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Cameras hit the vending circuit

Want to buy a one-time-use camera or a roll of film from a vending machine? Now you can, thanks to of Kennett Square, PA. Packaging plays a key role.
FILED IN:  Package Component  > Films is part of a strategic alliance that includes Eastman Kodak of Rochester NY and the Dixie-Narco vending machine division of Newton IA-based Maytag Corp. Eastman provides film and one-time-use cameras both wrapped in foil. Dixie-Narco supplies the temperature-controlled vending machines which consumers access via credit card.

The original package used by was a 211x604 steel can with easy-open aluminum lid. Next was a polyethylene terephthalate container basically a two-ball tennis ball container. Again it took an aluminum easy-open lid; workers glued on a label by hand. This packaging however was not only labor-intensive but the labels tended to peel off in the climate-controlled vending machines. So about a year ago a new container was unveiled: a 300x504 composite can from Sonoco (Hartsville SC).

Spiral-wound of two plies of 100% recycled paperboard the can also includes foil as a moisture barrier. Seamed onto the top is an easy-open aluminum ring-pull end. Workers at place wrapped camera or film in the container and then seam on a steel end with semi-automatic equipment. The workers also glue a paper label to the canister. Soon however as volume warrants it Sonoco will begin applying a spiral-wound paper label printed flexo in six colors as part of its canmaking process.

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The switch from the plastic container to the canister says marketing communications manager Maeve McKenna will bring a savings in cost of materials and labor. Specific numbers however are not available.

Needless to say is delighted with the new package. “Not only are we saving time and money we’re getting a package that meets the requirements of the vending environment which can be challenging” says McKenna.

Appearing first in the Northeast in 1999 the camera- and film-filled machines are now in much of the country and will be nationwide soon. Pricing varies considerably depending not only on film or camera type but also on venue. (PR)

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