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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.

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Optimum packaging

Optimum packaging

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.

Special packaging design

Special packaging design

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.

Our Technical Center

Our Technical Center

We efficiently perform verifications through various tests as per your requirement, to provide one-stop solutions for operational improvement.

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By outsourcing all packaging work from design, prototyping, evaluation testing, up to material procurement, you will be able to concentrate on your core business.

Learn More about Our Packaging Solutions

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.

Study and design of appropriate packaging flow

Study and design of appropriate packaging flow

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.

Case studies of packaging solutions

Reinforcement of packaging boxes, resulting in container load efficiency and transport cost reduction

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.

Reinforcement of packaging boxes, resulting in container load efficiency and transport cost reduction Container loading image

Container loading image

Summary of improvement effect

  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 -
Stackable yes/no no yes -
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

Packaging solutions for a product made in China, with locally available supply

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.

  • (1) Characteristics study: on properties of packaging materials procurable in China
  • (2) Packaging design: with consideration of local materials characteristics 
  • (3) Evaluation test: conducted in various environmental conditions, using prototypes from China 
  • (4) Customer approval: leading to the design application and local supply procurement

Bending strength testing of plywood
Bending strength testing of plywood

Buffer characteristic test of foam
Buffer characteristic test of foam

Packaging reinforcement against product damages that used to be discovered only after delivery completion

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 before improvement

cushioning material after improvement
cushioning material after improvement

(1) Investigation
Measuring the natural frequency of the current packaging
⇒Frequency being similar to that of trucks suggested the resonance could be happening.

(2) Verification
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.

Development of constant temp boxes for a product that required temperature control

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

Development of constant temp boxes for a product that required temperature control

Development of constant temp boxes for a product that required temperature control

Ice packs (1kg each) were inserted to keep the acceptable temp range. Six packs, with two on top and one on each side, were used for each box.

Development of a packing method, for reducing environmental impact and achieving effective material utilization

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.

BEFORE (wooden box, discarded after a single use) AFTER (steel, good for repeated uses)

Key Points

Loading operation to the container
Loading operation to the container

Outer dimensions considerably smaller than those of wooden packaging, boosting loading ratio by 20%.

Collapsible two-stage loading
Collapsible two-stage loading

Foldable stacking improves storage space occupancy when not in use.

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Technical Center Group
Logistics Technology Department
Logistics Solution
Busness Management Headquarters
Tel: +81-3-6263-2832

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