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DNA technology makes a mark in brand protection

DNA technology makes a mark in brand protection

Applied DNA Sciences leverages plant DNA to create a unique marking and authentication system for product and package security against counterfeiting. A new partnership gives the company a stronger foothold in packaging.

Brand protection is a concern for brand owners who have seen the equity of their own products and those of other brand owners undermined by the high-growth business of counterfeiting.

One of the more fascinating forensic technologies used in this arena is that of deoxyribonucleic acid-based marking and authentication. That mouthful of chemistry is familiar universally as DNA, which is a molecule that encodes the genetic data found in every living organism. One vendor, Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS), leverages plant DNA to create a unique marking and authentication system for product and package security.

James Hayward, Ph.D., CEO/president of ADNAS, responds to our questions about the technology’s use in packaged products.

How does your technology work in and on packaging?

Hayward: We create unique “forensic ID codes” that can be used to mark a range of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging types. The forensic ID code is powered by our SigNature DNA technology that enables the packager to mark both original packaging and the products themselves. The dual benefit of marking the product and packaging assures quality and security at every step of the supply chain.

Typically, DNA is applied into an ink or varnish carrier for packaging. Also, together with partners like Pillar Technologies (see Pillar Technologies secures DNA authentication for brand protection), we are exploring novel ways SigNature DNA can be integrated into packaging closures, seals, coatings of all sorts and other carriers.

A full portfolio of complementary technologies—such as fluorescent inks, visible and invisible bar coding and an optical marker using “lock and key” components—can be combined to offer the right security level for a customer’s needs.

For what kind of substrates and packaging is it applicable?

Hayward: Our unique forensic DNA ID codes are compatible with virtually any type of substrate or package, even those which may not seem obvious, like textiles, extruded films or formed paper or paperboard.

Even substrates or packaging with existing security features can often carry Signature DNA, resulting in a layered security solution, effective in a high-threat environment such as pharmaceuticals. Our partner DISC, for example, has used SigNature DNA as part of its layered PASS Security Packaging suite. 

Adding a SigNature DNA security layer can raise existing conventional security to a forensic level. Our DNA marks cannot be copied, nor can they be digitally reproduced or forged. The robustness of the DNA code is the reason it is trusted and used by the U.S. government, where it is required for use on certain electronics supplied to the military. Law enforcement agencies in the U.K. and Sweden rely on it to protect cash and valuables in transit.

What are the requirements for a packaging implementation?

Hayward: Implementing SigNature DNA is seamless, relatively straightforward and typically requires minimal additional capital expenditure. It works with existing printing and manufacturing processes. As part of the consultative process with the client, we work to understand the best stage for DNA marking and application, and design a system that works with existing customer guidelines.

We also help to secure the production environment. For example, excess taggant will need to be secured and scrap packaging controlled, to avoid unintended use of SigNature DNA codes. Generally, these operational controls are not immediately obvious to firms not accustomed to security in packaging, so we offer implementation support to accelerate the process.

In what brand owner segment do you see most of your activity?

Hayward: Working with partners like Pillar Technologies, we are targeting pharmaceutics, agrochemical, food, beverage, textiles and publishing.

The solution sets among these verticals varies of course. In some, like pharma and food, the human costs can be very high, and the need and regulatory requirements for security packaging is at critical levels. Both perceived need and regulatory requirements are present. In others, like textiles, we see a negative impact of counterfeiting and dilution, but a gaping lack of countermeasures that are as effective as ours, and a less developed regulatory environment. 

What’s the lead time and how much of an investment does this represent for the customer?

Hayward: We start with 8 to 10 weeks as a lead-time assumption, and adjust as we move through the discovery process. Implementation normally includes requirements gathering, and initial proposal, DNA marker creation, secure logistics, implementation and documented processes for QC, QA and authentication in the field.

The lead time will vary, of course, with scope. Many projects, for example, are distributed in multiple locations, often worldwide. So a phased ramp-up, in consultation with the customer, is often necessary.

