Article |

Culligan brightens cartons and saves

Culligan Intl. Co., Northbrook, IL, is one of the first end users of a new laminated 36-pt solid fiber board substrate used for folding cartons for retail water filters. Forte™ from Westvaco’s Packaging Resources Group (Stamford, CT) comprises 6-pt SBS–which provides a high-quality printing surface–laminated to 30-pt Kraftpak®, an uncoated SUS.
Ranging from an under-sink drinking water filter to a whole house filter the filters were reintroduced in cartons made of the new substrate in Spring ’01. Prior the cartons were made of a litho-laminated E-flute corrugated. The auto-bottom cartons are converted by Sheboygan Paper Box (Sheboygan WI) which offset-prints them in five colors plus aqueous coating.

According to Culligan’s packaging supervisor who declined to be named “our main concern was keeping the quality equal to or better than before while reducing our costs” he explains. Culligan saves anywhere from 4 to 11% per carton depending on the carton size and quantity he says.

“Better printing was a bonus” he says. “It’s definitely a noticeable difference. Plus it’s a stronger material than what we’d used before.”

Another benefit is that the fluting had shown through before. Now it does not. Carton lead times have also been reduced Culligan reports.

Sheboygan Paper Box receives the material from Westvaco in 7’-long rolls in widths from 40’’ to 50’’ then sheets prints die cuts and glues it. Forte eliminates a laminating step necessary with the former material.

ADVERTISEMENT
Culligan receives the carton blanks at its Sheboygan facility where it uses the Forte for more than 20 filters which are priced from $15 to $150 at do-it-yourself homecenters and hardware stores nationwide. (RL)

Comments(0)

Add new comment

E-BOOK SPECIAL REPORT
42 Best Package Designs: 2014 edition
Sign up to receive timely updates from our editors and download this e-book consisting of our editors' picks of most notable package designs. Updated for 2014!
x

 

Newsletters
Don’t miss intelligence crucial to your job and business!
Click on any newsletter to view a sample. Enter your email address below to sign up!
GENERAL INTEREST

New Issue Alert

Packaging World Magazine

eClip

Breaking packaging news

Packaging Insights

Pertinent packaging issues

PACKAGE DESIGN/
DEVELOPMENT

Greener Package

Sustainable packaging

Shelf Impact

Package design strategies

Each newsletter ranges in frequency from once per month to a few times per month at most.