Case Studies

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
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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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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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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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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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Shapely canisters treat cookies, dog food

Distinctive tapered canisters with rounded corners are creating differentiation for products in two separate categories, and in two different countries. In the United States, Dayton, OH-based Iams Company in November began to use the Linearpak® container for its new Eukanuba Healthy Extras Biscuits.
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HBA filler's range speaks volumes (sidebar)

A showcase filler detailed
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P&G's new angle on tortilla chips

Procter & Gamble has unveiled another intriguing new plastic package. Just months ago, the Cincinnati-based company began test-marketing 0.81 oz of Pringles in a single-serve cup injection-molded of polypropylene (see PW, Oct. ’01, p. 2, or packworld.com/go/pringlepak). This time it’s Torengos Tortilla Chips in an 8 ½’’ tall white triangular container with 2 ¾’’ sides.
Backside view shows the cam-operated platforms under each bottle that raise and lower during the filling cycle to minimize splas
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HBA filler's range speaks volumes

A ‘showcase’ 18-station filler at Stanford Personal Care fills products from watery to pastes at a rate of 180/min with an accuracy of 0.3%. See in-plant video
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Euro lawncare products drum up sales

Canisters made of recycled paperboard have been making inroads throughout Europe as a primary package that provides stackability and pleasing graphics for fertilizers.
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Stretching the limits of aseptic packaging

Low-acid dairy products aseptically packaged in plastic bottles are common in Europe. Will Morningstar bring such technology to the U.S? See in-plant video
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Label shrinks costs for Toro

Financial savings were behind The Toro Company’s decision to replace folding cartons with shrink-sleeve labels for its SingleStream-brand adjustable-pattern lawn sprinkler.
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Printer presses onward with unitizing (sidebar)

Materialistic thinking=savings
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The clear choice in jerky packaging

Phoenix-based Sun Valley Natural Products released its Jerqué line of gourmet beef and turkey jerky in October. The antibiotic-free, hormone-free meat product is packaged in a clear film pouch from Lithografix, a subsidiary of Lithotype (South San Francisco, CA), and is decorated with an award-winning label designed by Estudio Ray (Phoenix, AZ).

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