Welcome to the April 15th issue of Warehouse & Logistics News. In our front cover story you can read how the OakRA (Oakland Returnable Asset) sustainable and reusable packaging solution from Oakland International is gaining interest from the business community as temperatures start to rise ahead of the summer. The OakRA has been put through its paces to evaluate its thermal performance at a range of ambient temperatures, including up to 36 degrees centigrade to mimic the hottest of days.

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Sparck Technologies, the new name for Packaging by Quadient, has hit a major milestone with 100 million boxes produced on its revolutionary fit-to-size packaging machines worldwide. As Sparck’s advanced CVP Everest and CVP Impack packaging systems make each cardboard box to the exact size required for every particular order, the company calculates that some 34,250,000 sq m of cardboard has been saved through the use of its technology, equating to the preservation of 46,000 trees.

BS Handling Systems has designed and installed a complete materials handling and storage solution at 3PL Noatum Logistics’ latest 378,000 sq. ft. UK distribution centre (DC) located in Medway, Kent. The £3.5 million turnkey package includes racking for flat-pack, a goods-in monorail system for hanging garments (GOH) with elevators up through four mezzanine floors along with tote and goods-in conveyors with booms for flat-pack boxes.

With Fronius’ software solution Charge & Connect, it is possible to digitally link the forklift truck charging stations. A clear dashboard creates transparency with regard to all relevant charging data. Thanks to this continuous monitoring of the chargers, operators can reduce downtimes of their forklift truck fleet to a minimum. In addition, application errors can be detected promptly and avoided in the future, our power sources feature reports.

OZ Lifting has launched two spark resistant products, a chain hoist and push beam trolley, both available from 0.5-ton to 10-ton capacity, according to our lifting gears and cranes feature. The products are launched as a complete capacity range, 0.5 ton, 1 ton, 2 ton, 3 ton, 5 ton, 10 ton, that covers most likely applications. As with other manual chain hoists in the catalogue, 10 ft., 15 ft., 20 ft., and 30 ft. heights of lift are offered as standard, but custom lengths are available on request.

Stertil Dock Products recently introduced an innovative version of its proven range of PE Dock Bumpers. The latest adjustable-height PE dock bumpers are adaptable for all vehicles and trailer types and are especially suitable for cold stores and sea containers, says our loading bay feature. The bumpers are self-releasing while a truck is docked and are of particular benefit when used in conjunction with ‘step frame levellers’ by allowing vehicle doors to be opened after docking, thereby maintaining the chill environment and reducing possible contamination.

Enjoy reading the issue.

James Surridge

Publishing Editor

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