Case Studies

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Technical prowess, flexible style

Two improved package materials, one for cup lidding, one for microwave wrapping, secured Technical Innovation awards in the Flexible Packaging Assn. competition. Printing and Environmental Achievement awards also went to new technologies.
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The converting machine (left) produces air-filled cushions a maximum width of 8", with length varying from 3" to 20". Omron Heal
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Air cushions salve Omron's shipping wounds

Medical supply distributor switches from loose-fill “peanuts” to an air-cushioned void fill to satisfy customers and cut space requirements.
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Diners find film packs ideal for every meal course (sidebar)

Produce packs win two
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Diners find film packs ideal for every meal course

From soups and salads to poultry, foods of all types become winners at the market—and in the 2000 Flexible Packaging Assn. competition.
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Costco bags gravure honors

A bag holding 4 lb of four-cheese ravioli was the Best of Show winner in the recent packaging competition sponsored by the Packaging & Label Gravure Assn.
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Graphic 'Masterpiece'

Masterpiece Fundraising, Hayward, CA, a promoter and supplier for school fund-raising projects, recently added a line of gourmet coffees to its desert-oriented line of food.
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion (sidebar)

Tech talk
Coupling that connects the servo motor to the pick-and-place carriage can be seen onboard the case packer at the very top of the
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Coupling smooths packer's pick-and-place motion

Servo motor coupling provides smooth and accurate pick-and-place motion in a case packer at Jersey Juice.
Unilever's revamped overcap sortation and orientation system smooths out what had been a jam-laden setup.
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Unilever overcomes overcapping obstacles

Unilever’s overcap sorter/orienter/feeder for aerosol hairsprays lifts production rates by 22% and eliminates constant jams.
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Campbell reshapes bowl

Campbell Soup Co., Camden, NJ, hopes to bowl consumers over with a new design for “Soup to go!” that’s taller, slimmer and curvier than the ubiquitous microwavable bowls it debuted in summer ’99. Soup to go! was re-introduced in a new bowl starting last August.
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New line helps repackaging pay off (sidebar)

Repackaging’ defined
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Packs provide shimmer

Revlon’s new hair treatment line was designed to put the shine back in damaged hair. Housed in equally luminous packaging, the premium line includes nine different products.
Overhead hoppers on each electronic tablet counter are fed by a bucket that travels on demand from a floor-level hopper (inset)
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New line helps repackaging pay off

Added last August, RxPak’s newest drug repackaging line is notable not only for its level of automation, but also for the senior-friendly, child-resistant closure it applies. See in-plant video
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Alberto-Culver's all-natural bottle graphics

In an effort to recover its declining herbal shampoo/conditioner business, Alberto-Culver, maker of Alberto VO5 products, decided to modernize and “naturalize” its outdated bottles.
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E-tailer cushions itself in a perilous environment (sidebar)

Dunnage options, economics
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Smirnoff Ice refreshes

Already a success in the United Kingdom, Smirnoff Ice from Guinness Bass Import and United Distillers & Vintners, Stamford, CT, began rolling out in February in the United States and Canada. Called an “alco-pop,” the five-percent-proof citrus-flavored malt beverage comes in a 12-oz glass bottle with decorating reminiscent of bottles for Smirnoff’s vodka. The product is being offered exclusively for on-premise consumption in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs.

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