Beef Supplier Opts for PP Stack Nest Crates in Automated Conveyor Environment

Finest quality British beef producer, Dovecote Park, has chosen containers from Schoeller Allibert for its new cold storag facility in Stapleton, North Yorkshire.

Dovecote crate1The Dovecote Park beef processing facility receives  Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Highland and Welsh Black beef from more than 1,000 farm-assured producers across the country. As part of the development of its new cold store location, Dovecote Park was seeking a durable container to work with an automated material handling system designed by Van der Lande, which could also be easily stacked and stored when not in use.

“After extensive trials using a selection of Schoeller Allibert containers, we recommended our 180° Stack Nest tray,” explains Simon Knights, Schoeller Allibert Regional Sales Director – UK/Ireland. “Usually made of high density polyethylene (HDPE), we also specified that Dovecote’s containers should instead be manufactured from polypropylene (PP) for improved performance on automated conveyor systems.”

Schoeller Allibert supplied an initial 32,000 180° Stack Nest containers to Dovecote Park, all in red PP and featuring the customer logo to suit the design of the new facility which also incorporated blue mood lighting on the racking.

Dovecote crate3“Compatibility with our new automated handling and racking systems were key when selecting containers for the cold store,” adds Peter Boyes, Technical Manager of Dovecote Park. “As our usual retail returnable transit packaging (RTP) supplier, we approached Schoeller Allibert to run trials and their recommendation for 180° Stack Nest trays in PP has proved very successful.

“The trays run well through both the automated system and the tray washing equipment we have installed, which is essential with around 3,000 trays entering the system each day. The trays are barcoded for ease of identification and, where manual handling is required, have a wide, easy-grip hand-holds. Since our initial order we have requested an additional 2,000 180° Stack Nest trays to keep pace with demand.”

Featuring a smooth base and walls and manufactured to food-industry standards, the 180° Stack Nest container is ideally suited to the processing, storage and transport of meat and fresh produce. The containers stack when loaded and nest when empty by turning through 180°, giving the range its name, and is available in a bi-colour design to easily identify the correct position and prevent accidentally damaging contents by nesting while full. When nested, the container saves up to 70 per cent of space compared with stacking, maximising vehicle fill on the return journey and cutting down on the number of trips.

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