Contract Packaging Articles

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Outsourced packaging: Let the experts do it!

Exclusive survey reveals that manufacturers increasingly turned to contract packagers in 2001, and the growth continues this year.
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Don Richardson, Flexpak
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Contract packaging trends

What do contract packagers see happening in their industry? Packaging World found out in an exclusive series of one-on-one interviews.
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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HBA filler's range speaks volumes (sidebar)

A showcase filler detailed
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PipeLine: Size does matter

With apologies to Dr. Ruth, I think you’ll agree that, in many areas, size can be an important advantage.
This hot-filled multi-serve bottle, marketed jointly by Minute Maid and The Walt Disney Co., represents one beverage category th
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Plastic bottles move toward aseptics

It won’t be a ‘slam dunk,’ but some experts say that aseptic filling of both high-and low-acid products into plastic bottles will gain wider acceptance across the United States.
Ryt-way's new wrappers sit side-by-side (above).
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Wrapper does 'ryt' by contract packager

New wrapper greatly reduces material waste and labor costs while boosting productivity and employee morale.
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Rennco LLC: Shrink packaging system

Model 101SF shrink packaging system from Rennco, Inc. (Homer, MI), which includes Rennco’s vertical L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel, is suitable for contract packagers and fulfillment houses.
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Mixed forecast for equipment purchases

Pharmaceutical, paper, and food segments will likely increase packaging machinery spending this year. But overall, a PMMI survey says U.S. domestic equipment sales will equal last year’s $4.9 billion.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Interfilm Holdings, Inc. (Piedmont, SC) has signed a distribution agreement with the Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) to be a distributor of Opticite polystyrene label films.
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The CP moves my cheese

A couple of months ago, I prepared a packaging trends report for the conference program that accompanied the Converting Machinery/Materials Intl. show.
Axxis Intl.: Tray packing and shrink wrapping
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Axxis Intl.: Tray packing and shrink wrapping

At this contract packager of personal care products, bottles are collated in the appropriate pattern so that a pick-and-place head on the Cermex pick-and-place packer can close on them and lift them into a waiting tray. A short distance later, shrink wrapping (from EDL Packaging Engineers) secures the bottles in their trays.
Axxis Intl.: Depucking & labeling
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Axxis Intl.: Depucking & labeling

At this contract packager of personal care products, once bottles are gripped from opposite sides by a transfer conveyor, pucks, supplied by Advantage Puck, ride down an incline conveyor while bottles are transported toward the labeler.
Axxis Intl.: Filling & capping
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Axxis Intl.: Filling & capping

At this contract packager of personal care products, empty bottles in pucks from Advantage Puck move into the 12-head liquid filler from Masterfil. After filling, a three-head capper torques down caps, and then the containers exit the filler and move toward depucking.
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Two-line strategy copes with growth

Two new lines at U.K. contract packager Axxis Intl. both rely on puck systems to handle personal care products. One line is tailored for long runs, the other for quick-change versatility. See in-plant video
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.
The late Harry Karreman (center) is flanked by son Kevin (right) and by Jeff Hincks, both of whom helped Harry start up and grow
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A late Father's Day tribute

This is being written in the weeks before Father’s Day—another Hallmark (profit) moment. Although I’m anything but fond of these “created” holidays, this year’s event coincides with one of the more interesting interviews I’ve conducted recently.
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Contoured bottle 'clearly' fits

In April, Clearly Canadian Beverage and Reebok Intl. unveiled Reebok Fitness Water in a compelling contoured bottle.

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