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  • BW Container Systems Continues to Flourish in Robotics

    by Donna Wolfe | Jul 11, 2017
    “As I look on our production floor I’m filled with pride and excitement”, expressed Daniel LoRusso, Business Unit Director at our Loveland Manufacturing facility. We started our robotic journey humbly and over the years we’ve grown our experience and refined our designs. Now we have robotics systems that are capable of palletizing 16 SKUs in a freezer environment standing next to multi-robot case orientation cells.
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  • BW Container Systems - Poised for Global Growth

    by Donna Wolfe | Jul 10, 2017
    Earlier this year Pete Carlson, President of BW Container Systems announced the promotion of two industry veterans to lead the entirety of its Global commercial activities. Eric Collier was named Vice President of Sales - Americas, and Scott Smith was named Vice President of Sales - Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. “Both Eric and Scott have demonstrated their ability to lead our growth in strategic, non-beverage markets since joining our team. Their ability to grow not only our business, but also our team members in alignment with our People-centric culture gives me great confidence in their ability to lead each and every commercial aspect of our organization. Their strategic focus and proven ability to listen, understand and align our client’s needs will allow us to deliver innovative solutions, to grow our business and to further gain customer trust," says Carlson.
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  • Automated Pallet Unwrapping: Safety and Loss Drive Unique End-Effector Robotic Solution

    by Donna Wolfe | Feb 17, 2017
    BW Container Systems was approached by one of the most well-known beverage producers in Taiwan. This client has been in operation since 1925. At the time they approached BW Container Systems, the client had a unique challenge. They were manually unbagging and unwrapping bagged and wrapped pallet loads of product. The fact that this client was receiving pallets that were bagged and wrapped presented a real challenge to the operation. This was a time consuming process and, at times, a dangerous one. They needed an unbagger/unwrapper solution that would handle both formats without damaging their product.
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  • BW Container Systems Travels to the Edge of the World...and We’re Taking You With Us!!!!

    by Donna Wolfe | Jan 09, 2017
    When you work with BW Container Systems, you can bet they’ll go to the “ends of the earth” to solve your packaging challenges. Literally. Click the video to watch as BW Container Systems’ Scott Smith takes you on a journey to see innovative robotic solutions in one of the most beautiful, remote and treacherous parts of the world. BW Container Systems recently made the 30-hour long journey over snow-capped mountain tops, green foothills and bright blue waters, to visit Trident, one of the largest seafood companies in the U.S. The company’s main processing operation is located in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands, and if you’ve watched television shows like the Deadliest Catch, you know that the fishing grounds around the Aleutian Islands really are the end of the earth. We decided to document the journey itself, as well as the innovative robotic technology that enables Trident to palletize 21 SKUs at a time and ensures that Trident team members have to spend as little time in the freezer as possible. This solution was accomplished with BW Container Systems’ technology consisting of three very innovative robotic palletizer systems utilizing a unique rotary design.
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  • Robotic Automation

    by Donna Wolfe | Oct 11, 2016
    BW Container Systems Robotics Video
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  • BW Container Systems Poised for Continued EMEA Growth

    by Donna Wolfe | Aug 30, 2016
    BW Container Systems is continuing to invest in the EMEA market and has recently asked two experienced team members to lead focused sales teams in that region, with a goal to continue the company's growth in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Nick Birkin has been named Director of Beverage Sales - EMEA for BW Container Systems. Nick has a strong Beverage background, and he has found great success with companies such as Coca-Cola and InBev throughout the world. Scott Smith, Director of Global Business Development & Strategic Marketing for BWCS, will add leadership of Strategic Sales – EMEA to his responsibilities.
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  • Jennifer Abella named Vice President, People

    by Donna Wolfe | Aug 30, 2016
    Pete Carlson, President of BW Container Systems, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer Abella to Vice President, People, effective immediately. “Jennifer’s consistent focus on the development and growth of our people and culture has been an integral element of our success,” said Carlson.
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  • BW Container Systems Aftermarket Team

    by Donna Wolfe | Jun 06, 2016
    Tom Zapotosky, Director - Aftermarket Americas, addresses his role and his team’s role within the company, as well as their focus when it comes to aftermarket sales. “BW Container Systems is one of the Packaging Platform companies under Barry-Wehmiller and our umbrella consists of Fleetwood, Goldco, Wyard, AMBEC, Jetstream, Acme, Simplimatic and many others. We are in 150 countries and we have over 10,000 machine footprints out there. So, that’s a huge market to pursue. One of our goals is to make sure that our equipment is running efficiently on the packaging line and another is to make sure that it is operating safely.
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  • Meet Pete Carlson

    by Donna Wolfe | Jan 28, 2016
    2015 saw a change in leadership at BW Container Systems. After 12 years with the organization and after serving in numerous leadership positions, Pete Carlson was named President of the organization. Former BWCS President, Neal McConnellogue, was named President of Barry Wehmiller’s largest division, BW PaperSystems. We sat down with Pete to meet the man behind the Vision (and to see how the transition is progressing) Q. What does it mean to you to lead BW Container Systems? I feel very humbled and honored to work alongside our 522 team members worldwide. I am also blessed to have an experienced leadership team that embraces our people-centric culture and together we have crafted a vision for a better future.
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  • In the Buff with Don Steeber

    by Donna Wolfe | Nov 06, 2015
    “In the Buff” is an opportunity for Don to ’get real’ and talk candidly about a subject on which he is recognized as a Global thought leader…..buffering and accumulation. Don’t worry, he does it with his shirt on. Q. Don, some consider you the creator of modern day buffering and accumulation, what drove you to develop these solutions? Back in the 1980’s I was vice president of operations of one of largest Coke packers in the United States. While there, I recognized a need for mechanized accumulation systems because (at that time) it was being done by human beings, hand stacking, that sort of thing. I found that I had – my very, very, most important and best people doing a menial task and while they were doing that, they were not doing their important task, quality checks and running their machines.
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  • The World is Flat

    by Donna Wolfe | Nov 06, 2015
    For centuries, it was assumed that the World was flat. Through the diligent work of scholars and mathematicians, aided in no small part by Discoverer Christopher Columbus, it was ultimately determined that the Earth is indeed round. For the modern Packaging World, the reverse has come true. For over a decade, many of the most popular accumulation solutions were round (and tall), so it was widely assumed that the “buffering and accumulation” segment of the Packaging World was round. However, through the work of efficiency-seeking, safety-conscious packaging professionals and a modern day Discoverer, it has been determined that the best method of buffering and accumulation is ultimately....Flat.
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