U.S. Postal Pallet Theft Captured on Video
A video has been released in conjunction with a Postal Service sting operation at a postal facility in White Plains, New York. An independent truck driver, who had access to pallets, was selling them to a plastic recycling operation. Postal investigators arranged to make a buy from driver, going to the extent of renting a Ryder truck so that he could pick up the pallet at the White Plains plant.
Read more, and check out the video at this link: http://postalnews.com/blog/2015/09/03/video-postal-service-uses-sting-to-counter-pallet-thefts/
U.S. Air Force Saves with Reusable Container Program
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS The Reusable Container Program is an Air Force initiative designed to provide superior protection to aircraft components in storage and transport, as well as to deliver cost savings through reuse, according to a recent Dyess Air Force Base feature. Staff Sgt. Tony Thomas says the program includes a mix of industrial grade cardboard boxes, wooden crates and hard plastic with latches. A majority of containers are custom made for specific parts. With millions of dollars of mission critical equipment involved, product protection is paramount. As part of the revamped program, Airmen are trained with respect to proper container handling techniques, as well as in the reporting of missing or damaged containers. An annual awareness training program has also been created.
“A well-working, up-to-date program is a great thing,” Thomas is quoted as saying. “It’s like preventative maintenance for the parts. The containers are far cheaper to replace than the parts themselves. It will cost a little bit to get the program up to par, yeah, but it will potentially save millions of dollars in damages each year.” Containers can be used in a range from 2 to 20 times before replacement, depending upon the container construction and application. “It’s another way the Air Force saves a lot of money by spending just a little,” Thomas concludes.
RLT & Associates Sponsors Coffee Service at PACK EXPO Las Vegas
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, has announced that RLT & Associates (Booth S-6656) will return as sponsor, and this year represents the sole sponsor, of the morning coffee service for exhibitors and attendees at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 28-30; Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas).
“This is a big show and there’s a lot of ground to cover,” says Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI. “The morning coffee service will definitely help people get off to a great start as they explore the show floor.”
The coffee service will be available every day of the show in the South and Central Hall Lobbies while supplies last, starting at 8:30 a.m.
“We are excited to be a part of PACK EXPO once again and appreciate the opportunity to help each conference attendee start their day with a hot cup of coffee,” says Rob Taylor, founder and CEO of RLT & Associates, a packaging, material handling, and storage/warehousing company located in Shelby Township, Michigan.
“This service is a token of our appreciation for our peers and customers who we look forward to seeing in Las Vegas in September,” says Taylor, whose global company is known industry-wide as a facilitator of change.
PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 is co-located with Pharma EXPO 2015, a joint venture from PMMI and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). The two shows have over 800,000 net square feet of combined exhibit space and are expected to attract 30,000 processing and packaging professionals and more than 2,000 exhibiting companies.
Registration is $30 through Sept. 14, when it increases to $100. Register for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO at www.packexpolasvegas.com.
Polytec Expands Production for RPCs
Polytec www.polytec-group.com) is installing nine new injection molding machines at its plant in Ebensee, Austria. The project includes automation engineering for a total of 14 production lines at the facility.
The aim of the project is to provide RPCs for IFCO. Upon completion, the company will be producing one crate every two seconds. First production is scheduled for September. The company’s existing core business is automotive.