The Audio and Video Products Div. of St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co. has scored an impressive victory in packaging source reduction. This leading producer of bulk videotape for the film duplication industry designed a returnable and reusable package for its products that: * eliminates 1.4 million cu' of waste annually, * reduces the number of packaging components from 11 to three, * reduces the variety of packaging materials from five to two, * reduces labor costs not only in 3M's Hutchinson, MN, plant but at its customers' plants, too, and, * saves $4 million annually in packaging costs.
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Seagram combines two bottling lines into one medium-speed line for a broad variety of spirits in glass bottles. Quick-change parts for cleaning, filling, capping and conveying equipment reduce downtime and labor costs.
Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
The Series 985 compact flat product carrier from Dalemark Industries (Lakewood, NJ) incorporates vacuum suction and shuttle feed platform to insure continuous, smooth delivery of flat products to the product identification system at speeds to 150 items/min.
Introduced in Mexico last September, Colgate's dual-pumping toothpaste dispenser is unique for several reasons, says Bob Mack, associate director of technology at Colgate Palmolive's Global Packaging Group.