Plastipak Packaging maximizes production uptime

With SAP and IBM

Published on 14 May 2012

The SAP and IBM combination enables Plastipak to deliver quality products to its customers on time, every time. Continuous production relies on system uptime, and the IBM Power servers running the i operating system give Plastipak the total availability we need.

Tony Fischer, Director of SAP Basis, Plastipak


Industrial Products

Deployment country
United States



Plastipak Packaging is an industrial leader in the design and manufacture of plastic rigid containers, and provides a ready supply of plastic containers for its large global network of customers. The company operates 17 manufacturing plants across the United States, as well as five plants in Europe and four in South America. The company employs approximately 4,800 people worldwide and has a 9.5 percent growth rate, with total annual sales exceeding $1.9 billion.

Business need
Plastipak produces more than 20 billion plastic containers a year at 26 manufacturing plants worldwide. Any manufacturing interruption can cause immediate backlogs, and it is essential to maintain total uptime for all production systems.

Plastipak upgraded to the latest version of SAP ERP software. The SAP applications run on an IBM Power 740 Express server utilizing the IBM i operating system and integrated IBM DB2 information management.

The new IBM Power 740 Express server and IBM i operating system keep uptime to a maximum, with Plastipak reporting only one hour of scheduled downtime in two years. Response times have been reduced by 21 percent across the company’s most used transactions. Improved overview of production has boosted efficiency and reduced waste.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

DB2 for i5/OS, IBM i

Power 740 Express

IBM-SAP Alliance

Business Integration, BA - Business Intelligence, Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Information Integration, Small & Medium Business

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