Roundup: The New K. Hartwall Repair Data System, Reusable Packaging Grants, Attached-Lid Success for Loadhog

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In addition to selling some of the most innovative containers in the market, K.Hartwall wishes to help its customers lower their total cost of ownership of load carriers. As such, it is introducing a new cloud-based Repair Data System.

Typically each year 10-20 percent of the fleet total value goes into repair & maintenance operations, sometimes meaning hundreds of thousands of euros spent per annum.repair-data-system-picture

By gathering data from all support sites and carefully analyzing repair activities, customers are much better able to understand the actual costs of their fleet upkeep, budget resources, and manage spare parts. The additional benefits include the ability to optimize fleet composition and size as well as to educate personnel to handle the equipment more efficiently.

K. Hartwall states that its Repair Data System is a simple, easy to learn the cloud-based solution. All that is needed is the scanner and a tablet that K. Hartwall provides.

The system will gather all relevant repair information with minimum effort and cost, including user and unit identification, timestamp, repair actions performed and spare parts used. Spare part stock levels can also be monitored and automatically updated within the system.

To gather this information, just scan the correct bar codes from a pre-defined list of all repair activities and spare parts, which is quick and intuitive and minimizes human error. Data is automatically sent to the cloud, providing real-time visibility of management information in the form of reports including usage of a certain spare part or to all the repairs done for a particular type of equipment in selected period.

Key user benefits of the K. Hartwall Repair Data System:

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Real-time access to reports and database of repair activities
  • Cost-efficient
  • Reliable

Increased visibility over your operations means increased control and lower cost.

Source: K. Hartwall

Use Reusables grants up to $5,000 now available

If you ship goods within or to Alameda County, California, you may be eligible for funding. Use Reusables is offering grants of up to $5,000 per approved business or institution for the purchase of reusable transport packaging. A total of $25,000 in funding is available. Applications are due no later than October 31, 2016. Submissions will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis until grant funds are expended, so apply early to maximize your chances for funding.

What Projects are Eligible?

To be eligible for a Use Reusables mini-grant you must be an incorporated private company, non-profit organization, public agency, or institution and in compliance with all U.S. federal, state and local land use, regulatory and permit requirements. Projects of all sizes will be considered. To be eligible, your project must:

  1. Replace single- or limited-use transport packaging with durable materials designed for at least 50 uses under normal circumstances, such as:
    1. Durable pallets or bins
    2. Reusable pallet-wrap, bands or belts
    3. Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs)
    4. Or other reusable transport packaging solutions such as reusable dunnage;
  2. Be implemented within six months of application; and
  3. Fit one of the following descriptions:
    1. The project demonstrates the ability to prevent transport packaging waste in Alameda County during project implementation
    2. The project demonstrates that the materials/products being shipped in the transport packaging have an end destination in Alameda County.

Award requests from $500 up to a maximum of $5,000 will be considered. Grant monies can be used to purchase reusable transport packaging materials / equipment.

How Do I Apply?

Review the grant application packet and submit your completed application. There is no specific deadline. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis, until all grant funds are expended. For more information, please email Reusables@StopWaste.Org.

Source: Stopwaste.org

The Loadhog Attached Lid Container Proves A Box Office Hit In The Market

Loadhog Limited, the award-winning reusable packaging manufacturer, has seen significant growth of sales across Europe since the release of its innovative Attached Lid Container range in 2015.

The Sheffield-based, 100 percent employee-owned company has strengthened its industry position by offering this well-designed, robust product which is backed up by short lead times and competitive pricing.

Loadhog used its experience and knowledge of supply chains to design the Attached Lid Container which is intended to last longer and reduce damage levels, through its inventive lid and hinge. Only 18 months since its launch, Loadhog’s ever-increasing retail and industrial customers are already enjoying the benefits of the product’s impressive features by seeing their replacement volumes falling.

“The marketplace has responded extremely well to Loadhog’s Attached Lid Container, commented Matthew Payne, retail sales manager. “Its advanced design, in addition to the dedicated service that the company offers, gives us an impressive competitive edge.”

Loadhog’s success has driven the need for five additional Europe-based sales staff within the last 12 months, together with the opening of a new facility in France, with more expansion set to follow.

The success of the container range has opened new opportunities and increased sales of Loadhog’s established supply chain solutions, which provide customers with significant increases in labour efficiency and vehicle fill, while in some cases completely removing supply chain consumable costs.

On some occasions, the company has been recognised within the industry by winning multiple awards, including a Queen’s Award for Innovation for one of its products. This year, Loadhog has been shortlisted at the IMHX D4S awards for its ‘2016 Design 4 Safety Award’.

With its dedicated in-house Ideas and Innovation department, Loadhog provides services for the development of custom solutions for supply chains and automation companies. At this year’s IMHX, Loadhog is offering the opportunity to see its range of products and better understand their capabilities. Also, a free consultation with one of Loadhog’s supply chain specialists can be arranged to explore how Loadhog can reduce costs for material handling operations.

Visit Loadhog Limited at IMHX 2016 in hall nine on stand 9E41.

Source: Loadhog

Craemer Introduces CS Pallet

Craemer UK is one of the leading developers and manufacturers of high-quality plastic pallets, containers and wheelie bins. At IMHX in Birmingham (13 – 16 September 2016), the company will present the CS pallet, the latest addition to the plastic pallet portfolio.

The new CS plastic pallet is available in euro and industrial size and rounds off the existing product range. With their welded runners, CS plastic pallets deliver a particularly convincing performance in automated warehouse systems. The almost completely closed top deck facilitates easy handling of bagged goods, cardboard packaging, and other packed goods.

Next to the presentation of the newest portfolio member, Craemer UK will also have a wide selection of other plastic pallets as well as various container solutions for different applications on display.

Interested visitors are cordially invited to visit the Craemer UK stand in hall 9, stand C34.