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Unit_9_-_Food_and_Beverage_Packaging (5)

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9.11.4 Available Packaging Machinery If a package is going to be run on machines, the designers will usually select package forms and materials that can be filled and closed by existing machines or which minimize the requirement for purchasing new equipment. New packaging machines can be a major expense. A high speed aluminum can beverage line, such as used by a soft drink or beer company, costs up to $25 million to install and put into operation. Slower equipment, such as the wrappers 9.11.3 Packaging Labor Requirements Designers must consider labor requirements when selecting packaging. Some packages can be filled and closed by machines while other options require hand labor. Each can be an appropriate solution in particular situation. For example, a high volume product would be difficult and expensive to package by hand, and a small manufacturer could not afford to use a package that must be handled by machine. Frequently, there are also corporate policies that affect labor use. If a company is restricting employment for some reason, the designers might
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Unformatted text preview: have to select packaging that can be run on automatic machines, but if the company has a policy of maximizing employment for some other reason, it might be appropriate to select packaging which requires more hand operations. 9.11.2 Package Materials and Form Options Package designers must work with the set of available package forms, materials, and costs. Generally, to save money and time, designers try to apply packages that are similar to those used for other products, making minor changes in shape, size, and label information. This is why several manufacturers will often use a similar package, distinguishing only by labels, closures, or colors. In fact, the competing products are frequently packaged in the same factory, on the same equipment. Examples of products handled this way are granular sugar and fruit juice, particularly apple and cranberry based products. 9. 14...
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