Case Studies

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Plastic #10 'can' is resealable

Heinz Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, introduced in late ’01 a plastic play on the #10 steel can. The custom six-layer plastic version is coextrusion blow-molded by Graham Packaging (www.grahampackaging.com) using polypropylene and an ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier layer.
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Cushioning change gives Earthtones damage control

Earthtones, Inc., Tucson, AZ, a manufacturer of decorative ceramic tiles, had for years lived with a 15% damage rate for its tiles packed in 30-lb corrugated boxes.
Front and back paper labels are applied at speeds to 220 1-gal bottles/min.
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Mott's creates downstream flexibility

On Mott’s new bottling line, aseptically filled PET bottles of juice product in four sizes can be automatically conveyed through a number of tray- or case-packing options.
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Coated PET in the lab

A second Actis® barrier coating system for plastic bottles is now operating commercially in North America. Grafco PET Packaging Technologies (Hanover, MD) installed the patented Sidel (Norcross, GA) coating system late last year in its Morrow, GA, plant at the request of Environmental Express.
Individual carton blanks are drawn out of a magazine by a belt friction feeder and then held flat by a vacuum belt conveyor.
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Baldwin streamlines carton supply

A batch printing system for folding cartons at Baldwin Filters cuts inventory dramatically and yields big savings in the cost of materials. Estimated payback is one year.See in-plant video
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Blasting into relaunch with redesign

MLO Products, a Fairfield, CA-based manufacturer of high-protein sports nutrition products, relaunched its natural brand, added new products to the line, and redesigned its packaging.
<b>HDPE shampoo bottles</b>: Minimum 80% PCR
Wheaton Plastics div., Alcan Packaging, www.alcan.com

Aveda's John Delfausse: "We
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Aveda pushes PCR

As part of its environmental commitment, Aveda achieves 80% to 100% post-consumer-recycled (PCR) content in much of its packaging.
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Graphics add flavor

New vibrant packaging for Madera, CA-based Almaden Vineyards’ new Red and White Sangria flavors was designed by Tucker Design (Adelaide, Australia).
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Picture perfect redesign

When Fujifilm Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., the U.S. marketing subsidiary of Fujifilm Photo Film Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, decided to broaden its branding efforts, it turned to Enterprise IG (San Francisco, CA) to design new packaging graphics for consumer film, one-time-use, and point-and-shoot camera packaging.
This new container is constructed of a material that helps provide strength, hinge flexibility, and clarity.
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Container a clear success

Blueberry farm turns to new container to help six high-speed production/packaging lines run more smoothly.
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Beauties and the bests

Holographic substrates were among the big winners in the annual competition of the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators.
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Creating a clean, new look

In February, Spot Shot, a WD-40 product, got a new look thanks to an in-house design team collaborating with Marcou Design (Monroe Township, NJ).
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Color-shifting tottles make a splash

A colorant used in two-layer HDPE tottles and other containers of Fiji Blend tanning products produces an attention-getting color shift...just like a tan.
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Convenience is key (sidebar)

Shaking away cat litter odors
Nestlé is testing this new 18-lb bag, which is easier for consumers to carry and store. Nestlé is looking for pet-food pac
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Convenience is key

Pet-food manufacturers discuss the future of packaging and how innovation, customer convenience, and ease-of-use fit in with upcoming packaging plans.
As wine bottles emerge from the heat tunnel that shrinks the capsule around the bottle neck, a vertical conveyor belt rotates th
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Sometimes low tech is tech enough

To salvage existing equipment, winery finds unique solution to capsule wrinkles—by turning a conveyor on end.

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