Roundup: PECO Pallet Gains Traction at Canadian Tire, Craemer Releases Virginia Tech Results, Cambridge Security Seals Adds Manufacturing Expert Kris Hedstrom

PECO Pallet Gains Traction at Canadian Tire Stores

PECO Pallet, Inc. has added Canadian Tire to its growing list of authorized distributors in Canada. Canadian and U.S. companies can now ship their products on PECO’s high-quality wood block pallets into all Canadian Tire locations. Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) has been serving Canadian customers for over 90 years, providing almost 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets across Canada. Founded in 1922, the company remains one of Canada’s most recognized and trusted brands.

PECO Pallet rents its sturdy red pallets to leading grocery and consumer goods manufacturers, who use them to ship products throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. PECO’s block pallet design allows for true four-way forklift entry, so pallets can be stacked and transported more efficiently. Empty pallets are picked up and returned to a PECO depot, where they are inspected, cleaned, and repaired as needed before being reissued to ensure consistent pallet quality.

Lisa Vegso, General Manager, Canada for PECO Pallet, stated, “We are very proud to partner with Canadian Tire Retail, which has a long history of providing world-class service to its customers throughout Canada. PECO’s unwavering commitment to quality and service will enable Canadian Tire and its vendors to improve efficiencies and reduce costs throughout the supply chain.”


Craemer Plastic Pallet Testing Reveals Outstanding Performance and Potential Savings of 75% Per Trip

Craemer plastic pallets have been quality-tested by the established US material handling testing facilities at Virginia Tech. Two different plastic pallet types were selected from the enterprise’s product portfolio for intensive FasTrack testing. The established testing protocol simulates daily unit load material handling practices. The results underscore the quality, durability, and cost effectiveness of Craemer pallets, stated the company.

The accelerated life simulation test developed by the Virginia Tech Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design assesses pallet durability and economics by simulating daily material handling situations. This test includes static transport and shipping simulations, palletizing, handling on roller conveyors or pallet jacks as well as different storage situations. The selection of simulations depends on the pallet style, as the style determines its real-life use. A visual inspection and detailed documentation of any damage follow each completed loop.

The loops are repeated until pallet failure is determined. Failure is determined according to the guidelines of the ISO 18613-2003 standard for perimeter-based pallets.

The number of cycles a pallet survives without loss of functionality provides reliable data about its durability and robustness. Both tested Craemer pallet types survived an above-average number of loops. The lightweight D3-5 ECO distribution pallet completed 36 cycles; the heavy-duty CR3-5 ECO delivered an outstanding performance with an average of 110 survived FasTrack cycles. Four out of the ten tested CR3-5 ECO pallets never failed, thus testing was ceased after 120 cycles. In comparison: a GMA wood pallet survives an average of 5 cycles.

Craemer stated that a simple calculation of cost per pallet and number of trips reveals potential savings of up to 75% per trip on pallet costs when switching from standard GMA wood pallets to high-quality Craemer plastic pallets, while facilitating smooth material handling processes that minimize product and equipment damage.

Alexander Korell, Area Sales Manager at Craemer, is more than satisfied with the Virginia Tech results. “The FasTrack results unambiguously demonstrate how worthwhile the switch from wood to Craemer plastic pallets can be, not just for daily operations but most importantly from an economic perspective,” said Korell.

Cambridge Security Seals Adds Manufacturing Expert Kris Hedstrom to Accelerate Multi-Phase Expansion

Industrial Production Executive Enhances Manufacturing Expertise of Rapidly Growing Tamper-Evident Seals Company

Kris Hedstrom

Kris Hedstrom

Cambridge Security Seals (CSS), a global leader in tamper-evident seals and security solutions, has announced the addition of Kris Hedstrom to oversee production and spearhead the company’s manufacturing expansion. Hedstrom, who was previously Manager of Design Engineering & Advanced Technology at Maytag Appliances and Director of Engineering and Technology for Polymer Technologies, brings to the company an extensive manufacturing background focused on product and line design, lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma methodologies.

“The addition to the CSS team of such a recognized manufacturing expert as Kris is further testament to our commitment to our customers and the industry,” stated Brian Lyle, President of Cambridge Security Seals. “Kris’s broad knowledge, experience, and leadership are the perfect fit for CSS as we continue to expand our production capacity and enhance our industry-leading manufacturing processes.”

Cambridge Security Seals is one of America’s most rapidly growing private companies, as ranked by Inc. Magazine. CSS credits its customer-centric philosophy and high-performance products for its nearly 500% 3-year growth rate.

“I am excited to join CSS and contribute to such an innovative company’s demand-driven expansion,” declared Hedstrom.  “The CSS team of manufacturing and engineering professionals is extraordinary, with a collective product and industry knowledge that truly elevates the company.  More than anything else, CSS’s commitment to its customers and enhancing their seal procurement experience is something that resonates with me, and inspires me each and every day.”

Earlier in his career, Hedstrom served as the Industrial Design Manager at Big Ass Fans and as Global Director of Innovation at CHEP Equipment Pooling Systems.

According to Lyle, “Kris is joining the CSS team at the perfect time, and is the ideal professional to lead the simultaneous expansion and enhancement of our manufacturing capabilities.”

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