What’s an example of a customer implementation in packaging?

Hayward: Our partner Nissha Printing Co.  Ltd., a large printer in Japan with global reach, has implemented a food source tracking product and service. Nissha uses SigNature DNA technology in a remarkable project to protect the brands of highly valued fish and other products that have recently been victims of rampant counterfeiting. The new printing system uses "DNA ink" to mark and authenticate labels on the packaging of these high-value fish and other food products.

The background is this: Branded foods from particular and often well-known waters off Japan, and sometimes preserved with traditional, labor-intensive methods, are becoming popular, profitable and necessary in Asia. Counterfeiters and diverters have moved in with force, selling common foods as the high-value brand, destroying markets and reputation of the real item.

Using the new printing system, foods can be instantly verified as genuine in the field, using a special handheld detector to identify the anti-counterfeiting ink. This could happen at the point of sale—or at any point along the supply chain. As is typical of our DNA markers, a second, forensic level of authentication is also available by sending the suspect product to a secure lab.

The system is entirely safe and non-invasive and foods are not altered.

Applied DNA Sciences, 631-240-8800

www.adnas.com

Nissha Printing Co. Ltd., +81 75 811 8111

www.nissha.com/english

Cazadores' new packaging celebrates deep Mexican roots

Cazadores' new packaging celebrates deep Mexican roots

To commemorate Grito de Dolores (Mexico's Independence Day), the popular premium tequila brand Cazadores is launching new packaging. The 100% blue agave spirit has been around since 1922 and the packaging design is a reflection of the tradition of using the same recipe and process since its inception. While the redesign pays homage to heritage and authenticity, the new bottle and graphics helps take Cazadores into the future.

"Our new packaging is another momentous step in Cazadores illustrious history that spans almost a century," says Rene Valdez, senior brand manager for Tequila Cazadores. "The juxtaposition of Cazadores perennial roots with an updated look and feel is sure to excite our existing consumers, as well as attract new ones."

What probably stands out the most is the unique shape of the bottle which showcases the tequila. The neck is embossed with a shout out to its more than 90 years of heritage with 1922 stamped on it and the back of the bottle has words embossed that reference Los Altos de Jalisco – the origin where Cazadores was first created. To top it off is a new cork closure which adds a premium appeal.

The Spanish language label features an imposing and regal stag which the tequila creator Don Jose Maria Banuelo would stare out from his window of his adobe farmhouse in Los Altos and admire. Superimposed above is a brand new logotype debossed on dense, distressed paper featuring the landscape of the Los Altos region. The color palette features bold hues to help consumers decipher which traditional format of tequila they are purchasing: blanco, reposado, anejo and extra anejo

Cazadores retails for the following prices: Blanco ($24.99), Reposado ($26.99), Anejo ($31.88) and Extra Anejo ($59.99).

New bag printer eliminates product rejections for Krispy Kreme: Gallery

Stacks of bags index from the entry conveyor to the lift table, which rises to the pick off position of the vacuum feeder.

An easy-to-upgrade direct printer system lets this bakery add ingredients to doughnut mix bags on demand.

Krispy Kreme’s U.S. plant in Winston-Salem, NC, packages doughnut mix in 50-lb valve-type multiwall kraft bags measuring 19-7/8 x 22-1/8 inches. They fill 7,000 to 8,000 bags per day, and were printing the ingredient statements on the filled bags using a nine-head inline inkjet system. The batch identification, date and bar code were printed on the side of the bag with a large-character inline inkjet printer. Since this plant supplies 12 overseas locations, it must also print ingredient statements in multiple languages. Graphics such as the kosher symbol and Krispy Kreme logo are sometimes

Ingredient statements must be accurate and readable. Achieving consistent print on the irregular surface of a filled bag with online inkjet is difficult at best. For Krispy Kreme, aligning nine printheads to produce complete ingredient statements and product information was troublesome and unreliable.

