Case Studies

The yellow "Smart Bottle" is conveyed on bottling lines to measure vibration and impact from the bottle's perspective.
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'Smart' glass bottle handling makes an impact

Wireless inspection system monitors Swedish bottling lines to help reduce breakage by determining handling abnormalities.
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Coffee roaster sees packaging as a key to growth

F. Gaviña & Sons has plans to bust out of its California backyard and take on the competition nationwide.See in-plant video
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Dole launches fruitful size

Dole Food Company, Westlake Village, CA, is offering a bigger play on fruit in clear plastic containers: 24.5-oz “Dole Fruit in Plastic Jars.” The custom blow-molded multilayer barrier container features a pinched-in body to help protect the glued label, which is printed on clear film.
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Servos drive case packer upgrade

An SWF wraparound case packer is rebuilt from the inside out with servos and improved HMI. Parts, assembly, lead time are all reduced.
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Singularly clear cups

Del Monte “Fruit Naturals” from Del Monte Foods, San Francisco, CA, are packed in an 8-oz clear cup with a fluted design.
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NACD's Best of Show winner clears clogs

While the late Bernard Seid spent much of his professional life in Cleveland, the award bearing his name is taking up more than temporary residence in the Cincinnati area.
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Abbott bar codes hospital injectables

Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL, reported late in March that it had completed its initiative to apply unit-of-use bar codes to all of its hospital injectable pharmaceuticals and intravenous solutions.
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Pouch brings spa experience home

Launched in the fourth quarter of 2002, göt 2b spa facial scrub is now making its way to drug stores and mass merchandisers nationwide. Rather than using a plastic bottle, the predictable packaging format for most cosmetics and beauty aids, Advanced Research Laboratories selected a spouted, reclosable, stand-up pouch.
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Salmon 'catches' retort pouch, too

Chicken of the Sea has found the salmon running its way. For about a year, the San Diego, CA-based company has marketed its pink salmon in a 7.1-oz retorted pouch, much like its tuna products.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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).
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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