Cincinnati, Ohio – KraftPal is a manufacturer of durable lightweight and recyclable corrugated pallets using a high-speed automated system. The company states that it is “on the mission to eliminate the last stronghold of wood in the mainstream logistical pipeline, leading a paradigm shift in the pallet industry. ”
The rise of green consumerism is creating a revolution in global corporate manufacturing and corporate decision processes, the company notes. Sustainable packaging is playing an ever-increasing role in the tidal turn in consumer spending and corporate identity programs.
KraftPal developed designs of corrugated cardboard pallets that meet industry pallet performance standards. The company states that it “is positioning itself to aggressively expand operations in North America after the EU, Nordics, and Saudi Arabia (partner of government in Vision 2030 national program) lead its initial global development and expansion programs with over 200 multinational clients.”
KraftPal has won several global packaging awards at WPO (World Packaging Organisation) and successfully introduced and sold its product for over eight years to several Fortune 500 companies and has patented both product portfolios and high-speed manufacturing processes (Industry 4.0). Mass production of KraftPal corrugated pallets is possible at rates that can far exceed any other corrugated or wooden pallet producer in the world.
KraftPal believes there is a substantial market penetration opportunity to replace wooden pallets with fully recyclable corrugated pallets in many applications, especially in the one-way pallet market which represents approx. 33% of the total pallet market.
Next-generation Palletonator already in sight
With innovation at the heart of KraftPal’s operations, the company continues to work on its next-generation pallet production line by employing new state-of-the-art technology and industry 4.0 principles.
With HME, an established mechanical engineering company recently acquired by KraftPal, the Company gained first-hand access to a technology partner capable to bring KraftPal’s existing production line development to the next level. The 5th generation of KraftPal’s production technology builds on years of extensive R&D efforts and experience gained through the development and ongoing operation of its predecessors. The new Palletonator 5.0 will be launched in Tampere, Finland as a part of the company’s developments in Scandinavia.
Without compromising the production line’s output, the engineering team reduced the machine footprint from 800 m2 to only 200 m2 by replacing continuous motion production with stop-and-go technology integrating 8 best-in-class robots while optimizing individual component lines and improving reliability due to smaller number of moving parts.
The complete production line is placed on steel platforms, enabling efficient transport in 6 standard containers and seamless and quick integration at the final destination. By fully assembling the individual modules, i.e. component making lines, already in the machine production facility the assembly team can attach and start up the production line in 2-weeks’ time instead of 6 to 8 weeks.
With previous Palletonator generations requiring 1 hour of work by machine operators and technicians to adjust the production line to produce a different kind of product, the new generation features a pneumatic system that reduces changeover time by 90%. Compared to its predecessor the new Palletonator will significantly improve the flexibility and responsiveness of the whole production required by the clients.
The whole machine operation is monitored and managed by a centralized system collecting thousands of data points from sensors to ensure a smooth production process, raising alerts in case of sub-optimal performance or notifying the machine operator about required maintenance. Using a centralized data warehouse and AI KraftPal is able to monitor all production lines across the world and employ predictive analytics to steer tech and maintenance teams across the world.
Using Visual Components solution to plan, develop, test, and simulate the Palletonator in a detailed 3-D environment, KraftPal has created a platform to facilitate training for machine operators and technicians and provide exceptional technical support through AR headsets to its technical staff across the globe.
To learn more about the company, please visit www.kraftpal.com
SOURCE KraftPal Technologies Inc.