Focus on logistics and intralogistics

image[3]REVIPACK N.º 230 features a report about the new beer bottling plant of UNICER and its new automated warehouse. This major industrial investment includes technological solutions from KHS (bottling lines), warehouse automation (EFACEC) and drives (SEW-EURODRIVE).
This edition is focused on logistics and intralogistics. Why wood pallets continue to be preferred? The answer lies in the combination of quality, price and sustainability, says Paulo Verdasca, manager of MADECA. CHEP highlights the economic and environmental advantages of collaborative transportation.
However, there is also a market for plastic pallets, with specific solutions as those developed by NORTPALET and IPS-Cabka.
Palletizing is more than just put the product on a pallet. This edition of REVIPACK also highlights strapping systems and stretch wrapping films. REMBALCOM has developed a new stretch film with stretching capacity of 400%.
In the field of intralogistics, this issue highlights several conveying solutions. ANTÍPODA, for example, is doing more and more business within the European market with modular solutions customer designed.
In this edition, REVIPACK also features several innovations and trends in food packaging, packaging machines and labeling and coding systems.
The digital REVIPACK edition (PDF file) has been sent to Subscribers. To read it online just on the cover image.

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Packaging can reduce global food waste

The United Nations estimate that over a billion tons of food is wasted globally every year, a figure that could be significantly reduced with the right packaging, according to the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO).

In the industrialised world 40% of food at retail and consumer level is thrown away, while a similar figure is wasted in developing countries during post-harvest handling and processing (source UN). FEFCO is convinced that appropriate food packaging can help tackle the problem and reduce the huge impact this is having in environmental and financial terms.

Some may see packaging as contributing to waste, but FEFCO is resolute that this is misleading: far more resources are used in creating the product than the packaging. Therefore product and packaging should be viewed together and appropriate levels of packaging, not less, should be used to protect food.

FEFCO’s Secretary General, Angelika Christ, said: “Downsizing packaging makes no sense if product loss occurs as a consequence. Packaging should be optimised according to the requirements of each and every product. Sometimes increasing packaging significantly reduces impact on the environment.”

Vitacress (Portugal), one of Europe’s leading growers of watercress, asked for a corrugated packaging solution that would increase shelf life and reduce product loss in distribution. The result included a drain tray of crushed ice that sits on the top rim of the pack and trickles melting water over the watercress to keep it fresh for up to 48 hours.

Corrugated packaging can also be tailored to fit each product precisely and hold it securely during transport. It can be designed to ensure easy opening and handling without product damage. The flexibility exists to introduce bespoke solutions quickly, and cost-effectively.

A vital role is played by corrugated packaging throughout the supply chain: It protects 75% of European goods in transit and ensures that more food reaches the consumer’s table as safely and efficiently as possible.

In Germany ethylene absorbing corrugated board is being developed for fresh produce to slow down unwanted ripening. Ethylene triggers the ripening process in certain fruits and vegetables.

Food packaging ensures food security and safety, enhances both logistics management and product identification. Corrugated’s versatility, 100% recyclability and protective qualities makes it an integral part of the range of measures needed to solve the problem of food waste.

Amazon plans to open a distribution centre near Madrid

Seven months after the launch of the amazon.es website, Amazon has announced its plan to open a distribution centre in San Fernando de Henares near Madrid.

INAPA expands european distribution with SEMAQ

image INAPA (Portugal) has acquired, trough its Logistipack subsidiary, Semaq Emballages (Bordeaux, France), a packaging distribution company with delegations and logistic centers in Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon, Bézier and Ploermel. INAPA is an European leader in paper products distribution and this acquisition is a relevant step to reinforce the packaging products as a complementary business area. Semaq ads a 10,9 million Euros (2011) business to INAPA, with a wide family of packaging products: jerry cans, plastic pots and jars, metal packaging (general line), plastic bottles (including PET for wines, liquors, chemicals, etc.), bag-in-box packaging, industrial drums (plastic, metal and kraft), pallet-containers for liquids, plastic pallets, dunnage bags, etc..

Before this acquisition, the packaging business area of INAPA, including paper and carton products, plastic films, plastic bags, foam profiles and pallets, represented around 35 million euros, with strong position in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Angola, with local subsidiaries (like Logistipack in France, HTL Verpackung and Henessen, in Germany) and distributors. The global INAPA business is above 1 000 million euros, 80% of it in France and Germany.

Datalogic acquired Accu-Sort

Datalogic completed the acquisition of Accu-Sort Systems, a leading supplier in the design, production, integration and maintenance of Automatic Identification (Auto-ID) systems in the United States. The value of the transaction amounts to USD 135 million. With the acquisition of Accu-Sort Systems, Datalogic becomes the world leader in the industrial stationary scanners segment, with a market share of around 31%, versus a current share of 16%.

Ride-sharing for road freight

Around 20 percent of trucks on German roads are traveling empty, at a huge cost to the transportation companies concerned. Also from an ecological and traffic-management standpoint, it would be better if such journeys could be avoided. A new auction platform aims to improve truck space utilization.

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Visidot now also supports GS1 DataBar

Visidot, Zetes’ image based solution captures and recognises hundreds of barcodes in mere seconds and with 100% accuracy. The solution now also supports GS1 Databar, a barcode launched by GS1 at the beginning of 2010, which is smaller and can store more information than the traditional EAN/UPC barcode. Continue reading