Reusable Packaging News September 2017 - Page 19

Reusable Packaging News



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.

A time-tested load quality metric for an uncertain regulatory environment

The success of load-specific wrap profiles supports Lantech’s conviction that expensive testing is unnecessary, except where highly unusual load configurations are concerned. And it’s led to the conclusion that while containment force is the most important factor in achieving load security, there are further elements that must be included:

- Specified containment force (with high and low limits) at the top, middle, and bottom of the load

- Each load effectively bonded to the pallet with a rolled or gathered rope placed above the fork truck entry of the pallet

- No dragging film “tails”

The repeated success of this method proves that it’s better to replicate a well-established process than to attempt to predict and then simulate load shipment hazards. With more than 500 million tons of product damaged in-transit annually, Lantech’s proven formula holds great promise for companies that must improve on a “just-wrap-it-and-ship-it” approach.

“The lean science of observation and continuous improvement can produce some of the best processes available,” Lancaster said. “I’d much rather copy what is proven effective, using data that’s been rigorously tested and compiled through a ‘plan-do-check-act’ discipline. Expensive ‘hazard simulation’ testing should be reserved for those cases where current data is insufficient to avoid the undesirable risk of damage or injury to personnel.”