Pallet and Reusable Packaging Presentations Featured at PROMAT 2013

PrintA number of reusable packaging and pallet presentations are featured among the many sessions offered at the upcoming PROMAT 2013 show. Here is a roundup:

The Importance Of Hygienic Pallets In Today’s Supply Chain

Presented By Curt Most – National Pallet Manager ORBIS Corporation, 10:30 am,  Monday January 21

Pallets move all types of product throughout the global supply chain, from produce to beverage bottles to pharmaceutical items and more. Pallets are generally selected for their footprint, load capacity and ability to interface with current infrastructure. In today’s complex supply chains, with multiple shipping points and global commerce, pallet users are seeking pallets that are also designed with hygiene in mind (cleanability, FDA-approved material usage). In this seminar, attendees will learn why hygienic pallets are important in their application.

Key Takeaways

  • The definition of a hygienic pallet
  • Best practices in sanitation
  • How to choose the right hygienic pallet for the application


How To Effectively Manage Reusable Packaging Assets

This seminar is presented by Eric Swanson, Operations Director – Services for ORBIS Corporation, 11:15 am, Monday January 21.

Reusable containers, pallets and dunnage move product throughout the global supply chain faster, safer and more cost-efficiently when managed and allocated effectively. In this seminar, you will learn best practices in how to optimize your existing, expanding or new fleet of reusable assets. Attendees will learn how to have the right packaging in the right place, at the right time and how to get it back.

Key Takeaways

  • How to identify the right packaging-related Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for your business
  • Best practices in container and pallet tracking
  • Maximize value and extend the life of packaging fleets


How Reusable Packaging Helps Companies Improve Their Sustainability Scorecard, Drive Supply Chain Efficiencies And Increase Sales

This seminar is presented by Trent Overholt – V.P. Material Handling & Reusable Packaging for the Rehrig Pacific Company, 1:30 pm, Tuesday January 22.

In many situations, reusing a packaging asset is more economically and environmentally efficient than disposal or recycling after one use. For many companies the idea of recovering their packaging assets seems complicated and expensive. Rehrig will demonstrate how reusable packaging programs can reduce costs per trip, reduce a company’s carbon footprint and improve sales by using proper asset management and tracking techniques and material reclamation and exchange programs.

Key Takeaways

• The efficiencies and savings of a reusable packaging program far outweigh the implementation challenges and will greatly improve a company’s Sustainability Scorecard.


How To Calculate Carbon Footprints: A Wood Pallet Example

Presented By Dr. Andres Carrano and Dr. Brian Thorn – Associate Professorsat Rochester Institute of Technology

Calculating carbon footprints can be a mysterious process unless you can follow a real-world example. This session shows how to trace and calculate the carbon footprint for wooden pallets, clearly a vital component of most material handling systems with several billion wooden pallets in circulation. The presentation quantifies the environmental impacts of wooden pallets and provides attendees with an analysis of the equivalent carbon emissions associated with pallet logistics operations. A carbon footprint analysis is performed in each of the life cycle stages, starting from materials harvesting, through the manufacture, use, transportation, and repair of pallets, to eventual final disposal to estimate the impact on equivalent carbon dioxide. A simple excel tool that helps the user estimate these impacts will be presented.

Key Takeaways

• Learn how to trace and calculate carbon footprint using a real-world example of wooden pallets.


Unit Load Technology – Road to Sustainability

Presented By Ralph Rupert – Manager of Unit Load Technology, and Susie Elkins, Senior Packaging Engieer, Unit Load Technology for Millwood, Inc., 1:30 PM Monday January 21 and 12:00 pm Tuesday January 22.

Packaging and material handling designs and purchases are often made as individual components without regard to their incorporation into the distribution system. The result: a change that results in a one-time savings on the purchase of material handling equipment can result in a cost increase in the on-going purchase of transport packaging materials such as bottles, containers, stretch film and pallets. A systematic approach understands how the interactions of the various components can hinder or enhance the ability to protect the product from the hazards of the transport distribution system. Proper unit load design procedures to utilize the system compatibility will lead to true sustainability by reducing damage, overall packaging, material handling and operational costs.

Key Takeaways

• A systematic approach to unit load design will lead to true sustainability.



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