Also complicating results, the software was not suited for printing in a variety of languages, including non-Latin script and characters, such as Arabic and Korea. The result was time consuming set-ups, poor print quality and rejected shipments at overseas locations.

With these ongoing problems, ads from Iconotech promoting its printing systems for replacing labels and/or pre-printed bags alerted Krispy Kreme to the existence of a different approach. Iconotech’s printing technology is a direct contact, plateless printing process that uses black and white line art to create print layouts in software supplied with each printer.

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Defeating diversion

New Sunshine Black Noir

It's a fight worth winning. New Sunshine has been battling product diversion for 10 years. Its professional indoor tanning products, which are sold only through salons, often show up in unauthorized distribution channels such as Internet sites within two weeks of a new product launch.


"In the past, our customer service department has reported situations in which our bottles have been filled with generic brands of lotion, then sold online as authentic products," says Scott Matthews, general counsel, New Sunshine. "End users have expressed their concerns about us having changed or cheapened our formula."


The loss of income from those products is bad enough, but the loss of customer trust jeopardizes future profits, too—and exposes consumers to potentially unsafe or inferior products.


Angie Provo, New Sunshine senior brand manager, says, "Diversion is an industry-wide problem because it damages our brands and ultimately hurts consumer loyalty. Therefore, it's really important that we've taken this leadership position to help instill confidence back into the consumer."

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New Sunshine strategized a new offense, adding serialized radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to five new products in its Designer Skin line that were launched in November 2011 for the 2012 tanning season. This RFID trial ensures full chain-of-custody protection for the tagged products—from manufacturing to the company's 19 distributors and on down to its 15,000 salon partners. 


Now, when the company sees one of its RFID-tagged products online or at any other unofficial outlet (such as drug stores and flea markets), Matthews says, they buy it, scan the RFID label to determine which distributor it was shipped to and work from there to find out how that product got into the wrong hands. 


Matthews is quick to explain that the distributors are victims, too. 


"Our distributors are allowed to sell only to tanning salons. What happens is the distributor gets a call from somebody who says, ‘I have a five-bed tanning salon in Wichita, Kansas. Ship me some tanning lotion,'" Matthews says. Because this sounds like a legitimate business, the distributor ships them product. "They think nothing of it. When, in fact, [those people] don't have a business. All they have is an online store. So we've been able to go to the distributor and say, ‘Work with us. Let's find out how this website is getting the product.'"


The RFID campaign has allowed New Sunshine to track down—and shut down—those dishonest sellers. Matthews says, "We've been able to identify how the products got into the distribution system improperly and we've been able to take measures to make sure those sources stop."

Scott Matthews
Most secure, least disruptive
New Sunshine selected five new products in 2012 for the RFID initiative, all in the Designer Skin line: Black Noir (a best-seller), Black Dahlia (the most expensive product at a suggested retail price of $140.00 for a 13-oz bottle), Rue La La, Armed & Fabulous and Label Me Beautiful. 


RFID experts at WS Packaging Group Inc. helped New Sunshine assess its business needs and develop a solution that had the least impact on packaging design and operations, could scale up quickly and would be the most efficient approach for downstream trading partners. Because these were new products, New Sunshine was able to test proposed packages and designs for RFID compatibility before committing to them. Matthews says this industry is big on expensive decorations, like holograms and foils. During testing, one foil interfered, so they ended up not using it. "This was all done in the testing phase so we knew which materials to choose," Matthews says.


They were a bit concerned at first with the proposed design for Black Noir. The bottle is sprayed with adhesive, then coated with glitter before being covered with a full-body clear shrink label. "Glitter did not affect the readability at all," Matthews says. "Honestly, we almost think it helped. The glitter worked like an antenna."


WS Packaging received Designer Skin sample packages and set up RFID portals to test a number of different tags to see which tags worked best with the products and the packages. Designer Skin is just one of several product lines. In this line alone, New Sunshine uses 14 different bottle shapes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 3.6 oz to 20 oz, with the majority of its bottles being 13.5 oz. For this initial implementation though, there were five formulations and three different bottles.


