At Hewlett-Packard's Roseville, CA, parts distribution facility, a relatively new form of protective packaging has slashed packaging material costs by half, warehouse space requirements by two-thirds and packaging assembly time by 75%.
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Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
The use of a new copolymer for its 'soft feel' requires special care in container handling to preserve its appearance for men's haircare line. That risk wins a Best of Show in the National Assn. of Container Distributors competition.
On the heels of Coors Brewing's success last year with its unique glass Bat Bottle (see Packaging World, May '96, p. 8), the company has come up with another cus-tom glass creation, the so-called Ropin' Bottle.
A 97-year-old Napa Valley winery is embracing today's latest environmentally-sound technology to protect wine bottles it ships in pairs across the country via small-parcel carriers as part of its wine society program.
A combination of speed with flexibility was cited as the most often selected approach to buying new equipment. So reports the research into packaging productivity conducted by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) that will be made public at PMMI's Productivity Forum, April 28 to 30, at the Wyndham Hotel near Chicago.