Manchester-based lozenge and cough sweets producer Cadbury Adams has dispensed with traditional one-trip packaging and associated packaging waste in favour of Linpac Materials Handling’s versatile reusable reel delivery system. Until now the 70kg film laminate reels, used in the company’s auto re-closable bag production, had been delivered from supplier Alcan Packaging in expensive one-trip polystyrene and cardboard packaging secured to a wooden pallet by polythene wrapping and plastic web strapping which took several minutes to remove.
Cadbury Adams, part of confectionary and beverage giant Cadbury, says that system was unsatisfactory for several reasons and resulted in huge volumes of bulky packaging waste which was costly to dispose of. Also, 100% product protection was not always achieved during transport.
The Linpac Reel Pack consists of a vacuum formed tray with moulded “cradles” to keep the reels securely in position. Locators in the tray’s base fit directly onto pallets to give the load optimum security. Each tray can take four 28,000m reels, which equate to 16 hours production time.
The Reel Pack tray’s robustness and durability also means pallets can be double stacking in transit.