MANUFACTURER Pacific Brands sought to improve the efficiency of handling processes and OH&S at its distribution centres and by implementing CHEPStretch, the company was able to reduce capital outlay, ongoing maintenance and wrapping costs as well as improve safety and productivity.
The company manufactures, sources and delivers more than 160,000 different products with items ranging from golf balls and underwear to mattresses and carpet underlay.
Internationally, the company handles over 250 million units every year, with 625,000 units passing through their distribution centres every day.
The company found inefficiencies in handling processes at their distribution centres where wrapping machines were using excessive volumes of film and machines were aging and maintenance costs increasing.
Following an assessment of its needs, the manufacturer trialled both automatic and semi-automatic CHEP Stretch systems at the Tontine and King Gee distribution centres in Queensland and Victoria.
Trial results showed a significant reduction in the amount of wrap needed, plus safety was improved.
In some distribution centres, employees had to climb out of their forklifts to activate the wrapping machines, making them exposed to risk of injury from other forklift drivers.
Since the installation of the new wrapping machines, forklift drivers no longer have to leave their vehicles. They deposit the pallet, activate the machine, and drive away to collect another.
This has increased productivity and reduced a significant workplace hazard.
The system includes the wrapping machines themselves, a high quality pre-stretch film, and preventative maintenance.
There is no capital outlay for customers as they are billed per pallet wrapped.
To increase efficiency, CHEP makes predictions about the quantity of film needed in for each customer in each location based on operating data.
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