Michael Manley, senior business development manager, RFID, at WS Packaging, explains, "Suntan lotions have physical properties that can make reading RFID tags difficult, so it was crucial we find a tag that was sensitive enough to work well with their products and containers. In addition, it was vital that the tag be able to withstand the heat tunnel in which the shrink wrap is applied to many of the Designer Skin high-density polyethylene bottles."


No intrusion on design
One other criteria: New Sunshine didn't want the tag to intrude on the design of the package or label. Matthews says, "We are able to hide the RFID tag underneath the label without having to give up valuable packaging real estate or impacting our brand image. This was a very important factor to us."


That provided a secondary benefit. Since the RFID tags are hidden beneath the labels, there's no easy way to circumvent the system's security. A person would have to cut off the shrink sleeve label to remove the tag, making the product un-sellable.


It's all relative
WS Packaging standardized one UHF Gen2 RFID inlay-composed of an Impinj Monza chip, antenna and a clear film substrate that is applied to a pressure-sensitive paper label. The RFID tags are produced, pre-encoded and tested at the WS Packaging facility in Algoma, WI. WS Packaging ensures that there are no duplicate inlays and that each is unique. Each finished tag is serialized with an EPC Global identifier from GS1 and a log file is created. 


The serialization-encoding scheme consists of a grandparent (pallet), parent (case) and child (bottle) RFID tag relationship. Each tag consists of a data identifier—"P" (pallet), "C" (case) and "B" (bottle)—followed by a serial number, allowing the RFID reader to easily identify the product and associate it with a unique sales order and determine if the number was a bottle, case or pallet. 


In collaboration with New Sunshine's IT department, WS Packaging developed a data capture and reporting tool that captures, manages and reports on the pedigree of the item. 


"They were instrumental in diagramming how this process would work and make sure that the software and the procedures—the use of the RFID technology—would not affect our business operations in any way," Matthews says. "They made sure the software was customized to fit our specific business model." It even interfaces with New Sunshine's accounting system. 

New Sunshine RFID in-plant operations

In operation
All product development, production and packaging—including RFID and prime labeling—take place at New Sunshine's manufacturing facility in Tempe, AZ. WS Packaging helped New Sunshine map out the process flow in the plant and identified the required RFID hardware.


New Sunshine added a computer and Impinj Revolution R420 fixed readers in the plant to read and associate bottles to cases and cases to pallets. As a last step, order pickers use Motorola MC3090 UHF RFID mobile readers to scan shipments as they leave the warehouse. Several tags can be read at once and the serial numbers are recorded and stored in a central database.


RFID tags are supplied to New Sunshine on a master roll, which is loaded into a label dispenser. Workers apply the tags by hand to the individual empty, unlabeled Designer Skin bottles; they are placed horizontally on short bottles and vertically on tall ones.


Once the tags are in place, workers fill the bottles on a semi-automatic system, manually add the closures and then slip the shrink labels on. Bottles then go through a shrink tunnel and are manually packed into cases and sealed.
The cases pass between the Impinj readers, which scan the bottles and identify the case. A case RFID tag is then applied. Once cases are palletized, they are scanned again with the mobile reader and a pallet RFID tag is added and associated to the load.


See a video of New Sunshine's RFID labeling operation to fight diversion at www.packagingdigest.com/NewSunshineRFID.

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From trial to jubilation
New Sunshine's first round of using RFID tags for brand protection has been a knockout, according to Matthews. The company started small—Matthews hedges a bit when asked about the volume of tagged product, saying it was more than 100,000 bottles but less than a million—but is already planning to expand the program to more products for the 2013 season, which kicks off Nov. 1, 2012. 


Plan to expand use
Eventually, New Sunshine plans to put an RFID tag on every bottle that has a shrink-sleeve or pressure-sensitive label on it in the future. Matthews says it will be a gradual process, but the company is committed to the technology. 


