In the packaging world, protecting a product’s integrity is priority one. That’s why we spend so much time and energy on innovation. Over the years, our engineering and manufacturing teams have developed innovative processes that allow our customers’ products to taste fresh and consistent off the shelf. Our commercial and marketing teams have developed innovative products that help our customers distinguish their brands with inventive, functional and eye-catching cans.
Our innovation centers around the world are equipped to meet customer needs with a primary focus on developing innovative products efforts, maximizing efficiency and accelerating the pace of package development.
The Edmund F. Ball Technology & Innovation Center (BTIC) in Westminster, Colorado, was originally dedicated in 1985, remodeled in 1997 and expanded in 2011 to accommodate Ball’s metal packaging research labs and the Graphics Center of Excellence (GCOE). The 73,000-square-foot facility centralizes our metal can product development and metal decorating services, offering the full strength of Ball’s innovation, graphics, engineering and research capabilities in one location. The center allows us to integrate our new product development initiatives, as well as support continuing technology advancements in existing processes and products.
With industry-leading platemaking equipment for conventional, computer-to-plate, and laser-engraved DLE (Stork) plates, Ball has doubled its plate shop's capacity and offers customers various printing techniques, including Eyeris™ Enhanced Graphics, dry offset, high definition, matte and thermochromic printing.
We also have a unique pilot line with continuous flow printing and a “vision system” that applies customer-approved standards so imperfect cans are automatically detected and rejected during pilot production. The facility features a customer lounge with a SmartBoard/60-inch LCD panel, special lighting and paint so our customers can see true colors.
Additional BTIC resources include:
- Package design and rendering capabilities
- An environmental room for testing products in various temperatures and humidities that may be encountered in transport and regional sales
- A Failure Analysis team of forensic packaging experts to investigate consumer issues regarding packaging and product and identify root causes