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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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.
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.
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.
Household chemical category: gold to Twin City Bottle (Minneapolis, MN) and The Caldrea Co. for a bottle and closure for home ca
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Other NACD winners

Listed below are the NACD winners in the other six categories.
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Packets add spice to pork packs

Farmland Foods, Inc., Kansas City, MO, introduced case-ready Extra Tender Fresh Pork in random-weight vacuum packs earlier this year. Each pack contains a ½-oz seasoning packet to promote a custom, do-it-yourself approach to seasoning.
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Dream Stream comes to the U.S. (sidebar)

Foam barrier tray, too
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Marinade bottle delivers

Liquid marinades in 15 shelf-stable flavors from Excalibur Seasoning Co. Ltd., Pekin, IL, were repackaged earlier this year from an 86-oz bottle with pump dispenser to a 64-oz high-density polyethylene “Tip-N-Pour” container.
12 bottles are gripped mechanically by their necks and rotated 180?
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Blow molder's bottle handling goes turnkey

As more distillery customers wanted bottles packed in reshippers, Captive Plastics installed a turnkey system that erects cases, loads partitions, and inverts freshly blown bottles.
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From gabletop to plastic

Both Nestlé USA and Hershey Foods used the Food Marketing Institute 2001 show as a platform to promote plastic containers that replace gabletop cartons.
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Nabisco wins with inserter

Thanks in part to an inserter from Unique Solutions (Lake Zurich, IL), lucky Nabisco consumers nationwide will find a winning game piece at the bottom of their Planters’ Cheeze Mania canisters.
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Catering to convenience (sidebar)

Other winners
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Glue stabilizes Pepsi bottler's pallets

In January, Pepsi-Cola/Dr. Pepper franchise bottler Marion Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. began to lower its costs by employing a new pallet stabilization system from Nordson (Duluth, GA).
A hole in the paperboard sleeve exposes the one-way valve so that internal gas pressure created by the respiring vegetables can
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Dream Steam comes to the U.S.

Food science joins plastic packaging technology in a new MAP package that lets consumers cook a fresh gourmet meal in minutes.
Southeast Canners uses the machine (above) to open a paperboard carrier, load 12-oz cans into it, then seal it shut.
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Pepsi co-op is first to employ 'Radar'

Southeast Canners improves efficiency on a can line with a newly developed computer hardware/software system that allows 24-hr/day access to production data via a secured Web site.
The redesigned package (right) is considerably shorter than its precedessor. (left).
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Machines and materials click at Superior

A redesigned vinyl clamshell at Superior Communications looks better and costs less. Customized automatic sealing equipment completes the picture.

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