Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Trail-blazing waste-free packaging for pistons

Linpac Materials Handling (LMH) is supplying packaging to automotive component manufacturer Federal-Mogul to transport piston units for a new V6 diesel engine jointly developed by Ford Motor Company and PSA Peugeot Citroen.

As part of the tender submission for the supply of the new piston assemblies, Federal-Mogul was tasked with sourcing a packaging solution that would give optimum protection to the parts during a 1,700 mile journey. Federal-Mogul had, in the past, bought containers from Linpac’s German operation to transport Ford diesel engine components and turned to UK-based LMH to supply another quantity of containers to carry the piston assemblies.

LMH’s plastic piston box is fully reusable and does not require any additional packaging materials. Compliant with Ford’s requirement for waste-free packaging systems across its component supply chain, the box’s durable construction gives maximum protection to parts during their journey – moulded inlays ensure the cargo stays firmly in place and does not make contact with other components while in transit.

The boxes are used on a 24-day cycle, delivering pistons from suppliers in Turkey to Federal-Mogul’s Bradford base where they are labelled before being despatched to Ford’s Dagenham facility with the V6 diesel engine is being built. Each box houses 16 piston assemblies, with 30 boxes to a pallet.