their effects on purchasing. In Part Two, purchasers explain the negative effects these prices have on product prices, and even on product sales.
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Part 2How purchasing copes with higher prices (sidebar)

Purchasers skewer vendors with increasing prices
Process technicians David Greene and David Craft (above) observe the control console of the 10-station gravure press. The printe
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Brach's bags a winner with nine-color candy graphics

A 10-station gravure press lets Morrill Press print in nine colors, then laminate that structure to a sealant layer in-line on a single pass for Brach & Brock Confections' chocolate-covered raisins.
BevCan was the first to install this high-speed spray system that applies protective coatings to cans at 900/min
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Making steel beverage cans in South Africa

This South African can-making operation uses an automated palletizing system and other high-speed equipment to turn out 600 million steel beverage cans a year.
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Can end remover

The Wizard® portable dechimers from Wizard Drum Tool (Wau-kesha, WI) remove top and bottom metal chimes from empty drums to allow fiber drum to lay flat for re-cycling at a later time.
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Supplier news: Association leaders

National Soft Drink Assn. (Washington, DC): Barbara J. Halpin, mgr., environmental affairs.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

3M Specialty Chemicals Div. (St. Paul, MN): Jim Fowler, vp of mktg. at American Pop Corn Co., is the winner of the 1995 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the 3M Scotchban Challenge contest.
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Square PET container

Clearplass Containers (Penn Yan, NY) has introduced a 16-oz addition to its line of stock PET containers. This new square bottle accepts a 38-mm TE, resealable snap closure.
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Coffee can with valve device

Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) has developed a new composite canister that allows coffee beans hot off the grinder to be packaged. This innovative opening feature incorporates a one-way pressure-release valve that allows CO2 to escape, eliminating the need for standard vacuum packaging.

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