Case Studies

Coils are now cushioned in slotted layers of a foam material; cornerboards, a corrugated cap, strapping, and stretch wrapping co
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Pallet makeover aids lean manufacturing

Innovative ‘insourced’ packaging approach cuts time, labor, and the cost of materials for major heating/cooling/refrigeration coil manufacturer.
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Carton blanks are opened and bottom-sealed on each of the six mandrels on a wheel within the aseptic machine. This occurs in thr
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Phanner grows with gable-top cartons

Resealable screw caps on gable-top cartons provide ease of use for a variety of beverages filled at Pfanner’s plant in Lauterach, Austria. See video
Ink-jet printers apply codes to ice cream cups as they pass by on their way to a metal detector and on to hand packing into ship
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Marking Mister Cookie Face

This ice cream sandwich manufacturer settled on seven new ink-jet coding systems after old units performed poorly in wet plant conditions.
Seven-layer jars made with clarified polypropylene let the fruit show. New label graphics for the Libby's brand helped capture r
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Fruit jars stand up, stand out

Signature Fruit works with blow molder to develop a wide-mouth plastic jar that withstands pasteurization for packing premium California fruit.
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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Diagnostic fluids switch to plastic containers (sidebar)

From food to pharmaceuticals
In-house label printing allows Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating to print as needed. That eliminates material waste and saves mone
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Printers help bottom line become healthy

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, a maker of nutritious meals, replaces preprinted labels with in-house printed labels that reduce cost and waste.
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.
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.
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Putting a wrap on shelf life

A new USDA-formulated all-fruit bar achieves impressive shelf life thanks in part to its high-barrier wrapper that was initially developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer a healthy alternative to traditional military meals.
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Miller pioneers Fridge Packs for beer

Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft are the first two beer brands now in the marketplace in the refrigerator-friendly 12-packs called the Fridge Pack (see "Coke canner rolls out ‘fridge-friendly’ pack" in a previous issue of Packaging World).
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Grolsch handles new 12-pack for bottles

Driven by U.S. market growth, Dutch brewer Grolsch will be introducing a new 12-pack wraparound carton for its bottles, beginning in April.
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.
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Whoops labels communicate refreshment

A new fruit-based drink line in Brazil, Whoops, has been launched by Norim indústria e Comércio Ltda, São Paolo, with the help of Prodesmaq Ind. Gráphica Ltda., in the same city.
Espoma's new robotic  palletizer handles the output of three packaging lines. The newest line is for plastic bundles (above) of
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Espoma grows new bag line

New side-gusseted, flat-bottom plastic bags at plant food maker Espoma necessitate a new robotic palletizer, stretch-wrap bundler, and bag sealer.See video
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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.

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