Case Studies

Consumer Product Packaging

A production time and date code is printed beneath the "3905-6" product code. The code appears in the side gusset area of lawn-a
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Coder grows on lawn-and-garden bagmaker

Exopack’s Tomah, WI, plant adds a thermal-transfer coder to print production dates of lawn-and-garden bags sold to customers such as The Scotts Company.
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New insecticide appearing this month uses stand-up packaging with glitzy eight-color flexo printing to lure consumers. A die cut
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Insecticide debuts in 'killer' packaging

GardenTech launches 10-lb stand-up bags of Over ‘n Out in a three-piece display-ready case with a stand-out four-color design.
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Shapely canisters treat cookies, dog food

Distinctive tapered canisters with rounded corners are creating differentiation for products in two separate categories, and in two different countries. In the United States, Dayton, OH-based Iams Company in November began to use the Linearpak® container for its new Eukanuba Healthy Extras Biscuits.
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Laser coding excels at Excelda

Excelda Mfg., a contract packager of lubricants and other products sold in the automotive aftermarket, has turned to laser coding to improve legibility of the single-line date code it uses on the plastic bottles it fills.
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Xbox box has 'game'

The graphics design for the much anticipated mid-November debut of Microsoft’s Xbox game console strikes a balance for hard-core gamers and mainstream consumers.
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Detergent tabs 'heat' up packaging

In Britain, premeasured tablets are the fastest-growing way to use laundry detergents, and Robert McBride, plc, Cumbria, England, is packing them 70% faster with an economical film from UCB Films (Smyrna, GA).
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Euro lawncare products drum up sales

Canisters made of recycled paperboard have been making inroads throughout Europe as a primary package that provides stackability and pleasing graphics for fertilizers.
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Clearly apart from the competition

Knowing it wasn’t the first to launch single-serve milks and juices in plastic bottles, this dairy made sure its new PET bottle would stand out and promote the brand.
Lou Raucci, manager of packaging at Amertac, loads a print order behind the three new label printers.
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Label print station cuts fulfillment costs

American Tack & Hardware upgrades label printers for speed and quality images and gets healthy savings in the bargain.
At Thorntons, the X-ray inspection system checks lidded boxes for contaminants and, through a software upgrade, chocolates that
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X-ray vision checks inside chocolates boxes

Thorntons in the U.K. uses X-ray scanning equipment to inspect foil-wrapped and boxed chocolates. Software upgrade detects missing chocolates.
Flavor Delite's products are checked by the on-line X-ray system at speeds to 62/min. It even detects underfilled canisters.
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X-ray system spices up on-line QA

An X-ray inspection system at Flavor Delite checks for ?anything? out of the ordinary inside canisters of seasonings, including clumps. A ?guardian angel? for the line, the system confirms packaged product weight, too.
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Canny cosmetics

In a market where impulse purchases rule, Markwins Intl., has raised the visibility of its cosmetics through unique packaging. The City of Industry, CA-based company’s “glam in a can™” cosmetics that were introduced at select mass merchandisers nationwide in August are packaged in transparent 1-gal paint cans.
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'Tis the season for apple gum pack

Just in time for the fall season is Amurol Confections’ Caramel Apple Bubble Gum, packaged in a reusable apple-shaped polypropylene cup and a removable acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene lid. A polyvinyl chloride heat-shrink label conforms to the shape of the container, delivering graphics via a modified flexo press.
Lengthy line starts with robotic depalletizing where the bagged jugs are picked and placed onto an infeed table for automatic de
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Big containers, big output done Nature's Way

Nature’s Way Purewater fills 180 1-gal containers/min and packs them into 3-count cases at a rate of 60 cases/min. New $4 million, 2000’-long line includes a case packer that accepts 2.5-gal containers, too. See in-plant video
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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