Case Studies

Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & OTC Packaging

From the tf/f/s system at the head of the line (above) to the robotic palletizer at the end, both of the twin lines at Schering-
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'The way packaging should be done'

Twin blister-pack lines populated by ‘best-in-class’ machines played a key role as Schering-Plough took its Claritin-brand product from prescription-only to OTC status. See video
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Med packs pass test intact

To complement its visual tests and destructive peel-strength testing for sealed trays for products such as breast implants, medical device packager Mentor Corp., Irving, TX, operates a PTI 225 tester from Packaging Technologies and Inspection.
The 2-L pouches feature a one-piece fitment (above), which accepts a fill/dispensing probe that ensures that users are never in
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Pouch provides a perfect solution

Ecolab’s custom 2-L stand-up pouch provides source reduction and “safety seals” the concentrated, institutional liquid cleaners.
For its LifePak dietary supplements, Pharmanex worked closely with its film vendor to develop a material with suitable barrier c
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Supplement packs deliver healthy results

Custom structure helps Pharmanex meet multiple needs for its packets of LifePak dietary supplements.
Optically-clear multilayer cylindrical bottles meet a difficult set of requirements for bioM?rieux, maker of the BacT/ALERT line
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Diagnostic fluids switch to plastic containers

Medical diagnostics maker bioMérieux pioneers switch to multilayer plastic bottles for blood culture samples.
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Diagnostic fluids switch to plastic containers (sidebar)

From food to pharmaceuticals
Seasonings and mixes (above) are bagged on a new f/f/s unit that replaced a hand-pack operation.
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Compact baggers pack improvements

World Flavors adds new and refurbished vf/f/s units to replace hand-filling operations and simplify changeovers.
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Software saves glassmaker's time

The Glass Group Inc. uses software to analyze and organize its protective packaging options for 9귔 different configurations.
Pacific Wine Partners positioned one accumulator inside the filling room (shown) and one further downstream ahead of the case pa
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Winery turns the tables on backups

Pacific Wine Partners uncorks more uptime at higher speeds and efficiencies since installing two compact accumulators that smooth production flow for tapered bottles. See video
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Perfect Popper pulls in prizes

Both the President’s and Innovation awards at the 61st National Paperboard Packaging Competition were snagged by the Perfect Popper popcorn box from Family Time Snacks of Valparaiso, IN.
Bewley's eliminated button-style degassing valves on caf? blend and more than 250 different fresh-roasted coffee products.
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Irish coffee channels freshness

Bewley’s Ltd. in Ireland is the first to preserve freshness with a cost-saving method that eliminates degassing valves and boosts bagging speeds 10%.
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Warm design

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare recently introduced the Ben-Gay Pain Relieving Patch to the U.S. market. The pharmaceutical giant turned to applebrandsource, a New York-based design company, to create a high-visibility package that aims to leverage brand equity.
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Shaped steel can reaps awards

A shaped steel can for a 125-mL aerosol air freshener sold by Brunel S.A. of France has won two prestigious packaging awards since it hit store shelves in France in May, 2003.
A robotic bag loader moves a new valve bag into one of the four filling stations 
on the filler, which has been upgraded with el
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Rinker invests in process improvement

Rinker’s multiwall valve-bag filling operation made big gains in productivity, accuracy, and ergonomics after management invested in three key upgrades.
A "double-wrapping" system overwraps each surgical kit case in 1.5-mil pe film. First, the case is wrapped as it moves end-first
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Double wrapping improves Cardinal's health

Healthcare provider Cardinal Health upgrades its surgical kit operations with new shrink-wrapping equipment.

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