Case Studies

Brick packs of a rice-based beverage, in production on the day of PW's visit, move through the automatic case packer.
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP

Two new aseptic lines are capable of filling either 500-mL or 1-L brick pack cartons. FIFO accumulation system and remote robotic palletizing also shine.
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Paperboard 12-pack wins award

A new 12-pack paperboard can multipack has won the coveted Structural/Technical Innovation award in the 2001 National Paperboard Packaging Competition, sponsored by the Paper-board Packaging Council (Alexandria, VA). Called the DuoStrap®, the Mead Packaging (Atlanta, GA) carton has already received patents for its integral handle and also for its can roll-out dispensing device.
Forklift pickup channels, clearly visible at the base of the machine, make it easy to transport the machine from one packing she
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Bottom taper coddles fruit

This automated case taper has special gear that helps protect delicate fruit during distribution. It runs at a steady 54 boxes/min and can be forklifted from place to place.
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Nestlé package 'percolates' success

Nestlé Canada’s Nescafé Ice coffee syrup bottle earned the “Chairman’s Choice” award in the 2001 National Canadian packaging competition. Developed in conjunction with Graham Packaging Canada (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), the blow-molded, black opaque high-density polyethylene bottle has turned a lot of heads in grocery dairy aisles since its Canadian national rollout earlier this year. A U. S. introduction is expected at some point in the future.
Shipped flat, the cushions are inflated using this manual bench-top system. IKON plans to install more automatic inflation devic
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IKON polishes image with air cradles

Inflated cushions now cradle toner cartridges in shipping packs from two remanufacturing plants, reducing damage while enhancing satisfaction.
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X-rays develop in packaged foods

United Kingdom-based plants of Nestlé, Unilever, and Thorntons Plc are among the first to use an enhanced Advanced X-ray Inspection System (AXIS) to inspect trayed salads, wrapped baked goods, and packaged candy, among others.
While rotating on powered rollers, a 36,000-lb steel coil is stretch wrapped in 2-mil LLDPE film treated with vapor corrosion in
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Weirton stretches for film/paper 'cocoon'

This steel producer works closely with a distributor to protect shipments of its 36ꯠ-lb steel coils by stretch wrapping them in vapor corrosion inhibitor film.
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Nestlé debuts retorted carton; Hain gains competitive 'wedge'

Nestlé Friskies Italia is the first globally to use a retortable carton from Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL). Commercialized in May for its new Friskies “Qualità Freschezza” petfood, the Tetra Recart™ technology is more than two years from a U.S.
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Au-ve-co fastens itself to print-and-apply labeler (sidebar)

Distributor/vendor duo drive Au-ve-co
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Cost savings drive changes

Inside the box thinking is yielding savings for Western Digital Corp., Lake Forest, CA, which changed its protective packaging in Nov. ’00 for a six-item line of hard drives sold in the United States.
Au-ve-co's Rita Keller (above) tends to a print-and-apply labeler that prints bar codes and information onto labels used for car
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Au-ve-co fastens itself to print-and-apply labeler

Print-and-apply machine labels knocked-down folding cartons used for Au-ve-co’s automotive repair parts. The machine adds printing flexibility, meets growing volume needs, and reduces maintenance and changeover time.
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Label does the twist for Jim Beam Brands

To give its traditional packaging a new twist, Jim Beam Brands began marketing its DeKuyper Pucker Schnapps in glass bottles decorated with CCL Label’s (Rosemont, IL) Spinformation® label in March.
Knocked-down cases are placed in a magazine on the infeed section of the digital printer. Stacks of printed cases discharge onto
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Sunnyside sees sunny side of off-line printing

Chemical manufacturer employs an off-line digital printer that prints bar codes on cases. It reduces downtime and produces more legible type than previous in-line coders.
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Stars and stripes design

Welch’s Sparkling Juice is dressing up for the holidays. A new shrink-wrapped package, designed by Bailey Design Group (Plymouth Meeting, PA), should help Welch’s expand consumption of its product to times of the year other than Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. “The challenge for us was to create lively packaging that ties in directly to holiday occasions and promotes a feel of family and celebration while maintaining a premium image,” says Russ Napolitano, executive vice president and partner at Bailey.
Marker flow on the clip conveyor can be directed to the cartoner. Flow automatically reverts to the bulk system in case of a car
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Sanford counts on oriented bulk filling (sidebar)

Integrated cartoning and casing
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Putting the 'K' in packaging

Canandaigua Wine Co.’s newest addition, K, is an alcoholic hard cider produced in England, designed to look like nothing beer drinkers have seen before.

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