The big show at Dsseldorf, interpack 99, proved to be another education in the worldwide scope of packaging. Coming just seven months after Pack Expo 98, there are some parallels between the shows, though there's also a whole host of differences.
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Automated print-and-apply labeling replaces manual case labeling and eliminates inventorying preprinted label stock. Combined labor and material savings top $100ꯠ/yr for folding carton converter Walter G. Anderson, Inc.
Snapple's new beverage line seems to have all the "elements" of effective packaging: an eye-catching glass bottle, a sophisticated label with deep, blazing color and even a surprise graphic element on the label that is revealed only when the bottle is empty.
In the central packaging area of the two-year-old snack plant built by Pretzels, Inc. in Bluffton, In, corrugated cases of bagged snacks are conveyed from packaging to palletizing on a single powered roller conveyor.
Maker of computer networking gear forms a Global Packaging Initiatives Team to create global packaging standards. This "best practices" blueprint aims to cut costs and unify 3Com's packaging worldwide.