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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.
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.
Hot sauces are easy and safe for Chuy?s employees to handle thanks to the ?cool corners? shown at the bottom corners of these po
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Chuy's preps pouches for sauces

Plastic pouches enable Chuy's restaurants to store, cool and reheat fresh sauces for on-demand use at each outlet. Easier handling and improved food safety also benefit this Texas restaurant group.
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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.
A computer combination weighing system uses scale buckets that deliver accurate fill weights
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods

New horizontal form/fill/seal machinery helps contract packager Ryt-way build its budding pet food business. Ryt-way's first customer is Hill's Pet Nutrition, for 1- and 2-lb stand-up pouches for dog treats.
An unusual hf/f/s machine (above) is shown running at the  equipment supplier?s facility. The machine was scheduled for shipment
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German medical products maker bags new IV material

Serum-Werk Bernburg introduces IV bags for hospital use in a new structure that eliminates the need for an overwrap. New hf/f/s machines at a new plant fill medical solutions into the bags.
The brush box feeder (far left), shown lifted off the web, uses a series of brushes to distribute tablets into cavities. Interna
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Tf/f/s machine big on performance, not price

Contract packager finds Argentine-built thermoform/fill/seal blister packaging equipment provides fast and flexible changeover capabilities at an economical price.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
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Fresh Express tests a transverse zipper

A leader in fresh-cut produce, Fresh Express Inc. of Salinas, CA, now is testing a zipper reclosure feature on 1-lb bags of garden salad. The pack is among the first to use the Z-Patch partial-width zipper, which comes from Z-Patch, Inc.

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