Case Studies

Open-mouth, pinch-bottom bags (top) are pulled from a magazine feed by vacuum cups. Sealed bags (above) exit the filler and are
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Efficiency gained, paper costs cut

A UK producer of chemicals used in the leather industry successfully integrated an automated packaging line and cut the cost of multiwall paper bags in the process.
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This drawing shows the U-shaped aseptic filling line from beginning to end.
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Aseptic drug filling boasts new type of sterilization

Sterilizing a depyrogenation tunnel by means of vaporized hydrogen peroxide is a first at Organon’s recently installed vial filling line.
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Tressa touts 'tri' container

To promote its line of Complexes™ hair-care offerings, Tressa, Inc. is selling 3-oz trial packs unitized in what Tressa calls its “TryPack.”Supplied by TricorBraun (St.
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Remedent's new package turns heads (sidebar)

The packaging process
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Bionic design

When Hydrade Beverage Co. was looking for a design company to put life into its new product, it turned to Sibley Peteet Design (Austin, TX). According to the company, the product, a “high-speed” energy drink, is the only sports beverage that contains glycerol, which research shows to be the ingredient that best hydrates the body.
The thermal-transfer printer/encoder "test" machine (above) operates at a Hines Veterans Hospital outpatient pharmacy. It encode
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VA hospital tests 'talking' label

Visually impaired patients at a veterans hospital are participating in a pilot program involving a radio-frequency identification labeling system that can read aloud prescription information and instructions for a medicine.
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An organic original

Sweet Organics, a new line of organic snacks from Seasons’ Enterprises, is setting a precedent in the growing market of organic sweets. To help develop a totally new brand identity for his company’s snacks, president Michael Season called on longtime partner Maddock Douglas (Elmhurst, IL).
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Sticking with tradition

Red Gold, Inc. turned to design consultancy Libby Perszyk Kathman (Cincinnati, OH) to revitalize the packaging for its line of canned tomato and tomato-based products.
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Creating a softer side for Softsoap

In a shift from the traditional straight lines of the old Softsoap® container, Colgate, with the help of IDI (New York, NY), has changed the look of its hand soap package to give it a rounder and softer appearance.
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Eggs-actly

On Nov. 30, 2000, Food and Drug Administration issued a final regulation requiring safe handling instructions on egg cartons. Within nine months, egg cartons must bear the following statement: “Safe Handling Instructions: To prevent illness from bacteria, keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly.” The regulation also requires that eggs delivered to retail establishments be promptly refrigerated at 45°F or lower.
The vision sensor's hand controller for set-up parameters is wired through the cartoner's main panel (above) with the view displ
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A vision for low-cost inspection

Access Business Group, the manufacturing arm for Amway, upgrades cosmetics packaging with new low-cost vision sensors that confirm literature insertion and label presence.
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Getting a handle on salsa packaging

In April, Frito-Lay rolled out its Tostitos™ brand salsa in a 28-oz plastic jug that features an integral handle and a wide-mouth closure. According to David Miller, senior technologist with Plano, TX-based Frito-Lay Corp., the multilayer polypropylene bottle is coextrusion-blown by Continental Plastic Containers (Irving, TX) and incorporates an ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier.
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Tri-extrusion heightens Haremar's capability (sidebar)

Central and remote control
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Sargento to debut in-line slider

In January, Sargento Foods, Plymouth, WI, will become the first user of the Hefty® Slide-Rite® reclosure system on a package produced on a form/fill/seal machine.
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Tri-extrusion heightens Haremar's capability (sidebar)

Film wraps McDonald’s Canadian buns
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Reclosable fitment cashes in for Arm & Hammer

To eliminate the possibility of having opened packages on store shelves, Church & Dwight Co., maker of Arm & Hammer® products, decided to change the packaging for its Carpet and Room Deodorizer.

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