Case Studies

The cases are tilted for two-up loading (above) to keep the cartons forward so that a vertical divider can be inserted by the ro
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Robots sweeten case packing efficiency

On two lines, Gray & Co. uses a robotic case loader positioned between an automatic case former and an automatic sealer to pack cartons into cases at rates up to 90 cartons/min.See in-plant video
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UFOs land in holo cartons

Innovative Candy Concepts, Atlanta, GA, is taking candy packaging to a higher level with the introduction of UFOs.
Leonard Cole (above left), North York plant manager, and Nick Boragina, Concord plant manager, display cartons of IQF product at
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See Janes run

New folding-carton erecting and sealing equipment improves efficiency and lowers labor and material costs for two Janes Family Foods plants in Canada.See in-plant video
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Pez juice launched in pouch

In the candy business, Pez in its refillable dispenser is a classic. Now Leading Brands, Inc., is marketing a Pez shelf-stable juice, in a 8.54-oz (250-mL) “no-spill” stand-up pouch topped with a collectible Pez character.
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Vial delivers eye-opening ingenuity

Arthur Lifshey, a senior fellow engineer with Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, NJ, is the inventive mind behind the patented Ocumeter® Plus, a high-density polyethylene vial for ophthalmic products.
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Bru's big on blue PET

Recognizing that an established brand lives or dies partly on the strength of its packaging, marketers at Bru S.A. were downright picky about which PET resin to use when they introduced 50-cL (16.9-oz) bottles of natural sparkling mineral water last May.
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Top honors for package design

Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) was recently honored as the only winning package design entry in the electronics category for its strategic work on Intuit’s QuickBooks-brand software by the London International Advertising Awards committee.
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Face lift proves golden for ale

Widmer Brothers, Portland, OR, brewery and distributor, returned to Hornall Anderson Design Works (Seattle, WA) to help redesign/ reposition one of its more popular Pale Ale labels.
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Very merry graphic design

Just in time for the holiday season, Smith’s Dairy is releasing Moovers Premium eggnog decorated with three of Santa Claus’ elves.
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Printing pays back Duckback

Flat-case printer earns eight-month payback for Duckback Products, a maker of stains, coatings, and cleaners for external wood and concrete surfaces.
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Crave packaging is revealing

A 2.5-oz plastic spray bottle mounted inside a see-through plastic “carton” distinguishes the packaging for Crave fragrance from Calvin Klein Cosmetics, a New York, NY, div.
Gatorade Kids Pack uses a colorful six-color printed shrink film for both the front and back panels, including distortion-printi
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Custom line lets Gatorade sprint to market

Effective use of resources gives Gatorade Canada a new product just in time for the summer selling season.
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Dasani does the twist

Most beverage bottles with sports caps open by pulling up on the cap, and they’re closed by pushing the spout back down. But a new 24-oz PET bottle of Coca-Cola’s Dasani-brand water uses a unique overcap/spout combination that twists open.
Operating using 4 axes, each robot picks a cordial from the conveyor and places it into the tray at an average rate of 1.5 cordi
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'Cordial' robots hit savings sweet spot

Twenty-four robotic arms place Queen Anne brand cordials at rate of 90/min/arm into six-count plastic trays.See in-plant video
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Nite Ize sees card printing economics

To achieve color printing on both the front and back of its blister cards, Nite Ize Inc., a Boulder, CO-based manufacturer of outdoors equipment, turned to CardPak (Solon, OH).
Variable information printed on boxes (top) includes number of pieces in human-readable and bar-code format.
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Fruit-packing line learns to count

Hand-stamping of variable information has been replaced by automatic ink-jet printing. A machine vision system counts fruit pieces and relays totals for each box to the printer.

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