A manufacturer of valves was having problems with damaged products that were being shipped through UPS. Initially the only protection they were using for these packages was newspaper to fill the void. Using this method meant that between 30-40 percent of their packages were being damaged before they reached their destination. With 1,500-2,000 valves being shipped a year, valued at $300 a piece, the cost for damaged valves was quickly rising. They contacted IPS Packaging & Automation to see what alternatives they could offer.
The first solution we discussed with the customer was the addition of foam-in-place bags. Samples were sent to be tested, while other protective packaging options were debated. We then suggested that they try a custom mold design. IPS worked with engineers to produce a CAD drawing of a mold that would fit the valves being shipped. The customer was initially sent a pre-mold to review and was very confident in the product. They immediately placed an order for three skids of the custom molds. They have since been able to virtually eliminate damaged shipments, producing a savings of $180,000 a year.
Braces product in place
Light weight, lowering transportation costs
Clean, easy to use and space saving
Resilient and impact resistant to absorb transportation shocks
Versatile - different foam densities and sizes available
Better compression strength
To find out how you can streamline your packaging process and learn about cost savings opportunities, contact one of our highly qualified packaging specialists! Call us today!
Reliability = Superior product protection
Material = Lighter weight to lower outbound freight
Savings = New package cost of $5.60 per valve