Filling and Packaging Industry Blog

Monday, May 29, 2006

Tetra Pack Beverage Packaging plans a 100 Million Euro Investment in Russia

Tetra Pack Beverage Packaging plans a
100 Million Euro Investment in Russia

Sweden´s Tetra Pak plans an investment of roughly 100 Million Euros for the constructin of a packaging material plant for it´s tetra pack packages in Russia. The plant is to be installed in Lobnya near Moscow this year, according to Natalya Sorokina, a spokeswoman of Tetra Pak Russia.

With its annual production capacity of 4 billion packaging units, the plant will be the largest in Russia and in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, she said.
Tetra Pak was established in Sweden in 1952. Tetra Pak's Russian and Belarusian subsidiary ZAO Tetra Pak was opened in 1994. The subsidiary is headquartered in Moscow and has offices in Minsk, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg.

In 2004 ZAO Tetra Pak sold over 4.5 billion packaging units.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

New Monitoring System for PET CSD Bottle Production

New Monitoring System for PET Bottle Poduction

There is a new monitring system for PET bottles blown for carbonated softdrinks (CSD) available on the market. ALPS (Air Logic Power Systems, LLC), the leading North American manufacturer of leak testing equipment for plastic container producers, is pleased to announce a new product introduction that will be on display at NPE Booth #8508.

The ALPS LeakMonitor is a valuable production monitoring tool designed for integration within two-step PET container blow molders. Proven applications include installations on Sidel, Krones and SIG blow molding machines.

The LeakMonitor uses a specially tuned ultrasonic sensor and acoustic waveguide to detect blow molder leakage during the molding process. The system is set up to track the position of each mold and eject corresponding bottles using the molder's internal reject mechanism.

The device doubles as an inspection system and predictive maintenance tool. Potentially leaking bottles are rejected, and personnel are alerted when mold-specific leakage is occurring during the blow molding process that may result in out-of-specification bottles.

The system has proven especially useful to monitor Carbonated Soft Drink (CSD) production with increased usage of Post Consumer Resin (PCR).

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Is Six Sigma Quality Worth The Price to Your Business?

Is Six Sigma Quality Worth the Price to Your Business?
by Tony Jacowski

The last few years have done wonders for demonstrating the power and potential offered by Six Sigma Quality, Motorola's now famous revolutionary business design strategy.

It is clear that it has become quite popular among many businesses who have undertaken the massive re-training and re-thinking of their policies and procedures in order to implement the whole new Six Sigma Quality way of functioning. What may be unclear to you is whether or not this sacrifice is worth it to your business. After all, it does take a great deal of time, effort, and often money in order to properly take on this new way of doing business.

The main issue that seems to be debated among businesspeople considering the implementation of Six Sigma Quality isn't whether or not it will work for them, but is rather whether it is a true long-term strategy or simply a fad that will soon be forgotten by those who did not use it, and loathed by those who made the change.

To assuage those fears, it is important to recognize that Six Sigma Quality is not like other business processes and strategies. In fact, when you really get down to it, it isn't truly anything new. What it is, is a capable, practical, and logical combination of many existing business and quality techniques that have withstood the test of time and shown themselves to be the leading methods for success. When properly combined, they become a new way of thinking, using existing individual elements whose structure and discipline have proven to obtain extremely desirable results.

Naturally, this is not to say that employing Six Sigma Quality will guarantee success for any business, however, when properly implemented with black belt training Six Sigma Quality has an exemplary track record for effective project resolutions in large and small companies alike.

If you are considering Six Sigma Quality for your business, you need to understand that it is not an easy or overnight implementation. It can be quite lengthy, but is considered by most to be well worth the effort once everything is in place and its potential starts to show its face. You'll add value to your existing initiatives with the knowledge that all of the necessary steps are in place for your business to reach its financial targets.

In the end, it is your decision to make. Six Sigma Quality is, after all, an extremely large step for a company to take, and only you know how, when, if, and in what way your business may adopt it. Your first step is to read as much as you can about Six Sigma - including information both for and against it - and to speak to a professional you trust to give you an honest opinion.

Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.

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