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TAPPI PLACE 2010 Interactive Trouble Shooting Panel
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An audience of approximately 200 people attended the Interactive Troubleshooting Session at the 2010 PLACE Conference recently held in Albuquerque, N.M. Each of the group of International panelists presented real work case studies on how they have used the TAPPI Press book "Roll and Web Defect Terminology" to solve real world troubleshooting problems faced in the web manufacturing and converting industries. More

2010 NetINC. Call for Papers deadline is June 25
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Abstracts for 2010 NetINC. (Innovative Nonwovens Conference) are due June 25, 2010. Organized by the Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) Division of TAPPI in collaboration with the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University, NetINC. is scheduled for November 10-12, 2010 in Raleigh, N.C., USA. More

More cities are cutting bottled water spending, says study
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The U.S. Conference of Mayors released the preliminary findings from an ongoing national survey demonstrating that more and more cities are phasing out bottled water from city budgets. These initial findings come on the heels of an executive order by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter cutting state spending on the bottle. Four states, including New York, Illinois, and Virginia, have now taken such action. More

The Hanatek Advanced Friction Tester

The Hanatek Advanced Friction Tester is an easy to use instrument for testing static and dynamic friction of paper, film, board, foil, textile and other materials.

The instrument is pre-loaded with test methods to comply with many international standards including TAPPI 549, T816, ASTMD1894 and ISO 8295. The instrument can also test Peel Strength, Tear Strength and Blocking Testing. Full details and demonstration video.

Obituary for Daniel Siegel
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Daniel Siegel, 84, of Westport, Conn., died June 9, 2010 quietly at home. Born March 1926 in New York, NY to Jesse and Dorothy Siegel, Dan lived in Westport, since 1953 with his devoted wife Alice. In addition to Alice, he is survived by his brother, Dr. Richard Siegel of Santa Rosa, Calif., his sons Jeffrey of Trumbull, Conn., and Andrew of Newtown, Conn., along with their wives Mindy Siegel and Tracy Nashel, and grandchildren Jaclyn, Rebecca, Leah and Elliot. More

Packaging materials: US microwave packaging market to reach $2.5 billion by 2015, says report
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Having witnessed deceleration in its growth over the last few years, the U.S. market for microwave packaging is expected to reach $2.52 billion by 2015. Growth in the short to medium term period will be driven by factors such as the trend towards take-home and packaged convenient frozen foods, increasing popularity of microwaveable foods and innovation in product offerings. More

Samuel Strapping Systems

From strapping to stretch film and related equipment and tools, Samuel Strapping Systems has all you need to make sure your packages keep their integrity.

Aldi to put carbon footprint info on labels
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The move will begin later this year with some of the grocer's own-brand products on store shelves in Australia. Brand transparency through labeling is advancing to the next level with the announcement that what's believed to be the first products to include carbon-footprint information on the label will appear on grocery store shelves in Australia beginning later in 2010. More

Biodegradable film for chocolate Melts
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Innovia's NatureFlex™ NM film from is a cellulose-based, biodegradable film manufactured from renewable wood pulp, metalized in-house, and suitable for home composting. This is achieved because the level of metal is so small -- less than 0.02 percent -- that it only slows the film's degradation by a matter of days without interfering with its biodegradability in any other way. Other modified coatings ensure excellent metal lay-down and adhesion providing a very high moisture barrier. It is this high barrier that keeps Thorntons Melts in premium condition. More

Water reuse and recycling makes more than economic cents

Siemens Water Technologies has been helping Pulp & Paper customers reuse and recycle wastewater and paper machine process water for decades. Our solutions help mills save energy, recover fiber and reduce wastewater treatment costs by focusing on decreasing fresh water make up. Biological wastewater treatment processes integrated with membrane separation is one of the fastest growing technologies in the wastewater industry. These integrated MBR process solutions encompass a hybrid group of industry-leading technologies which provide core technology for wastewater reuse and recycle. MORE

Thermoformed paper for lunch meat packs
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Marks & Spencer is the first to commercialize a paper-based material that can be thermoformed on existing packaging lines. U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer, an avid innovator where sustainable packaging practices are concerned, has launched sliced luncheon meat in thermoformed packs made of Paperlite. Developed jointly by Marks & Spencer, Billerud, and Flextrus, Paperlite is said to be environmentally beneficial because it’s made from a renewable resource as opposed to being entirely petroleum-based and because its manufacturing is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council). More

