Finalists for MH&L’s Innovation Awards were selected from among the stories run in the magazine and online during the course of 2012. American Packaging is a finalist in the MAKE category from the story, “Labor and Packaging: Prime Cuts for Lean Manufacturers,”
In the story, Jon Smick, Finishing Manager for American Packaging Corporation shares why APC chose to purchase two automated pallet trucks (GP8s) to transport materials 24 hours a day.
“Waste is when I have an operator sitting on a forklift and driving back and forth when they don’t need to,” said Smick. “It’
Smick went on to say APC looked at automation alternatives like automated guided vehicles and robots. Robots won out. With APC using robots to move product, they were able to disperse their labor force to more value-added activities.
One winner will be selected from each of the four categories: MAKE, STORE, MOVE and COMPETE. The winners will be announced in the December issue of Material Handling & Logistics.
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About American Packaging:
American Packaging Corporation is an integrated flexible packaging converter that services the Food, Beverage, Medical, Personal Care, Household, Pet Food, Agricultural Chemical, Lawn & Garden and other Specialty markets. American Packaging Corporation is committed to providing the highest levels of quality, service, innovation and technical support to its customers.
Our capabilities include 10 color rotogravure & 10 color flexographic printing, adhesive & extrusion laminating, heat seal and cold seal coating and preformed pouches and bags with a variety of special features.
About Material Handling and Logistics:
Material Handling & Logistics helps companies build and manage world-class supply chains—to make, store, move and compete more effectively. It is written exclusively for mangers who oversee supply chain, logistics and material handling across America’s manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors.
To help MH&L’s readers keep their knowledge up-to-date, the magazine’s content is enhanced by an Editorial Advisory Board made up of professionals from academia, business associations, project management, military, logistics and the readership itself. They work with MH&L’s editors to plan in-print and online content as well as in-person events.