Optimising pallet stability

Optimising pallet stability, selecting the right stretch film, achieving cost reductions: many companies claim they do this, but in fact do not really do so in practice. The Trioworld Sales Engineers ensure that these aspects are in fact realised. How does this work in actual practice? By being experts in Load Security.

Not too long ago, Dominic Nielandt, Team Leader of the Trioworld Sales Engineers, would not have thought he would have ended up in such an area of specialisation. ‘Four years ago, I knew almost nothing about the wrapping process and the complexity of the subject matter,’ he laughs. For the past years he has been working as a Sales Engineer at Trioworld and has specialised in the subject matter. ‘I have a technical background and I also completed an internal training programme here.’

In-house technical knowledge
The engineers’ technical knowledge is used to map out the current situation of the customers’ wrapping process. However, the pallet stability is also tested. ‘In our in-house Safety Centre, we can conduct acceleration tests,’ says Dominic. The reason for this is to simulate an emergency stop by a truck, for example. ‘Furthermore, we also use a method to measure the holding force of a pallet; in other words, the kilograms of pressure the film exerts on the load. This method was developed in accordance with the ASTM standard.’

Dominic knows that few customers know their machines really well. ‘The wrapping machines and the film are end-of-line products and are simply given less attention.’ Furthermore, most companies simply do not have the resources required to gather a great deal of knowledge about all of the different machines. From a technical perspective this is often not a problem, but you need specialists for the techniques used in the wrapping process. ‘There are very few people who understand these techniques,’ says Dominic. ‘We really occupy a niche in this area.’

The ultimate pallet wrapping with cost reductions
And with the right approach, it is precisely this aspect of the entire packaging process that can result in significant cost reductions. Then why doesn’t everyone use this approach? ‘It is fairly labour-intensive,’ Dominic explains. ‘We assess the technical condition of the wrappers and the film’s properties. This requires certain settings. We load this information into a recipe that enables you to achieve the ultimate pallet wrapping.’

A pallet with the optimal wrapping matters to everyone. Ultimately, the end customer is charged for the amount of film he or she uses. Reducing this amount is ecologically responsible and the customer benefits from the reduced financial cost. ‘For customers we visit for the first time, we can realise between 20 and 40 percent savings in film consumption,’ says Dominic. ‘This is the normal situation we encounter. Depending on their film consumption, this can save up to hundreds of thousands of euros annually for some customers as well as considerable reduction of usage.’

This is not exactly guesswork. When engineers visit a customer for the first time, they can conduct a quick scan. ‘We then map out the current situation and submit a theoretical model on this basis, which indicates the level of savings and film reduction we can generate,’ says Dominic. ‘An elaborate scan goes a step beyond this. We conduct this scan when the customer wants to test the model in actual practice. We then demonstrate that we are in fact able to realise the theoretical model.’

Our added value
‘We provide a consulting service and we provide our customers with a problem-free wrapping process. We give advice and where necessary, adjust settings. We ensure that pallets are stable, that they use the least possible film to achieve that result and that the cost per wrapped pallet is as low as possible. In addition, we follow up on this with regular checks, so that the results remain constant.’

This is what the Trioworld Sales Engineers can achieve:
1. No downtime; in other words, the production line does not come to a halt due to problems with the wrapping machine or the film;
2. A minimum number of transport-related complaints and no returning loads or trucks;
3. Excellent pallet stability and technical support;
4. And last but not least; the lowest film consumption per pallet.