GE Fanuc Case Study - New Parents Save Time and Money with PBM's Melt-Phase Baby Bottle Liners with Help from GE

  • May 05, 2004
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New Parents Save Time and Money with PBM’s Melt-Phase Baby Bottle Liners with Help from GENEWPORT NEWS, Va. May 5, 2004 When preparing to feed a hungry baby, one of the last things a tired parent wants to see is precious pumped breast milk or warmed formula leaking from the bottle liner. Not only can it mean taking the time to start the process over again but also wastes food and feeding supplies for the baby. Fortunately, this Mother’s Day, PBM Plastics and GE have made sure that one liner will do the trick with the innovative Melt-Phase forming process. In fact, feeding a baby is easier, faster and more cost effective with Melt-Phase formed baby bottle liners that are dependable enough to help move along even those late night feedings when mom, dad and baby all want to go back to sleep. In addition, PBM Plastics has extended its new Melt-Phase forming technology into the Medical, Industrial, Consumer, Food, and Beverage industries. Launching an innovative website at that allows customers to interact virtually with the new technology, PBM shows some of the revolutionary product developments driven by Melt-Phase forming.Formula for SuccessLeak-proof liners from PBM Plastics offer parents an easy, sterile method of feeding their babies. Additionally, the liners minimize the chance that a baby will swallow air while nursing – which helps to decrease upset stomachs and unhappy babies. And, the best part about the PBM liners is that they provide equal or better quality to families at 20 percent less cost.Manufacturing plays a key role in liner quality and cost effectiveness, and PBM recently implemented enhancements to its plant processes. According to Adam Burke, president of PBM Plastics, the company was looking for new ways to increase cycle time, throughput, and uptime on three of its Melt-Phase forming machines. “We wanted an automation solution that would accurately collect downtime data for faster troubleshooting and improved productivity,” Burke says. “We also needed faster control technology to properly handle machine components and drive down manufacturing costs even more.” With the help of Charlottesville, Va.-based GE Fanuc Automation, a unit of GE Infrastructure, PBM designed and installed a complete machine-retrofit solution that features state-of-the-art automation software and hardware. With three thermoforming retrofits completed, PBM has virtually eliminated troubleshooting time and has already experienced a 60 percent increase in machine productivity and a 20 percent savings on cycle times. The new system has also drastically reduced training time with an interface that is as easy to use as the Internet. “The GE automation solution helps us keep our costs down, so we can provide quality and value to parents,” Burke explains. “It is also helping us meet the productivity and volume goals that keep our customers satisfied as we expand into new segments. We are pleased that so many different types of companies, from various industries, are now asking for our help designing products that were previously thought impossible to make. Our technology can now process virtually any plastic including commodity, engineering, amorphous, and crystalline materials. With new Melt-Phase solutions from accordion designs to innovative lids, Melt-Phase forming is creating a host of new plastic options for our customers, and our GE controls have the flexibility and precision to support our changing needs.”In independent testing, PBM patented Melt-Phase liners outperformed conventionally made products in every significant test. With quality combined with 20 percent savings for new parents in these leak-proof liners, there won’t be any crying over spilt milk this Mother’s Day.About PBM PlasticsPBM Plastics, located in Newport News, Va., is the technology leader in the manufacturing of thin wall, deep draw thermoformed plastics. The company's patented Melt Phase Forming system is the most economical and effective plastic container manufacturing system available. About GE Fanuc AutomationGE Fanuc Automation, a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan, delivers automation hardware and software designed to help users reduce costs, increase efficiency and enhance profitability. With solutions and services catering to virtually every industrial segment, GE Fanuc Automation provides a diverse array of capabilities and products, including controllers, embedded systems, advanced software, motion control, CNCs, operator interfaces, industrial computers, and lasers. Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, GE Fanuc Automation is a part of GE Infrastructure and combines the diverse global strengths of the GE family with the local presence customers need to design, develop and maintain their automation investments. For more information, visit or contact: GE Fanuc Information Center, P.O. Box 8106, Charlottesville, VA 22906, Phone: (800) GE FANUC, Fax: 434-978-5205, e-mail:

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