NX Case Study: Graham Packaging Company

Using NX CAE, Graham Packaging Company realized a number of bottom line-boosting benefits: The software decreased the time it takes to make mold changes from three minutes per cavity to one minute per cavity, reduced revisions to neck inserts from two or three to zero or one, decreased cycle time by 20 percent and saved six weeks of testing with just one week of simulation. 

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Need to reduce packaging weight without sacrificing performance

Use new materials for better recycling and sustainability

Meet challenging customer deadlines


Keys To Success:

Use NX CAE for structural, thermal and flow analyses

Gain acceptance of simulation from the rest of the organization

Ability to quickly edit imported geometry to prepare the model for simulation



Reduced cycle times by 20 percent

Saved $2 million by catching mistakes prior to manufacturing

Decreased mold cavity changeovers from 3 minutes to 1 minute

Reduced 6 weeks of testing to 1 week of simulation

Reduced neck inserts from 2 or 3 revisions to 0 or 1 revision



Consumer Products & Retail


Client’s Primary Business:

Graham Packaging Company, L.P. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of custom, blow-molded, rigid plastic containers. Graham employs a team of over 8,200 individuals, with 97 plants in 15 countries across North America, Europe, South America and Asia.







Client Location:

York, Pennsylvania
United States

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