Sustainable packaging: Report discusses new technologies to reduce packaging
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Although packaging waste accounts for around 15 percent of the total waste burden in developed countries, its disposal has become a significant and pressing problem because it tends to be high-volume and highly visible. As consumers continue to demand convenience, freshness and quality in their food and drinks purchases, retailers are prioritizing getting products onto store shelves as rapidly and efficiently as possible. More

Spelman plans to get tough on toy packaging and recycling
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The toy industry faces a crackdown on excessive packaging under plans to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfills, the new Environment Secretary has warned. Parents who complain that new toys are wrapped in too much plastic and cardboard may have found an ally in Caroline Spelman, who announced the move during her first interview in her new role. More

PlasticsEurope condemns German BPA precautions
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Industry trade association PlasticsEurope has hit out at a report published earlier this month by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (Umweltbundesamt) which recommends that producers and users of bisphenol-A (BPA) adopt alternatives as a precautionary measure. More

Allison Systems' long life blades for Gravure and Flexo

Our Super Coat alloy coatings on our Super Gold steel blades are proven to provide good lubrication for Flexo and Gravure, effectively reducing roll wear and blade corrosion where needed.

The case of the compostable chip package
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The Sun Chips® bag is one for the books. Someday business textbooks will contain case studies about Frito-Lay, Inc.'s decision to market Sun Chips in a PLA (polylactic acid) bag. As a teaching method, case studies are effective because they present a common business situation to which a subject company applies an uncommon approach. The analysis of the company's approach -- good, bad, or mixed -- constitutes the heart of a case study. That analysis, in turn, relies upon data, narratives, and scenes. So in anticipation of the Frito-Lay case studies to come, let's consider some of the issues in the form of questions. More

Bemis says it sold factories and other assets for $81.2 million in order to complete Alcan deal
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Flexible packaging maker Bemis Co. said it agreed to sell some of its assets, including two factories, to help fund a $1.2 billion deal for Rio Tinto PLC's Alcan packaging business. More

China Flexible Packaging's Q2 profit rises 89%
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Mainboard-listed film manufacturer China Flexible Packaging Holdings said its second quarter net profit jumped 89 percent on-year to 13.8 million yuan, or S$2.8 million. The company said the better results were due to the increase in sales and gross profit margin for the period under review. More

Amcor must sell US plant in Alcan deal: US Justice Department
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Amcor will have to sell a North Carolina plant as a condition of acquiring the Alcan packaging business of Rio Tinto, the U.S. Justice Department said. The $2.44 billion deal will make Amcor one of the world's largest packaging companies, with a market-leading position in flexible packaging, folding cartons for tobacco and custom PET plastic containers. More

US demand for foodservice packaging defies economic odds
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On the back of the popularity of ready-to-eat foods, U.S. demand for foodservice packaging is expected to grow at 2.5 percent per year, reaching $7.9 billion in 2014, a new report by US market researchers Freedonia has found. In 2004, total US foodservice packaging demand still stood at $5.4 billion. Flexible packaging applications are expected to grow at 3.3 percent per year to a total value of $3.6 billion in 2014, whereas rigid packaging applications will enjoy growth rates of 1.9 percent, reaching $ 4.3 billion in five years' time. More

The Anilox Roll-Heart of the Flexo Process, Second Edition

Joe Trungale's second edition, The Anilox roll – Heart of the Flexo Process, has been newly enhanced and contains an accurate historical review of the flexo printing process, anilox roll construction, information on the various methods of doctoring the ink such as rubber roll, doctor blade and the chambered doctor blade systems. While much has been written over the years about the use and care of anilox rolls, Trungale offers guidelines on cleaning anilox rolls and reviews the various cleaning methods currently being used in the industry.

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Microwave Consistency Meter FiberScan

Save energy, improve your process with FiberScanONE™ microwave consistency meter! Accurate measurement of the consistency and water mass on wire. FFT pulsation analysis, direct data connection to DCS/QCS systems!

Topog-E Gasket Company

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