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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Pactiv Inc. (Evanston, IL) acquired Hexacomb, Inc. (Lincolnshire, IL) for $58 million.
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Controls Product Brief
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Color guides

The 1996 edition of the Pantone® (Carl-stadt, NJ) Color Refer-ence guide is now available. As exposure to light or prolonged contact may cause fading or discoloration of these guides, the company recommends that they be updated annually to assure color accuracy.
Materials Product Brief
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Flexible composite package

Designed by Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC) as an alternative to stand-up flexible pouches and bag-in-box packaging, the Can-O-Bag is a lightweight container constructed of a spiral-wound body ply with a spiral or convolute label.
Materials Product Brief
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Metallocene plastomers

Exxon Chemical (Houston, TX) has added five grades of FDA-compliant plastomers to its metallocene specialty family. They offer good breathability, clarity and enhanced sealability for packaging film production.
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Prestretch film carriage

The Muller® Pak-Air system from Newtec (St. Louis, MO) is a prestretch film carriage with an improved, four-sided knife cartridge that slits the film into equal sized bands.
Supplier News
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Supplier news: Achievements

Mead Containerboard (Atlanta, GA) will be awarded the status of Certified Supplier by Willamette Industries, Inc.
Controls Product Brief
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Label software

QuickStep(TM) is a new step-and-repeat software from Barco Graphics (Vandalia, OH). For packaging and label configurations, this icon-based interface has an object-oriented design to create an easy-to-learn program.
Materials Product Brief
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In-line screw cappers

Designed for medium speed applications, The New Resina Corp.'s (Brooklyn, NY) NRC-30 and NRC-40 capping machines reach speeds to 150 and 250 containers/min, respectively.
Machine Product Brief
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Print-and-apply labeler

The Cimjet®300 thermal-transfer print-and-apply labeler from Griffin-Rutgers (Ronkonkoma, NY) is compact and self-contained, and uses modular label applicators for simplified changing between packaging lines.
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Packet placer

The Model PPS-250 packet placing system with stepper motor control from George Gordon As-sociates (Nashua, NH) places a range of packet sizes at speeds to 250 cycles/ min.

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