Dietzenbach, Germany – Cartonplast Group, a provider of plastic pallet pad (PLP) pooling services to the glass container, food and beverage industries, has developed a new reusable pallet specifically for the logistics of glass container production.
The new plastic pallet has been developed to ensure a trouble-free supply chain for glass containers within the beverage and food industries. Cartonplast (CPL) uses polypropylene (PP) or PP-recyclate to manufacture the pallet in compliance with international standards. The two different pallet variants weigh 19 kg to 21 kg respectively, with a choice of 3 or 5 runner bottom deck (unidirectional or perimeter base) configurations.
To avoid load stability and conveyor problems associated with other pallets, six U-shaped crossbars are integrated into the upper side of the pallet, and they run across the entire width. On the 5-runner model, two further connections between the longitudinal skids on the underside provide additional stability.
The pallets can be used on a wide variety of installations and are fully suitable for use on chain conveyors. Rubber inserts increase grip and reduce wear. When used on roller transporters, the pallet transfers its weight evenly and twist-free from roller to roller, keeping the load stable at all times. The bottom deck configuration options correspond to those of conventional wooden pallets and no adjustment of material handling equipment is necessary. The uniform edge on the top deck of the pallet forms a “collar” and allows a completely circumferential seal between the shrink film and the pallet. With the rounded corners and small notches, a stable connection is created which secures the glass containers ideally for transport and prevents them from slipping.
“Customers are very positive about our new plastic pallets for the transport of glass containers,” explained Thomas Grimm, Head of Supply Chain Management, Cartonplast Group. “An important argument for their use is also the multi-stage, fully automated production and logistics processes in the glass container industry. Due to modern warehouse automation, precisely fitting and high-quality designed pallets are in high demand internationally.”
CPL is currently building a rental pool of RFID tagged pallets at the European level. Real-time tracking is provided by automated identification, controlled by CPL, which eliminates the need to manually capture pallet information. This precise pallet identification improves inventory management and the various transport processes. The pallets can be cleaned in the CPL service centres. Prior to the environmentally friendly cleaning process in ultra-modern washing plants, the condition is checked and whether special cleaning is necessary for heavy soiling. The smooth plastic surface guarantees high cleaning capability without leaving behind germs and bacteria – in line with the high hygiene requirements of food and beverage manufacturers. After cleaning, the final quality check is carried out and the pallets are prepared for renewed delivery to the customers.
“The new pallet ideally expands our reusable transport product offer with the already available layer pads and top frames,” said Serkan Koray, CEO of Cartonplast. “This means we can now offer for our customers an all-encompassing closed offer, the complete one-stop service or individually as required.”
Producers of glass containers, food and beverages that already use CPL Plastic layer pads (PLPs) stand to benefit from the one-stop service. The use of Cartonplast PLPs and pallets in combination with production and transport processes improves logistics processes through increased delivery and pick-up frequencies, as well as improved truck utilization – ensuring that the cost of logistics processes are reduced. Cartonplast, as Europe’s leading operator of a pool system for reusable PLPs, closely monitors international best practices methods to provide customers with the best possible added value. CPL increases the influence of its rentable reusable transport products also through cooperation with customers and partners. Cartonplast PLPs are currently used at more than 130 production sites in 20 countries to transport glass, cans and PET containers to over 7,500 filling plants.