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We at the HTS Group respond precisely to a variety of your challenges in the packaging area, whether it concerns package design, packing work, or material procurement.
Our strength comes from our unique know-how, which has advanced with our experience on numerous package designs for Hitachi Group products over the years, as well as our packaging R&D at the HTS Technical Center.
The HTS Technical Center in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture, is our own facility specialized in packaging analysis and optimization. It has evaluation equipment and measurement devices for conducting logistical tests. We can also run simulations of possible hazards that may occur during transport, to propose the best packaging solution based on abundant quantitative data and evaluation test results.
We propose the best packaging from a holistic standpoint - we not only examine product materials (in terms of resistance against water/moisture, rust, and temperature, hazardousness, and strength), but also consider delivery conditions (such as transport routes, storage conditions, and the climate) as well as the complexity and cost efficiency of packing and disposal.
Our solutions include buffer designs to control the impact within the allowable value, vibration-proof designs to avoid the resonance range, temp-controlled packaging to retain the allowable temp range during transport, dangerous goods packaging in compliant with laws/regulations, and returnable containers to withstand repeated usage.
We efficiently perform verifications through various tests as per your requirement, to provide one-stop solutions for operational improvement.
By outsourcing all packaging work from design, prototyping, evaluation testing, up to material procurement, you will be able to concentrate on your core business.
More specifically, we provide the best packaging designs by following the Packaging 5-STEPs, the design and inspection flow for determining the appropriate form of packaging. It first involves (1) product strength analysis, (3) logistics system data, and (4) packaging material data, leading to (2) selecting packaging designs and materials to use, and is finalized with (5) quantitative evaluation through packaging/transportation tests.
The logistics environment adds a variety of stresses. With such, your valuable product may be damaged or its quality can deteriorate during distribution, resulting in an adverse impact on customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. That's why it is vital to pre-assess your logistical environment and apply packaging that can withstand your specific conditions. We always aim for proper packaging, to protect important products of yours.
By strengthening the packaging box, it is possible to stack them in the container, thus improving loading ratio. Logistics optimization has been achieved, despite the cost increase from stronger box material itself, because it was offset by the better efficiency through adjusting the cushioning material in use and increasing the number of products per box.
Container loading image
|before reform||after reform||effect|
|Number of products contained (units/box)||1||3||2 more|
|Packaging weight (kg/box)||80||200||-|
|Packing box volume (m2)||0.28||0.55||-|
|40ft container loading number (index)||100||325||3.25x more|
|Material cost (per unit)||100||86||14% less|
|Delivery fee (per unit)||100||31||69% less|
|Physical distribution cost||100||58||42% less|
After we carefully examined properties of Chinese materials, as they were not of the same kind commonly used in Japan, we came up with the optimum packaging design that allowed local material sourcing.
Bending strength testing of plywood
Buffer characteristic test of foam
Because product damage was happening frequently while there was no noticeable issues on the external package boxes, we proposed a new packaging design after investigation and verification on the possibility of resonance phenomenon during transport.
cushioning material before improvement
cushioning material after improvement
Measuring the natural frequency of the current packaging
⇒Frequency being similar to that of trucks suggested the resonance could be happening.
Verifying the effect of the frequency change on the product
⇒Led to a conclusion that the cause of the damage was resonance.
(3) Packaging evaluation test
Conducting vibration tests with different buffer designs
⇒Checked the resonance prevention effect.
(4) Customer approval
Our improvement plan was put in place.
We developed a temp-controlled packaging for shipping a product with an allowable temperature range from 15 to 25 degree Celsius during air transport from Japan to Singapore.
Transportation sector: Haneda - Singapore
Transit time: 14 hours
Highest temperature: 35 degrees Celsius
This customer used to arrange wooden boxes each time they shipped their power transformer equipment products and discard them after delivery. With our returnable containers made of steel, they reduced packaging and delivery costs and realized greener logistics.
Loading operation to the container
Outer dimensions considerably smaller than those of wooden packaging, boosting loading ratio by 20%.
Collapsible two-stage loading
Foldable stacking improves storage space occupancy when not in use.
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