Case Studies

A worker feeds wrapped boxes of chocolates onto a V-belt conveyor for conveying past an ink-jet coder.
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V-belts mean victory over downtime

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates found its conveyors needed too much attention. New conveyors hardly ever require belt replacement.
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'Flex' handle gives High Falls packs a lift

High Falls Brewing Co., Rochester, NY, has improved the carrying handle for its multipacks of glass-bottled beer brands such as Genesee and J.W.
Shown at left are all four pieces to the new package: 
precision white tray and inside clamshell (right), and exterior clamshell
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Sheet gives thermoformer an 'edge'

When this maker of cutting tools wanted a versatile new double-tray package, its thermoformer selected special sheet stock for difficult forming.
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Wrapper and carton shine for P&G

Reaching store shelves this month is Tampax Pearl Plastic, a brand new Tampax-brand tampon from Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble. While product features such as a sleek plastic applicator with an easy-to-hold grip are keys to the new product, packaging is an equally important point of differentiation.
Gorgeous graphics are preprinted, but variable information is printed on-line by a thermal-transfer printer.
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Kauai brings coffee packing in-house

An auger filler mounted over a vf/f/s machine equipped with a thermal-transfer printer was all it took at Kauai Coffee Co. to bring coffee packaging in-house.
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New package puts child safety in the zone

A multilayer tube and “push and turn” closure is helping CCA Industries of East Rutherford, NJ, meet Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines for products containing lidocaine and dibucaine.
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Transforming the Egyptian dairy market (sidebar)

Aseptic PET on the way?
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Vitamin gumballs bounce into new canister

Bloomfield, CT-based Amerifit Nutrition released its Vitaball Vitamin Gumball product to the warehouse club market.
In the foreground (below), a continuous band conveyor feeds cookies by diverters into the infeeds of two parallel wrappers. An o
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Jana's cookies fly high!

Although markets have been depressed, Jana’s Classics has automated the packaging of its cookies for airline desserts.
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Powdered chai goes flexible

Portland-based Oregon Chai release a new dry powdered chai tea latte mix in October 2001.
Sundor's Anaheim, CA, plant's labor-saving move to automated hot melt distribution will yield a payback of just more than one ye
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Sunny Delight solves a sticky situation

An automatic hot melt distribution system for five glue units at P&G saves labor costs and improves performance.
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Tesco sells sushi the Japanese way

Solway Foods, Corby, England, the sushi processor and packager, developed an unusual three-dimensional thermoformed tray and lid.
New erectors and partition inserters for Chevron- Texaco Global Lubricants have helped reduce corrugated waste by nearly 12%.
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Chevron erects plan to cut corrugated waste

Six new machines help oil giant dramatically cut corrugated waste.
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Phosphorescent decoration

To celebrate the “Festival du Film de Paris” this year, the French Champagne house Pierrel released a limited-edition bottle decorated with a phosphorescent shrink-sleeve label from Sleever Intl.
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Transforming the Egyptian dairy market (sidebar)

Upstream gear at IGI
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Award-winning design solution

A dramatic packaging design solution for the Irving, TX-based Mission Foods line of tortilla products earlier this year helped Axion Design (San Anselmo, CA) win an American Graphic Design Award.

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