AICC, The Independent Packaging Association’s first virtual plant tour was a walkthrough of Dusobox in Orlando, Florida, with company President John Kelley. More than 360 registrants were able to watch the video tour of Dusobox’s 250,000-square-foot facility in Orlando and ask questions of Kelley, as well as featured suppliers. 

After a brief company history highlighting the achievement and Dusobox during their near 70 years of operation, the tour brought attendees through the company’s administrative office, highlighting their data analytics team, before moving on to showcase several of their design successes for displays and industrial packaging. 

After explaining their facility’s layout and the increased collaboration they have seen with their open floor plan, the tour moved on to the production floor. When Dusobox moved to its current facility in 2016, it focused on material flow and workflow. 

In the maintenance department, Kelley espoused the importance of maintenance, especially on high-tech machinery. Dusobox has achieved an uptime of 95 percent. Its system uses Artificial Intelligence to bring predictability to its maintenance plan. All parts data, electrical schematics and machine drawings have been digitized, so its team of five maintenance technicians can access the information wherever they are in the plant. 

Kelley then walked attendees through the ink kitchen and around the floor to see Dusobox’s five-color Gopfert, laminating section, autoplaten cutting and creasing area, specialty folder gluers. He ended the tour in the company’s digital space. 

Following the tour, breakout rooms were open to allow participants to ask Kelley questions and get more information from the suppliers highlighted in the video, which included Bobst, JB Machinery, Bahmuller, Gopfert, Poteet Printing Sytems, HP, Esko, and Kiwiplan. 

The tour was sponsored by Dusobox, HP, Kiwiplan, Poteet Printing Systems, and JB Machinery. 

AICC’s next virtual tour, Thursday, January 14, at 2:00 p.m. EST, will feature Wasatch Container. Founded in 1995, Wasatch Container is a premier custom packaging design and manufacturer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wasatch specializes in corrugated shipping boxes, retail boxes, point of purchase displays, foam fabrication, and wooden crates. 

The virtual tour will feature a video tour of the facility with time for questions from attendees. For more information on upcoming virtual plant tours and to register, visit www.AICCbox.org/VirtualTour.

Questions about the Virtual Plant Tour Series can be directed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at chuber@aiccbox.org or (703) 836-2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at lmihalick@aiccbox.org or (703) 836-2422.