Lindum Packaging helps international brewer reduce movement in transport

Lindum Packaging has helped a world-renowned brewer to reduce its movement in transport issues (MITs) by 80%.

After some changes to its primary packaging which involved removing the heat-shrink film around packs of cans, and replacing it with a cardboard sleeve, the company noticed an increase in damaged goods caused during the transportation process.

Rick Sellars, sales manager at Lindum Packaging says having damaged packs is a major issue in the brewing industry as they can’t be resold and have to be thrown away.

“This is a huge financial loss and also creates unacceptable food waste,” he adds. “Our Mobile Pallet Stability Test Lab and our Innovation Centre in Grimsby have both been developed to test and analyse the stability of pallets with the aim of reducing over-packaging, improving performance, saving money and reducing food waste.”

Pallet stability tests at Lindum Packaging’s Innovation Centre revealed that the 568ml pack format suffered the most movement in transport issues. The Lindum Packaging experts trialled different stretch films, wrapping patterns, anti-slip layer sheets and cardboard corners – testing each format to identify the problems and provide solutions.

A suitable wrapping film and wrapping pattern was identified, which not only increased pallet stability, but was also easy to implement in the breweries without the need to make significant capital investment.

This new wrapping pattern did not use any additional weight of stretch film when compared with the original wrapping pattern, which helped to maintain the company’s sustainability goals. The solution was implemented on existing wrappers and was proved to run well without interruption to factory production.

Lindum’s Mobile Pallet Stability Test Lab was also taken to site to verify that the pallet stability results at the brewery were equal to the trials that had been completed at Lindum’s Innovation Centre. Now, some months on from this implementation, there are no instances of movement in transport from this 568ml can format and it is no longer considered a major issue.

Mr Sellars adds: “With around 750 million pallet journeys every year in the UK and up to 11% of all palletised goods arriving at the final destination with some damage, movement in transport and the safe delivery of goods should not be overlooked. Most businesses we work with often know there is a problem within their packaging operations, and we work with them to identify and implement improvements that will make a big difference to their operations, transit packaging performance, sustainability targets and their bottom line.”

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