Knauf Insulation has introduced an innovative new method of packaging that will deliver major benefits to customers using Crown® Insulation, its market leading brand of glass mineral wool insulation. Using advances in compression technology and stronger packaging materials, two innovations – Durapak® and SupaKube® – will supersede conventional methods of insulation wrapping and bring delivery methods into the twenty-first century.
Two separate, but complementary, packaging processes are involved: wrapping the product itself and then creating the optimum delivery unit. In the first stage, individual rolls are compressed and tightly wrapped in a single-layer of polypropylene to form a neat, flat-ended, cylindrical ‘block’ of insulation. As its name – Durapak® – suggests, the new packaging is far more robust than the usual paper, bag, film and metal clipped wrapping generally used and is much more capable of withstanding rough handling.
The second stage is to create a SupaKube® – a pallet of up to 24 Durapak® rolls – for delivery to the customer. The rolls are placed on a ‘two-way’ pallet – which allows them to be lifted by a forklift from any direction – compressed for a second time to remove the airgaps between them, and then tightly wrapped in a single-layer of polyethylene to form a compact ‘cube’.
The new compression and packaging system will bring major benefits throughout the supply-chain and especially for Knauf Insulation’s customers. Compressing the product means that more product can be delivered on the same truck, for example: distributors ordering a ‘full-load’ will now receive an additional 60 rolls; 480 rather than 420 rolls – an increase of 15%. It also means that more product can be stored in less space and, as the wrap is weatherproof, it can even be stored outside; a benefit that will further reduce warehousing costs.
Handling is much easier and offloading and loading times much faster. In fact, back-to-back tests showed that unloading a full-load of 20 SupaKubes® was an incredible 12 times faster than unloading loose rolls and took less manpower! In addition, the stronger packaging means less likelihood of damage to the product and, therefore, less wastage.
Talking of which, the single-layer of wrapping means less packaging waste for users to dispose of and that adds up to lower costs in labour, skip hire and landfill charges.
“Compared to other countries, storing and distributing mineral wool insulation in the UK and Ireland has been an inefficient process,” said Mark Andrews, Knauf’s Deputy Managing Director. “Apart from delivering, handling and storing ‘fresh-air’, distributors, merchants and users also suffer higher warehousing and labour costs, so it’s great to say that our new method of packaging will offer big benefits to everyone in the supply chain!”
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