Biopolymers May Lead to Zero-Waste Communities

The introduction of biopolymers, combined with a growing infrastructure for composting them, may reduce the estimated 94% of all plastic consumer products that currently end up in local disposal facilities in the U.S.

Time-Temp Indicator Monitors Package Freshness

Ciba Specialty Chemicals and FreshPoint present a new time-temperature indicator system that will show accumulated chill-chain history of perishables. The indicators are available as labels or as inks for printing on packaging.

Plastic Suppliers Receives Environmental Excellence Award

Plastic Suppliers has won the Flexographic Technical Assn.'s (FTA) Environmental Excellence Award in the category of Innovative Technology for its EarthFirst PLA film.

Wider Expectations

Label Converter Prarie State Group (PSG) widens its converting portfolio with innovative flexible packaging applications from PCMC and Omet.

A Communication of the PLACE div. of TAPPI

Effects of converting operations on the barrier levels of metallized films and first principles cause of melt fracture LLDPE.

Getting Personal With Hans H. Traver

Hans Traver shares the benefits of his experience in the converting industry.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

Advantages in melt fracture elimination technology; high barrier advancements in metallized films; comparison of corona and flame treatement of polymer film, foil, and paperboard; and the latest UV/EB coating and adhesive technology for food packaging applications.

Paper's Prospects

The food market drives growth in specialty coated papers for packaging.

Plastic Suppliers Launches EarthFirst PLA film-specific Web Site

Plastic Suppliers has launched a Web site specific to its EarthFirst PLA film, designed to be an informational resource to educate people on the characteristics and uses of EarthFirst PLA film.

Group Focuses on Innovation

Among the worldwide flexible packaging organizations, there is one group that is probably least known, open by invitation only and only to those specifically selected for their technical skills: the International Flexible Packaging Network (IFPN).

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

New die designs and advancements in automatic die controls for improved efficiencies in film production, and how sealant film choice can affect a laminated structure’s properties.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

The role of X-ray sensor technology in the application of extrusion coating and lamination, and comparative design and performance of primer dryers for high-speed extrusion coaters.

The RFID Buzz Gets Louder

In flexible packaging, RFID has the potential to change completely the way suppliers, converters, and consumers use many items. RFID not only uses a small device, it can also transmit much important information.

Packaging 2006: What's Ahead?

As 2005 comes to a close, we review a few selected legal and regulatory developments likely to have an impact on the converting industry.

Examining Biocides in Plastics

The Biocides in Plastics report examines the use of biocides in plastics with reference to material types and application requirements. As well as biocidal performance, the in-process stability, migration, leachability, light, and heat stability all may be factors.

Corona Treating For Coating & Laminating Film

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