"Outside of the pharmaceutical industry, we're on the cutting edge of industries doing this," Matthews says. "From a company standpoint, that's been exciting for us. We didn't turn to RFID to be Big Brother to our distributors or the salons. What we're doing is trying to combat a serious issue and help our distributors and help our salons fight the same problem."

GS1 US, 609-620-0200. www.gs1.org/epcglobal
Impinj Inc., 206-517-5300. www.impinj.com
Motorola Solutions Inc., 847-576-5000. www.motorola.com
WS Packaging Group Inc., 800-236-3424. www.wspackaging.com/rfid

Committed to safety and integrity
New Sunshine makes high-end tanning lotions, bronzers and tan extenders, such as Designer Skin, Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty and California Tan. 


With a product philosophy and positioning built on "nutrition of the skin" for its Designer Skin line, New Sunshine promises to provide the ultimate in skin nutrition through the use of advanced skincare ingredients and formulas.


The company's official position on "product diversion" is posted on its website (along with a video explaining how they combat this serious issue):


"Designer Skin is committed to a salon-only policy of sales and distribution of our indoor tanning lotions. Our products produce optimum results when chosen and sold by trained tanning salon professionals who understand their clients' tanning needs and objectives. Diverted products are many times counterfeit, contaminated, old or expired products that may not be safe to use. We are committed to protecting the safety of our consumers. Our commitment to you is to make every effort to maintain the product integrity that you demand."


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Newsmakers

MOVERS & SHAKERS


Mark E. Baker
Lenze-AC Tech

Accraply promotes Rob Leonard to executive vp.

Lenze-AC Tech promotes Mark E. Baker to vp of information technology.

Beckhoff Automation hires Kenneth Harbin as a sales engineer in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Jeff Johnson as an application engineer in WI; Rich Lester as an application engineer in TX; Niels Ouwersloot as a sales engineer in CA and Erik Soeder as an application engineer in Cleveland, OH.

John P. Donlon
Motoman, Inc

Motoman, Inc. hires John P. Donlon as vp of U.S. Sales.

Bemis Co. names Scott Ullem vp of Finance.

Hapa-Laetus, Inc. appoints Christopher W. Anderson area sales director for the Northeastern U.S.

Pregis Corp. names Thor Petersen as director of its distributor program.

  Sun Chemical names Felipe Mellado chief marketing officer and Bradley

Felipe Mellado
Sun Chemical

Schrader vp of strategy and business development.

The Reusable Packaging Association appoints Jerry Welcome president.

Rockwell Automation names Ralph Carter president for Rockwell Software.

Baradley Schrader
Sun Chemical

Sonoco names Sean Cairns general manager of its European Consumer Packaging business.

Applied Robotics promotes Bill Nizolek to business development manager.

Rexam appoints Misha Riveros Jacobson managing director, Personal Care Div., Plastic Packaging.

GROWING & GOING

Schneider Electric North integrates Citect into its complete automation and control solutions offering.

Misha Riveros Jacobson 
Rexam

Caraustar Industries, Inc., consolidates its two operations in Saginaw, MI, into one new facility in Saginaw.

HP opens a new HP Indigo distribution center in Hayward, CA.

TriEnda LLC locates a manufacturing operation in Marion, IN.

BUYING & ALLYING

DYMAX Corp. acquires Tridak.

Mocon, Inc. partners with Clemson University and Sealed Air Corp. to support the new Cryovac® Fla-vour Mark® retort laboratory.

MWV forms a joint venture with India-based corrugated box manufacturer Wadco Packaging Pvt. Ltd.

Berry Plastics Corp. acquires Erie County Plastics Corp.

PAC Machinery Group acquires Clamco Corp.

Euroimpianti SpA acquires C&D Robotics, Inc.

BASF acquires Ciba shares from Bestinver Group.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. acquires Xi'An Hengsheng Science & Technology Co., Ltd. in Xian, China.

