Case Studies

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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P&G unwraps bioplastic for commercialization

Cincinnati,OH-based Procter & Gamble has licensed PHBH (poly 3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate), a biodegradable polymer, to plastics manufacturer Kaneka Corp., Osaka, Japan.
Fabri-Kal customers use labeled clamshells to pack a variety of produce, including blueberries and cherry tomatoes.
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Labeler proves 'berry, berry' good for Fabri-Kal

A new clamshell labeling system increases speed while reducing labor costs and downtime at the Greenville, SC, plant of thermoformer Fabri-Kal.
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Abita tests pasteurizable beer in PET

Abita Brewery next year plans to commercialize beer in a one-way multilayer plastic bottle that’s pasteurizable. Until now, the plastic bottles typically used for beer didn’t have sufficient thermal resistance to withstand pasteurization, so brewers choosing to use plastic have had to rely on some form of cold filtering or flash pasteurization. But the availability of this new tunnel-pasteurizable bottle could make one-way plastic beer bottles a viable option for a lot more brewers. Abita Brewery, based in Abita Springs, LA, is a regional craft brewer.
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New line boasts new sterilizing technology

Adelholzener of Germany is leading the charge when it comes to popularizing one-way plastic beverage bottles in a region that has long resisted this package format.
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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.
New filling equipment has helped Yofarm improve accuracy and consistency in filling toppings for its YoCrunch line of yogurt.
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Yogurt producer fills craving for higher throughput

Yofarm reduces waste dramatically with a new auger filler that achieves consistent volume control of yogurt toppings.
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Energy drink rockets to retail

In September, Ferolito Vultaggio & Sons, Lake Success, NY, “launched” its AriZona Rx Extreme Energy Shot drink in a package that resembles a rocket. The drink uses an 8-oz aluminum can topped with a polypropylene cap that doubles as a “shot cup.” According to Ferolito Vultaggio & Sons, creators of the AriZona Beverage brand, the “shot cup” provides an industry-first sanitary cap.
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Oberweis Dairy is 'looney' over milks

North Aurora, IL-based Oberweis Dairy, best known for its glass containers of milk, introduced in August a line of five 12-oz Looney Tunes-brand flavored milks in polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Promotional graphics

To bolster its Grand Prix Formula One Sweepstakes, Stamford, CT-based Beck’s North America introduced a special, limited-edition 16-oz collector aluminum beer can and multipack racing packaging.
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'Fresh-roasted' design

Whether it’s coffee or ice cream, Seattle-based Starbucks continuously works to strengthen its brand identity. Facing fierce competition for premium freezer case space, Starbucks turned to Enterprise IG (San Francisco, CA) to create an exciting new look that would stand out from the competition and also provide a more unified brand identity.
Shown here is a sampling of Clean Team's packaged cleaning cards that are inserted into magnetic stripe readers, point-of-sale c
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Four-side-sealer homers for Clean Team

Clean Team, a San Diego maker of cleaning card products, speeds changeovers and lowers labor costs with an automated sealer. Pitched area allows for easy filling of liquid cleaning solution into the package.
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Art nouveau design

For the second year in a row, Andy Powell, an artist represented by Scott Hull Associates (Dayton, OH), has created a dynamic piece of artwork to decorate bottles of 2001 Beringer Nouveau red table wine.
When changeover is needed, an Aladdin machine operator can adjust the shrink wrapper for various mug sizes and return to product
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Quick changeover sets off production overhaul

Mug manufacturer Aladdin revamps its production facility with a family of seven hand-loaded semi-automatic shrink wrappers.
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Instant foamer pumps new J&J soap

Johnson & Johnson, Skillman, NJ, in May introduced Johnson’s Kids Foam Blaster hand soap, topped with an instant foam dispenser developed by Airspray International (Pompano Beach, FL). The Table Top foam-producing dispenser is said to provide a soap product that lathers without water.
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

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