Roundup: Five Success Traits for Industrial Packaging Providers, Pallet Return Device Eliminates Strain, Cardboard Pallet Certified

Pallet Return Device Introduced

Design provides safer handling without utilizing external energy sources.

Stoughton, WI—Automation Plus, a Division of CSF Incorporated has invented a new way to handle pallets, called the Pallet Return Device. (PRDTM) The PRDTM is designed to operate in distribution center pick modules and makes handling pallets (wood or plastic) safer and more efficient than current practices without using any outside energy source such as electricity or compressed air.

The PRDTM incorporates a unique method for stacking empty pallets. Currently, stacking pallets requires expensive machinery or intense manual labor (movements prone to injury). The PRDTM enables a new method, wherein the operator lifts the pallet over a pivot point thereby creating a mechanical advantage, removing the back strain associated with lifting pallets.

Not only is this a safer device for the operator, but it’s also more efficient for the forklift driver. The PRDTM uses a “carriage” to help guide the empty pallets. This feature produces a perfect stack every time, thereby eliminating the need for the fork truck driver to reshape the stack.

Additionally, pallets stacked neatly one atop the other removes the hazard associated with falling pallets. A falling pallet or dropped stack is rare, but when they do fall (particularly from high locations) it can be a dangerous situation.

A single pallet can weigh anywhere from 30 pounds to 70 pounds. The PRDTM incorporates a shock absorbing device that provides a smooth transition from the load position to the unload position. In use, the operator loads the carriage. When the carriage is full, the operator merely releases the load and lets the shock absorbing device safely guide the stack to a vertical (unload) position. Once positioned, the pallets are rolled forward to a raised outbound location which releases the pallets from the carriage. The operator then slides the carriage back, tilts it to the load position, and it’s ready to receive more empty pallets.

The Pallet Return Device will be on display at MODEX 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, April 4-7, 2016 at booth 4863.

The Five Success Traits for Industrial Packaging Providers

“There are five traits of higher-performing companies in the packaging manufacturing industry,” writes Lora Cecere in Top performing supply chains: Industrial packaging:
1) implementation of innovative business models for packaging design and artwork management;
2) data sharing (of manufacturing line schedules) with customers;
3) vendor-managed inventory programs with strategic suppliers;
4) high standards for packaging quality; and
5) excellence in supply chain execution systems.

“Companies performing well also have greater organizational alignment, and their commercial and operational teams work closely together,” she adds. “To accelerate sales, they have built supply chains for samples and small runs for test markets, and they work with their suppliers’ research and development teams. In these organizations, the commercial teams understand that winning and keeping business from consumer products customers requires strong supply chain support.”

Green Ox Pallet Receives USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Green Ox Pallet Technology, LLC has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Green Ox Pallet. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product or product family’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine ingredients.

“Receiving BioPreferred® certification is an important product distinction that will help Green Ox get our corrugated pallets in the hands of companies who not only want to save money but also the environment,” said Mike Mathews, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing.

All biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better-informed purchasing decisions.

“We are proud that Green Ox Pallet Technology, LLC has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label,” said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Deputy Program Manager. “Biobased products add value to renewable agriculture commodities, create jobs in rural communities and help our nation decrease its reliance on foreign-sourced and non-renewable petroleum.”

The label is estimated to be on certified products and available for consumers by March 1, 2016.