Case Studies

Consumer Product Packaging

The bag's ergonomic handle (above) is produced on hf/f/s equipment (left) by a relocated and reoriented applicator (top).
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A better handling bag

Performance Seed’s 10- and 20-lb bags of bird food have added an ergonomically designed handle in the bag corner to improve carrying and pouring. The patent-pending feature is heat sealed and die cut on customized hf/f/s equipment.
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Art nouveau design

For the second year in a row, Andy Powell, an artist represented by Scott Hull Associates (Dayton, OH), has created a dynamic piece of artwork to decorate bottles of 2001 Beringer Nouveau red table wine.
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Appeal inside and out

New Purina dog food bag employs vivid printing to catch dog owners’ eyes, great flavor inside to attract those owners’ canines.
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New film barrier helps fertilizer canister grow outdoor sales

Five years ago, Greenview Preen-brand weed preventer switched from a 15-lb multiwall bag to a 4-gal preformed paperboard canister to differentiate itself from the competition (see Nov.
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Pigmented bottle battles milk oxidation

A new FlavorTight™ bottle that adds a white color concentrate to high-density polyethylene helps prevent oxidation in Dean Foods’ Land O’Lakes-brand ½- and 1-gal sizes of milk. Introduced in August into seven Midwest states, the bottles are used for 14 total SKUs.
Cutaway diagram shows just how much space the heat-generating chamber occupies inside the can.
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Nestlé tests an award-winning can

Consumers on the go continue to drive packaging development around the world. This time it’s a self-heating can of coffee from Nestlé UK.
Books enter the case packing line on an infeed conveyor and are then stacked for case packing in a down-stacking chamber.
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Textbook publisher moves to automation

By automating case packing and palletizing, this not-for-profit book publisher saves thousands of volunteer hours annually.
Bottles are removed from reshippers by a continuous-motion rotary-style uncaser (left).
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Bacardi moves to modernization

A revamp of Line One is just part of a plant-wide move to upgrade, automate, and modernize Bacardi’s Jacksonville, FL, plant. See in-plant video
Redesigned multi-packs (left) earned packagers the PAC Gold award for decorated corrugated fiberboard.
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Best Foods launches 'souperb' redesign

Redesigned pack for club stores saves on packaging materials while enhancing visual appeal. Lid-to-lid orientation plays a key role.
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Au-ve-co fastens itself to print-and-apply labeler (sidebar)

Distributor/vendor duo drive Au-ve-co
While rotating on powered rollers, a 36,000-lb steel coil is stretch wrapped in 2-mil LLDPE film treated with vapor corrosion in
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Weirton stretches for film/paper 'cocoon'

This steel producer works closely with a distributor to protect shipments of its 36ꯠ-lb steel coils by stretch wrapping them in vapor corrosion inhibitor film.
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Label does the twist for Jim Beam Brands

To give its traditional packaging a new twist, Jim Beam Brands began marketing its DeKuyper Pucker Schnapps in glass bottles decorated with CCL Label’s (Rosemont, IL) Spinformation® label in March.
Household chemical category: gold to Twin City Bottle (Minneapolis, MN) and The Caldrea Co. for a bottle and closure for home ca
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Other NACD winners

Listed below are the NACD winners in the other six categories.
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Nestlé debuts retorted carton; Hain gains competitive 'wedge'

Nestlé Friskies Italia is the first globally to use a retortable carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL). Commercialized in May for its new Friskies “Qualità Freschezza” petfood, the Tetra Recart™ technology is more than two years from a U.S.
Knocked-down cases are placed in a magazine on the infeed section of the digital printer. Stacks of printed cases discharge onto
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Sunnyside sees sunny side of off-line printing

Chemical manufacturer employs an off-line digital printer that prints bar codes on cases. It reduces downtime and produces more legible type than previous in-line coders.

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