Case Studies

A new conveyor (inset) moves cases of wine to a new palletizer and wrapper installed October 2001.
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Winery harvests success with new machinery

New machinery helps Beringer Blass Wine Estates reduce breakage and damage to its glass wine bottles, as well as increase line efficiency.
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Creating 'telegraphic imagery' for P&G

P&G Healthcare's new pain relief package is designed with “telegraphic imagery,” using product photography and graphic symbols to explain the fundamentals of ThermaCare’s pain relief process.
A key improvement to downstream packaging functions is this automatic case erector.
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Equipment sparkles at Diamond of California (sidebar)

Downstream, upstream efficiency
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Yoplait 'whips' up new design

When introducing the new Whips! yogurt, a line extension of Yoplait, Minneapolis-based General Mills turned to Keck Garrett Associates (Chicago, IL) to design a package that would convey the smooth, mousse-like texture of the yogurt and present it as an indulgent yet healthy choice for women.
Diamond's new vf/f/s machines produce a variety of bag sizes. One machine applies an LDPE zipper in the transverse direction, sh
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Equipment sparkles at Diamond of California

New vf/f/s machines and computerized scales increase speeds, reduce downtime, and lessen giveaway of Diamond of California shelled nuts. See in-plant video
At Kwik Goal, pre-fitted protective packaging parts have reduced the amount of hands-on labor required.
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Trade show 'shot' scores

Kwik Goal managers visited a trade show to find new packaging for their soccer goals. They came home with better protective packaging and a way to reduce hands-on labor costs.
Spring-loaded fingers in two-level starwheel help stabilize a gallon jug during transfer at Ocean Spray's Henderson, NV, plant.
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New starwheel avoids filler rebuild at Ocean Spray

New one-gallon jug challenged a filling line at Henderson, NV. New discharge starwheel eliminated need for filler modification.
The first robotic loader (top right) for workplace water bottles was installed at Neverfail's Thornleigh plant.
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U.S. technology upgrades Australian water bottler

A 66% increase in productivity and a threefold boost in output accompany the installation of automated workplace water-bottle filling and handling.
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A light, crisp, and refreshing redesign

Time and time again, Diet Pepsi drinkers have described the product’s flavor as “light, crisp, and refreshing.” In-house packaging designers, with the help of Deutsch Design Works (San Francisco, CA), created a new design for all Diet Pepsi packaging that would reflect these three important attributes.
This pick-and-place robot uses vacuum pick-up cups to transfer filled cups from the filling/lidding system to the case packer.
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Proficiently packed Pringles

Weighing just 8 g and resting on two ‘feet’ instead of a flat bottom, P&G’s single-serve Pringles package is automatically filled and case-packed on custom-built gear.
Delta Faucet redesigned its carton exteriors for retail-bound packs (left) and for its trade customers (above). More colorful pr
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'Beautifully Engineered' faucet packaging

Delta Faucet redesigns its packaging using preprinted boxes that include product photography to help instruct users. Inside, a new thermoformed tray stabilizes parts.
With its center support and double-wall corners, the H-bliss-style box (above) was perfect for Valvoline's offset-neck bottle (b
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Creative cooperation at Valvoline

By getting a little creative with its suppliers, the Valvoline Co. was able to overcome budgetary constraints that could have prevented a badly needed equipment upgrade.
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Coca-Cola endorses new mold-making technology

Soft drink bottler lauds new patented technology for manufacture of plastic molds, both for injection and blow molding.
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Packaging to reduce, reuse, and recycle

When this Nashville-based, electronic-device manufacturer began looking for different ways to protect its fragile switches and circuits, engineers chose a greener, more natural protective packaging design.
Housed in an isolated area, the refurbished vf/f/s machine produces 2" x 2" packets containing a pad and antiseptic solution. Th
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Poucher evolves to meet Avail's needs

A six-up poucher at Avail Medical is upgraded with custom features and added controls to increase production utilization. See in-plant video
The newest line at A.R.C. comprises a bank of 10 counters, above and inset right, plus two automatic bolt feeders. The counters
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A.R.C. counts on faster fastener bagging

From nuts to bolts, each week A.R.C. bags 500ꯠ lb of fasteners that are individually counted by high-accuracy optical-based systems. See in-plant video

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