Container 'could cut shipping costs'

Related tags Food and drug administration

LINPAC Materials Handling has introduced a reusable container -
designed for pharmaceuticals and food and beverages - that could
allow companies to significantly reduce their shipping costs,
claims the company.

The T-PAK MAX3 container has a lightweight construction that provides scope for manufacturers to increase their payloads, according to LINPAC. The company estimates that the container can handle 20 per cent more product than rival shipping systems.

The MAX3 container has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as meeting the sanitary requirements for packaging handling in food, beverage, and pharmaceutical applications.

The product has a 44" x 48" footprint and a 50" height, but collapses to 11" in height, reducing the bulk for return journeys. The dynamic stacking capacity of the MAX3 is two-high, while the container can be stacked five-high in a static warehouse environment. The maximum dynamic capacity is 453kg.

LINPAC said that the unit is particularly suited for lightweight items such as pharmaceutical and cosmetic packaging, crowns, metal closures, PET preforms, plastic closure mouldings and synthetic cork products.

The MAX3 is constructed of high-impact polypropylene to withstand the abuse of multiple return trips, and has rigid sidewalls that feature smooth interior surfaces, reducing dust and damage to contents. The lid is an integral component of the container, covering and protecting contents. On the production floor, the MAX3 is compatible with most dumping equipment, conforming to current manufacturing processes, according to LINPAC.

Other features of the MAX3 container include that it is radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology-ready, has a three-year warranty, and can be recycled at the end of its useful life.

More information about the new product is available on the LINPAC Materials Handling website​.

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