Case Study: Wolverine Packing Co.
Wolverine Packing Co. faced two issues on its customer lines: packaging pinholes created by auto case packers and palletizers and, secondarily, sealing issues for products with marinades.
The ABX team had two problems to solve: quickly identifying and substituting a better-performing film that could be used on the line without delay, even while Wolverine switched to a supplier—ABX—that offered this new, high-quality packaging film. In addition, the team needed to ensure that film was robust enough to solve the pinhole issue that occurred with auto case packers and palletizers.
Using deep material, product, and machine knowledge, 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 an Ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer, or EVOH. EVOH has exceptional barrier properties. But not only did the film need to be developed and manufactured, but an alternate sealant needed to be matched to this film. This new sealant had a lower seal initiation for a green bond with liquid applications—like the marinades that had been leaking previously. Read about the results on our case study.
“My experience in customizing solutions along with ABX has been great. Their patient approach and priority to being dependable was well received here at Wolverine Packing.”
Jakeb Brooks, Senior Project Manager, Wolverine Packing Co.