Case Studies

Beverage Packaging

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HP Invents Eco-Friendly Pack

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, CA, has debuted a new angle on eco-friendly packaging using RPETG, a recycled polyester copolymer, that replaces polyvinyl chloride.
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Combination products challenge packaging

Manufacturers must consider regulatory matters, materials, machinery, and sterilization methods when packaging these cutting-edge drug-device, drug-biologic, and/or device-biologic products.
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Dishing out data at Coors

PLC programming based on standardized data blocks helped Coors rapidly design a new bottling line. MES software and data acquisition also shine.
LANE COMBINING. Printed film is applied in register (above) to a 24-count tray of bottles. Three lanes of freshly blown bottles
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Le-Nature's looks west

In a sparkling new plant in Phoenix, this ambitious beverage maker produces PET preforms and blows its own bottles. Line 3 features an inline blow/fill approach. 
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Elau's Packaging Automation Forum Series

Click on the following stories to read Elau's series on the Packaging Automation Forum.
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Apple-shaped bottles get plastic version

Watsonville, CA-based apple juice processing company S. Martinelli & Co. has partnered with Graham Packaging Co. L.P. (www.grahampackaging.com) to launch a PET plastic version of its 10-oz apple-shaped glass juice bottle.
SHRINK WRAPPING. Film is applied in register by this single-curtain shrink wrapper/tunnel combination system, whose small footpr
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Print-registered film wrapper brings co-packer new business

As the demand for multipacks of multiflavored aseptic juice boxes continues to grow, this contract packager invests in machinery to keep up with the trend.
Special adhesive makes 20-lb bags of bulk product more stable and less costly to stack on pallets.
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Adhesive reduces co-packer's labor, stretch-wrap costs

Labor, a major controllable element of contract-packaging costs, can make or break a project. With compressed margins, contract packagers are seeking any opportunity to reduce operating costs.
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Starbucks toasts brand extension

Starbucks Coffee Liqueur’s glass bottle is shaped as a cocktail shaker to extend Starbucks’ brand equity to after-dinner cocktails, winning the Glass Packaging Institute’s Clear Choice Award.
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TI's well-calculated Gen 2 RFID rollout

Texas Instruments’ E&PS calculator business unit did its homework before it became the first Wal-Mart supplier to tag packages with Gen 2 RFID technology.
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Resealable ice bags heat up sales

Blue Keld, East Yorkshire, UK, a leading British producer of bottled waters and bagged ice cubes, has introduced Blue Keld Spring Water Premium Ice Cubes packaged in press-to-close, resealable one- and two-kg bags, incorporating zipper mechanisms supplied by Zip-Pak.
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Winery spruces up bag-in-box packaging

Last autumn, Tefft Cellars Winery, Yakima, WA, converted bag-in-box wine packaging for its Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 4-liter wines from conventional corrugated fluted boxes to “Z-Flute” (zero flutes between the walls) paper-based material supplied and converted by Graphic Packaging International.
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Brand restaging gives Seagram's, coolers category a lift

Can the impact of dollars invested in a package redesign be measured on the bottom line?
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Flashing gold-medal form

An unprecedented 127 entries poured into the 2006 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition, sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Association. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the FPA Awards competition. Here are the winners of the Gold Awards.
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Insulated beverage wrap earns Gold

Winning a Gold Award for Technical Innovation was Cool2Go® wrap from DuPont (www.dupont.com/packaging). It is a 30- to 40-mil structure comprising polyester fiberfill material that’s heat-sealed between two layers of DuPont’s Melinex® polyester film.

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