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Bagging & Form/fill/seal

Some parts of the hf/f/s machine, such as film infeed and folding, were left basically unchanged
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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs

Flexible pouches for paints used by modelers cost less and perform better than glass jars with labels and caps. Custom-built packaging equipment had to be developed first.
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Young package forms grow beyond specialty niches

Two relatively new packaging forms--stand-up flexible pouches and non-round composite canisters--are expanding their application horizons and finding a measure of consumer acceptance at retail.
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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs (sidebar)

Pouches reach U.S. in Visions line
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Collating candy at 3,000/min

Goetze's Candy Co. triples speeds for packaging its venerable soft caramel cream candies after installing a new servo-driven feeding/collating system with high-speed motion control.
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Flexible pack zips to market

A flexible bag with a transverse zipper provides consumers with 'pour-and-store' convenience for Birds Eye-brand frozen chicken-based meals.
New packs of Heath?s bird suet (above) offer consumers easy opening. At retail, they can stand on the shelf, offer appealing gra
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Flexible materials earn Green Globe Award

Heath Manufacturing wins a Green Globe Award from the Flexible Packaging Assn. for a bird suet cake package that uses less material than its predecessor. New equipment increases productivity while saving labor costs.
Flexible packs of chlorine shock treatment products for swimming pools maintain child-resistance while offering users an easy-op
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Olin notches easy opening for flexible packs

A small notch makes it easier for consumers to open Olin Pool Products' child-resistant, single-use, flexible packs of chlorine shock treatment products for swimming pools.
Kettle Foods wanted to keep the paper look of their previous bags but put in a window so customers could see the tortilla chips
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Innovative applications bag awards

Flexible bags protect bone-in meat products, provide a barrier for respiring cheese, and allow high-altitude shipping of tortilla chips. All three earn awards from the Flexible Packaging Assn.
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Protecting gourmet flavors for canines

Breeder's Choice opts for a high-barrier, all-plastic lamination for two sizes of its new Pinnacle super-premium dog foods. Long shelf life, nutrient protection and minimizing of infestation are among benefits.
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Flexible film use wraps up awards

A bag for grease lubricant and a label for bottled juice are just two examples of innovative film uses that earned Golden Mummy and Pyramid awards.
L ogic instructions can be easily entered on the keypad and LCD display of the universal logic module. To the left and below is
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Paint pouch packing is under control

Testor packages modelers' paints in a flexible pouch on a hf/f/s machine modified for the purpose. A PLS, a PLC and a complementary logic module contribute greatly.
Once wrapped and sealed, individual pieces of Creme  Savers are discharged onto a takeaway conveyor
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'Servo-ing' up new generation Lifesavers

High output and quick, tool-less changeover were wrapper features that were persuasive to Nabisco's Lifesavers Division. Throughput is up at least 15% with servo-driven wrapping of individual hard candies.
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MonoSol, LLC: MonoSol, LLC: Printer for vf/f/fs

The W.S. Easy Print from Chris Craft (Gary, IN) prints MonoSol® film in a single color during vf/f/s packaging. A flexographic printer able to be retrofitted to existing vf/f/s machines, the unit pays for itself after 4ꯠ lb of water-soluble film is printed, according to manufacturer.
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MAP pack for fresh red meat and sauce

The Tesco chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom is testing a new twist on fresh red meat in modified-atmosphere packs. It's a line of refrigerated "pan fry or grill" cuts, including pork, beef and lamb, that come with a complementary sauce.
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Package permits expanded market reach

New equipment producing a new package means longer shelf life and broader distribution of snack-sized donuts for Carolina Foods.

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