Reusable Packaging News September 2017 - Page 18

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By offering a wider range of foldable plastic IBCs (e.g. footprint, volume, adapted to different transport media) we want to gain market share and replace non-efficient transport packaging where it is possible.

HOREN has a full fleet of different IBCs with a very high folding ratio (up to 4:1) and very good load capacity. Now we want to provide an alternative to other fluid transport packaging options where possible and where it makes sense.

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LANTECH’S 45 Years of Test Data Affirms Time-Tested Load Security Formula

Poorly secured truck shipments cause an estimated $50 billion of in-transit damage globally every year (Reference: Inbound Logistics, January 2004). At present, there are no official standards governing load stability during shipment. However, there is a growing emphasis on safety and an acknowledgment that load damage is a major problem in North America and Europe.

As of June 2018, the European Union (EU) will require that all shipments be tested and certified for load rigidity. This new directive, which is aimed at reducing fatalities caused by heavy-load vehicles, is causing North American companies to take note of a situation that may have repercussions for the way they secure shipments.

Related: EUMOS CALLS FOR TRANSPARENT AND PRACTICAL METHODS FOR TESTING LOAD-SECURING MEASURES AND LOAD-UNIT STABILITY

Compliance testing, load security & certification

EU compliance testing will follow a methodology developed by EUMOS, the European Safe Logistics Association, a non-profit association that promotes state-of-the-art load-securing logistics. According to industry sources, testing will be conducted at 9 certified facilities, where the EUMOS-approved testing process is expected to take a half day to assess each load. A sophisticated transport simulation process will be used, incorporating a specially designed acceleration “sled.”

Loads that meet the new standard will be certified, though the precise metrics that must be met are as yet unknown. “There’s a lot of uncertainty right now about the new standard,” said Lantech Chairman and Founder Pat Lancaster. “But there’s a growing realization among manufacturers that effective stretch wrapping is a big part of the solution.”

Observation & experience

A EUMOS partner organization, Lantech has more than 40 years’ worth of evidence indicating that containment force (the force that holds the load together) is the most important metric. In the mid-1990s, Lantech’s stretch wrap research and development center partnered with a global consumer goods company in a high-sample, comparative study that included more than 300 truckloads. This was not an academic exercise but an objective demonstration that maintaining a specific containment force at the top, middle and bottom of every load is crucial.

This study and years of testing customers’ loads have provided Lantech with a wealth of data and logistical information on how to achieve optimal load security. Lantech has stressed the importance of containment force to North American manufacturers for decades and is prepared to help companies both here and in Europe wrap loads that are stable and safe for shipment. The company is also adding a EUMOS standard-capable acceleration sled to its proven testing regimen. This device will provide data that can be correlated to Lantech’s vast historical database relating to successful damage-free shipments.