Display Pack forms a joint venture with Global Packaging Solutions and opens a West Coast facility in Riverside, CA.

CELEBRATING

Amcor, Ltd. is named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index tracks the performance of sustainability-driven companies worldwide, providing reliable, objective benchmarks for asset managers with sustainability portfolios.

Diamond Packaging is named a “Supplier of the Year” by the Procter and Gamble Co., Cincinnati.

Sustainable innovation

PDX1004hormel7Hormel Foods, Austin, MN, has completed a six-month redesign project, which resulted in an updated look of its Hormel Party Trays, more sustainable package manufacturing and more efficient case-packing of the trays.

Ongoing product evolution

Originally launched five years ago, Hormel's Party Tray product line includes a number of meats, cheese and cracker combination platters marketed to ease food preparation and presentation for special occasions. Since the trays were introduced, Hormel has expanded the product range to include individual-serve versions and large, supreme party trays, which add upscale items such as olives.

In addition to developing new component combinations for its Party Trays, Hormel also has recently re-evaluated the round tray package used for many of its snack trays.

Driving innovation

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The previous package's large product label, above, didn't
allow consumers to easily view the tray's contents. The
new package, below, enables consumers to easily view
the neatly presented meats, cheeses and crackers.

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“The project began with Hormel's marketing group research about what our consumers wanted to see,” Hormel research and development scientist Chad Donicht recalls. “The charge from consumers was to come out with a fresher, cleaner and more sustainable package.

According to Holly M. Drennan, product manager for retail dry sausage and party trays at Hormel, consumers and retailers both indicated they wanted to see more of the meats, cheese and crackers in the party trays. Viewing of a tray's components was obscured by a large label and the lack of separation between the products.

“Our previous tray didn't really have any compartments, so the products would get mixed together,” Donicht remarks. “This is one of the things we found that consumers didn't want—maybe they didn't like certain type of a pepperoni, or they liked hard salami better.”

To develop this more sustainable package, Hormel evaluated packaging concepts from suppliers as well as its internal teams.

“Hormel can have multiple strategic suppliers in same category,” says Daniel Miller, Hormel packaging research and development manager. “For example, we have four strategic suppliers for corrugated boxes. Many times what we do is leverage these companies to see which one actually has the best idea.”

Materializing ideas

The packaging ideas that Hormel liked best didn't come from the packaging supplier that had been supplying the trays, so Hormel reevaluated which company would win that business.

“The company we were getting the trays from didn't have the best design at that time,” Donicht adds. “So we changed suppliers to another company that came up with better designs.”

The outside supplier, which Hormel declined to identify, was asked to join a cross-functional team comprising research and development, marketing, purchasing and operations for group brainstorming.

From ideas generated at this brainstorming session, the supplier used Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks software to develop 3D package renderings, which enabled Hormel to control upfront design and prototype costs.

After evaluating the 3D renderings, Hormel did commission about a dozen prototype trays for distribution testing. “Drop and vibration testing shows us how the locks are working, how the labels snap in, and if we are going to see any issues with the trays cracking,” Donicht remarks.

Shaping improvements

PDX1004hormel16The resulting package is a square, two-piece snap tray with a base made of 24 mil RPET and a lid made from 20 mil RPET. Previous packaging was a round container with a base made from 30 mil PP and a lid made of 18 mil PET.

The square shape offers sustainability benefits as early in the process as package manufacturing. “There's not as much scrap when they form the square tray [versus the previous round tray],” Donicht explains. “So there's a lot less regrind for them, which makes them much more efficient.”

The tray supplier also incorporated a new inset label function into the lid. This feature allows the package graphics to be snapped under the lid, eliminating the need for overwrap to hold the label to the tray.

Packing without preservatives

 
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Workers put the finishing touches on packed party trays, top, as they travel on an in-house manufactured conveyor. Because the package shape was changed from round to square, they now fit more tightly into each corrugated case.

