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Case Studies

Food Packaging

Leonard Cole (above left), North York plant manager, and Nick Boragina, Concord plant manager, display cartons of IQF product at
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See Janes run

New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency and lowers labor and material costs for two Janes Family Foods plants in Canada.See in-plant video
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The cases are tilted for two-up loading (above) to keep the cartons forward so that a vertical divider can be inserted by the ro
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Robots sweeten case packing efficiency

On two lines, Gray & Co. uses a robotic case loader positioned between an automatic case former and an automatic sealer to pack cartons into cases at rates up to 90 cartons/min.See in-plant video
The new vf/f/s systems at ConAgra Foods can produce either pillow-style packs or four-corner-sealed stand-up bags like these.
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New bagger's a boon to ConAgra

New four-corner-sealed vf/f/s bagger with transverse zipper technology offers dependability as well as materials savings for major international food manufacturer.
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Trayed entrées bring blessings

Mary Ellen’s Blessings At Home cartoned frozen meals literally make an inspired entry into the family-sized entrée category.
After folding two side flaps, an operator inserts the sensor product (above) between the package's corrugated and film material.
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Less time + less labor and materials = savings

Sensor maker Sensotec employs retention packaging that saves in labor and material costs, while delivering consistent protection.
Variable information printed on boxes (top) includes number of pieces in human-readable and bar-code format.
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Fruit-packing line learns to count

Hand-stamping of variable information has been replaced by automatic ink-jet printing. A machine vision system counts fruit pieces and relays totals for each box to the printer.
Operating using 4 axes, each robot picks a cordial from the conveyor and places it into the tray at an average rate of 1.5 cordi
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'Cordial' robots hit savings sweet spot

Twenty-four robotic arms place Queen Anne brand cordials at rate of 90/min/arm into six-count plastic trays.See in-plant video
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A 'fishy' redesign

Van De Kamp’s decided to revamp the graphic design for the cartons containing its line of frozen seafood entrées. The company turned to Deutsch Design Works (San Francisco, CA) to help reposition the brand as a main meal for the entire family.
New packaging materials at Clougherty Packing include barrier plastic trays and barrier lidding material heat sealed to tray fla
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MAP protects fresh pork

Barrier materials, MAP technology, and automation upgrades all combine to help Clougherty Packing extend shelf life and improve quality of ground pork and sausage.See in-plant video
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MAP protects fresh pork (sidebar)

Material matters
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Simplot improves casing eight-fold

A major change earlier this year at Boise, ID-based J.R. Simplot’s Hermiston, ID, plant is helping to reduce labor and breakage of bagged fries during casing.
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Onions cry for resealable bag

Gills Onions is test marketing a resealable bag for four varieties of 10-oz sliced or diced onions. The Oxnard, CA-based company hopes the package will appeal to consumers brought to tears at the prospect of cutting the pungent vegetable.
Six-color, reverse flexo-printing on Merrick's stand-up pouches of dog food identifies the product variety and its benefits and
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Stand-up pouch earns Merrick's merit

Merrick Petfoods introduces dog food in a resealable stand-up pouch that’s marketed primarily in Europe.
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Bagging output soars at Crunch Pak (sidebar)

Bag film: A ‘touchy’ subject
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Fruit snacks in 'hearty' cups

New Choice Foods, Irwindale, CA, is marketing fruit snacks in heart-shaped cups thermoformed of polypropylene. Packaged in Taiwan, Squez’N’ Bites have been introduced to the United States in 10.5-oz bags that contain 10 cups and retail for $1.19.

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