Case Studies

Kevin Colcord, project engineer checks the programming for the PLC that controls the conveyors.
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Engineers display a 'can-do' attitude

To convert its 12-packed cans to a 6x2 configuration took much more than change parts. Coke Consolidated engineers deliver without a major capital investment.
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Design: A simply sparkling redesign

For 12 years, Simple Green biodegradable cleansers occupied a bottle shape and design that apperared to be geared to heavy-duty professionals rather than consumers.
On the infeed to the palletizer (left), the machine vision camera points downward toward the bundled packs (opposite right). The
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A vision for customer satisfaction

Machine vision systems confirm Coca-Cola Femsa’s bottle counts in shrink-wrapped bundles prior to palletizing.
With its unique dispensing feature, the Fridge Pack works well in home refrigerators.
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Consumers drive new 12-pack shape

Last summer, one Coca-Cola canner set out to change the shape of 12-pack paperboard carriers, and Coke Consolidated is now reaping the rewards.
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Printing that's best in class

Two stand-up pouches, a shrink-sleeve label, and a retro coffee bag boast printing that wowed FPA judges.
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Pouch-making par excellence

When Toronto-based MAC Cosmetics recently reformulated its Pro Lash mascara, management also executed a dramatic package redesign. Out went the carton, which is used almost universally for mascara products, and in came a custom-designed stand-up pouch.
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P&G 'pumps' cleaning container

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble granted a license to Changing Paradigms LLC, West Chester, OH, to make and distribute a “kid-safe” household cleaner in the United States called Pampers Clean ‘n Play.
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Frito-Lay bottles snacks ?to go?

While flexible packages have dominated grocers’ snack food aisles in recent years, two major snack producers have introduced new products in rigid containers in the past few months.
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New product takes on bold look

In January, Dover, DE-based Playtex Products released its first daily facial care moisturizer under its Banana Boat line of sun-protection products.
The upstream unit of the two-labeler setup is applying the label (above) to the top of the multipack of canned fruit or vegetabl
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Instant changeover with Del Monte's labeling duo

A pair of interconnected applicators yields automatic label roll changes using labels printed offline just-in-time. See in-plant video
A production time and date code is printed beneath the "3905-6" product code. The code appears in the side gusset area of lawn-a
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Coder grows on lawn-and-garden bagmaker

Exopack’s Tomah, WI, plant adds a thermal-transfer coder to print production dates of lawn-and-garden bags sold to customers such as The Scotts Company.
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New friction-top belt conveys success

A new friction-top belt conveyor replaces a belt-on-roller incline conveyor at Miller Brewing’s Irwindale, CA, facility. Less maintenance, no case slippage are the results.
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Miller debuts Skyy Blue 'malternative'

Skyy Blue, a 12-oz malt-based alcoholic beverage, debuts this month in a cobalt blue glass bottle similar to the one that helped make Skyy Vodka a success.
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Speedy packing service 'Xpress'es itself

When Zebra Pen needs to fill orders for its major retail customers in a hurry, the Edison, NJ-based company often turns to CardPak (Solon, OH) and its XpressCombo service to print the blister cards for its packs of pens, markers, and pencils.
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Century seals securely

Diameters may range from 38 to 120 mm, but regardless of the neck finish on HDPE jars filled on four packaging lines at Century Foods, tamper evidence is assured since the August installation of four induction-sealing machines from Pillar Technologies (Hartland, WI).
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'Tall blonde' bottle proves versatile

Southerners have a new beer option from Carolina Beer & Beverage, LLC, a regional craft brewer in Mooresville, NC: Tall blonde, a 16-oz longneck PET barrier bottle containing a light pilsner-style brew.

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