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Each tray contains individually packed and coded packs of crackers, meats and cheese.

Crackers and cheese arrive at Hormel's facility prepacked. Copacker Reichel Foods, Rochester, MN, packs the dry meats, such as sausages.

The wet meats, e.g., ham and turkey, are packed at Osceola Foods Inc., which is owned by Hormel.

The Osceola Foods plant uses high-pressure processing (HPP) to eliminate the need for chemical preservatives for its wet meats. HPP is a USDA–approved process that utilizes intense cold-water pressure to protect against harmful bacteria  without affecting a food product's taste, texture, apperance or nutritional value.

“Hormel, a number of years ago, implemented a process we call high-pressure pasteurization,” Miller explains. “We take the prepackaged meats as they come off of a Multivac vertical form/fill/sealers and place them into a carrier. They then go into a high-pressure pasteurization vessel that exerts around 86,000 lb/sq-in. of pressure. It's like being down at the bottom of the sea.

“It's part of the story of what makes Hormel's product taste a lot better than some of the other competitive product in the marketplace,” he adds.

Tray assembly, case packing

The tray bases travel on in-house manufactured conveyors as line workers hand place the individually packed components. The lids with the in-laid product branding cards are snapped onto the base.

Tamper-evident tape is applied to two sides of each tray by a custom applicator, which was manufactured by a small supplier recommended by xpedx. An automatic labeler applies nutritional labels to every tray. Each tray is dated-coded before it is manually packed into a case. A 3M taper top- and bottom-seals filled cases before they are manually palletized. A Lantech stretchwrapper secures the pallets before transit.

PDX1004hormel6Savings by the pound

The updated packaging is expected to result in corrugated material savings of more than 174,000 lb/year and shrink-wrap savings of 100,000 lb/year. Each finished pallet contains three more filled cases, reducing 71 truckloads required to transport the same amount of product annually.

More information is available:
3M, 651/733-1110 www.3m.com/packaging
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., 800/693-9000.www.solidworks.com
Lantech, 800/866-0322. www.lantech.com
Multivac Inc., 816/891-0555. www.multivac.com
xpedx, 513-965-2900. www.xpedx.com

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University of South Carolina Research Foundation. (2004, May). Enhancing Gas Barrier Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites. Retrieved on February 16, 2005 from http://www.nano.sc.edu/publications/PNCs.pdf.

Barrier treatment

Directed at extending the shelf life of sensitive liquid products, the Actis™ 48 is said to be the world's fastest equipment for applying PET bottle barrier treatment. With output rated to 40,000 bottles/hr, the system deposits a thin layer of hydrogen-rich, amorphous carbon inside the bottle, reducing carbon dioxide loss and entry of oxygen and, the co. adds, can also bring significant material costs savings because bottle weights are lighter. With 48 processing stations, the machine design is based on rotary kinematics, with features including a vacuum system, plasma technology, process time and positive transfer.

Sidel Group, 33 2 32 85 82 49. www.sidel.com

Splicing tapes



Adapting its straightline EasySplice® process-optimized technology to the needs of flexible packaging printers and label stock manufacturers, the co. introduces four new splicing tapes: 51905, which is for film printing at press speeds; 51405, for film label stock coating; 51400 for high-speed paper label stock coating; and 51457 for medium-speed paper label stock coating.

tesa tape, inc., 800/426-2181.

www.tesatape.com

The Lingo: Ampoule



Ampoule:
single dosage container made from glass sealed after filling by fusing the glass neck.

FromThe Medical Packaging Glossary

Ampoules are originally said to have been used for holding a small bit of people’s blood after they died. But today, they’re typically tasked for a much less gruesome mission – containing pharmaceutical hypodermic solutions or high purity chemicals that could be contaminated by exposure to air.

Ampoules are sealed by melting the top and don’t have a typical cap or cover, as most packaging does. Instead, the neck of an ampoule typically has scoring, a break ring, or a small cut to allow access to the contents.



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