Pallets an Integral Component of Automated Material Handling Systems

Forget pallets at your peril when designing automated systems. Better performance and substantial cost savings can be achieved through integrated design. Ralph Rupert, manager of unit load technology for Millwood Inc., spoke on the topic, ‘Pallet Performance in Automated Storage Systems’ at ProMat 2017. Millwood is a national pallet supplier … [Read more...]

Reusables Drive the Trifecta of Benefits for Sustainability, Says RPA’s Tim Debus

Reusable packaging offers sustainability benefits and supports the circular economy; e-commerce is an exciting new frontier   Tim Debus, President and CEO of the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), gave a presentation on the topic, ‘Reusable Packaging for a Sustainable Supply Chain’ at ProMat 2017's Sustainability Theater, … [Read more...]

Reducing Reusable Packaging Losses Using Smart Logistics

'Why is a beer truck here to pick up our old computers?' and other reports from the frontline.  ReturnCenter offers tips for efficient reverse logistics of reusable packaging.   Shawn Stockman, director of business solutions for ReturnCenter, talked about the company’s website and services as well as customer case histories. The … [Read more...]

Corrugated Plastic Cartons Drive Down Packaging Costs

The reuse of corrugated plastic boxes makes sense where the regular return of corrugated boxes is feasible.  Payback typically in the first year if used once per month.   Fred Dowd, president of Texas-based Technology Container Corp., gave a brief presentation at ProMat 2017 on how his company’s corrugated plastic containers can … [Read more...]

Returnable Packaging and Automation

Best practices for integrating reusable packaging with automated manufacturing and storage systems. Industry insider emphasizes the importance of a direct line of communication between the automation supplier and the reusable packaging provider. Mike Chiado, President of Americas for the Utz Group’s U.S. affiliate, George Utz Inc. USA gave a … [Read more...]

ORBIS Explores the Benefits of Plastic Pallets for Food Processing Applications

ORBIS reps promote benefits of plastic pallets from a food industry perspective at Promat 2017, including hygiene, automation compatibility and more. Two representatives of ORBIS Corporation, which manufactures reusable plastic packaging, including pallets, spoke on the topic, ‘Selecting the Right Hygienic Pallet for Your Food Processing … [Read more...]

Trends Impacting IBC Design and Pooling

Intermediate bulk container (IBC) manufacturers and poolers are seeing new trends driven primarily from manufacturing competition and developments affecting the industries they serve.  Packaging Revolution recently spoke with Justin Bean, a Business Development Manager at Reusable Transport Packaging, and Drew Merrill, the Vice President and … [Read more...]