How plastic layer pads make production processes efficient and flexible
Cartonplast Group (CPL) offers Europe’s most successful outsourcing transportation system with plastic layer pads (PLPs) on a rental basis for glass, cans and PET containers. The following CPL best practice examples provide insights into the practice of the work processes of two different companies and show concrete and positive changes. What works well for one can also work well for the other! The examples serve as a suggestion for companies looking for solutions to similar production problems. In addition, they will illustrate the comparison of traditional cardboard layer pads used to transport glass, cans and PET containers and promote and increase the use of CPL plastic layer pads in as many companies as possible, highlighting the value of the CPL service model to potential customers.
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“Move to plastic” at the beverage manufacturer Halewood International
The “Move to plastic” project at Halewood International, the largest independent manufacturer of beverages in Great Britain, was a collaborative initiative with the glass suppliers. The aim in this particular case was to reduce waste at the location, and in return to increase the number of recyclable items. 80% of the container glass products are now transported on PLPs – cardboard intermediate layers are now only used in certain individual cases. The PLPs for the transportation of the glass products to the beverage manufacturer are provided, collected free of charge and reprocessed by CPL-UK. In this way, Halewood can focus on the manufacture and delivery of its high-quality beverage products.
Major changes have also resulted in the operating processes. Due to the reduced use of cardboard intermediate layers, savings have been achieved regarding both time and personnel, who were usually deployed for sorting of the cardboard waste material. The sorting and recycling of damaged PLPs is now organised through CPL-UK, and Halewood does not incur any disposal costs.
Julian Galsworthy, Vendor Scheduling Manager at Halewood International, based in the United Kingdom, confirms the efficiency of the system: “Our production processes have been optimized, as the depalletization of the glass containers has become easier and faster. In particular, wet and damaged cardboard intermediate layers were causing problems during the depalletization of the glass containers, and we were suffering production losses. PLPs do not suffer deformations – in contrast to cardboard – and the depalletization of the glass containers now runs smoothly”
Fast secure depalletizing and reduced production downtime at the instant coffee manufacturer JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS
JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE), one of the largest instant coffee manufacturers in Great Britain, was having problems with the weight of the glass on their cardboard intermediate layers –causing issues with their depalletizing process. The glass containers are too heavy to be palletized stably on cardboard intermediate layers. This was a major quality and safety issue. The costs of more sturdy cardboard intermediate layers of the same thickness as PLPs would have been uneconomical – and their vulnerability to damp was also a problem. The company, therefore, replaced the cardboard intermediate layers with PLPs for the transportation of the glass containers. The surface quality of the PLPs now permits a rapid and reliable depalletization process and reduced production failure times. Due to the improved strength and durability of the PLPs, the palletization options for the glass containers have also expanded – more weight can now be packed onto each pallet. In this way, the number of pallets required for transportation has been reduced, and therefore also the transport volume. JDE no longer has to invest in new transport products, as the stability of the PLPs guarantees their reutilization – in contrast to cardboard.
As James Dockree, Packaging Quality Specialist at JDE in the United Kingdom, explains: “Cardboard intermediate layers do not work efficiently on our palletizers in comparison to the PLPs. Every time glass falls off the pallets, we have a major quality and safety issue.”
Closed-pooling or tailor-made outsourcing service
Both best practice examples show how the use of PLPs has optimized production processes and mastered the challenges facing customers. From the delivery and return, sorting and cleaning to the administration of reusable transport products, CPL combines a broad range of outsourcing services. CPL also offers individual outsourcing solutions. Thus, it is possible to use only the PLPs warehouse management, including mobile cleaning at the container manufacturer, integrated into local conditions. As an experienced pool system operator of reusable PLPs on a rental basis, CPL has 15 closely linked service centers. Own stocks of transport and packaging material at the customer are no longer necessary and storage areas are free because the PLPs circulate in the external CPL pool system. The service and rental fees are cost-saving – replacement and financing costs are eliminated. Unproductively tied capital becomes free for investments in the core business of the customers. The cost-effectiveness of PLPs is also explained by the long service life and disposal costs for the recycling of damaged PLPs are eliminated.
Conclusion: The transport with reusable PLPs is recognized as the most efficient method of transportation – one could also speak of a trend. PLPs are replacing cardboard layer pads and the culture of reusable material is becoming increasingly established worldwide.
CPL’s range of services is also visually displayed in the new explanatory video. Click here to watch the English language version.