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Design data on the net

Smurfit-Stone Container has launched Design Bank - said to be a user friendly, fully searchable, web based packaging design database to dramatically improve cycle times for folding carton and corrugated packaging manufacturing.

Says James Davis, vp and general manager of Smurfit-Stone’s Corrugated Container Division: “We’ve been designing boxes for more than 70 years, so we have a great deal of knowledge. Yet, before, when designers retired or left, they took all those years of experience with them. Designers had to start from scratch every time they started new projects. Now, with Design Bank, a new guy on his first day is the best designer in the world, simply by virtue of working with us.”

Design Bank allows Smurfit-Stone sales, customer service, and packaging design staff all over the world to view, select, and download the production and usage attributes for hundreds of thousands of designs for boxes, cartons, carriers, point-of-purchase displays, and other board material constructions. The system is its proprietary version of WebCenter, Barco’s customizable packaging design library.