From scorecard to playbook: Walmart’s packaging evolution
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From scorecard to playbook: Walmart’s packaging evolution
Laura Phillips, Senior VP of Sustainability for Walmart, explains how the retailer has evolved its process for evaluating packaging sustainability and driving continuous improvement.
A fresh idea on single-serve sustainability
Mars Drinks’ package redesign keeps more single-cup packs out of landfills.
Case packing upgrade brings many benefits
Semi-automatic case packing was a ‘rate limiter’ that had to be addressed at this growing food manufacturer serving foodservice customers from its Ohio facility.
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Rotary filler allows access to all points of the machine
Used with rigid containers, the Spee-Dee stainless steel rotary filler has servo drives between the timing screw, star wheels and main turret for electronic set up.
Guide rail system reduces changeover times
The Septimatech Unison G2 adjustable guide rail system allows users to change up to 80 ft. of guide rail, including any configuration of straight, curves, corners and crossovers, manually or automatically through a PLC.
Case packer handles range of formats
The PMI HCP universal case packer can run wraparound, side-load and top-load cases; it can pack cases with inner or outer fifth flaps, as well as trays of product.
Soft grippers improve bin picking
Soft Robotics robotic end-of-arm grippers work in combination with commercial 3D vision sensors.
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