Key to a solution for this issue was a depth of knowledge. First, the ABX team mobilized its technical team to analyze the existing supplier’s film used for the products in question. The Wolverine team required that any film recommendations work on their lines immediately; disruption of production while switching to a new supplier was not an option.
While ABX had no prior relationship with Wolverine, what the ABX team did have was a deep understanding of the equipment Wolverine used to package their products. Additionally, one ABX team member in particular had a historic knowledge of the machine. This knowledge meant that any issue or feature of the machines themselves was taken into account while creating a workable product solution. In short, ABX expertise provided an additional layer of guidance to ensure a correct, workable solution could be found quickly.
ABX’s technical team engineered a custom solution. In this case, the solution was a “one-off,” customized film made from a new formulation of EVOH with exceptional barrier properties. In addition to the custom EVOH, an improved sealant also had to be developed providing for a lower seal initiation allowing for sealing through liquids, and eliminating leakers.
Not only did Wolverine get a timely fix to this crucial issue, but it was also able to deliver on promises of superior shelf life for its meat products.
Wolverine’s packing lines continued to move continuously as the new formulation also ran exceptionally well.
Additionally, the rework bin quantity was reduced to a fraction of normal amounts, ensuring the packing line ran as efficiently as possible with the highest quality.
ABX’s unmatched expertise and product and equipment knowledge meant that a custom solution could be achieved quickly. This holistic approach and understanding of both materials and machines meant that ABX could understand and pinpoint any potential issues or shortcomings.
ABX’s efficient and effective solution allowed Wolverine to keep moving and keep their promises to their customers regarding their own dependability, service, and quality.
After ABX engineered a working solution, it delivered on its promises with on-time deliveries of its products and ongoing support. As ABX proved it could deliver when it mattered most, a new, long-lasting partnership between the two companies was formed.
From distinctive design to maximum performance, the ABX team will work with you from start to finish for a winning packaging solution. We’re dedicated to helping you find the effective and sustainable packaging solution that works for you. Let’s innovate together. Contact us to learn more.