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In today’s rapidly evolving transportation industry, companies are under increasing pressure to become more sustainable and efficient. The global push for sustainability, along with the need to optimize operations, such as sustainable Packaging,  has driven businesses to seek innovative solutions.

One such solution is the use of transport simulation machines, which have proven to be invaluable tools for achieving sustainability goals and enhancing overall efficiency. In this article, we’ll explore how these machines can help your company become more sustainable and efficient.

Transport simulation for sustainable packaging

Accurate Load Testing

Transport simulation machines are designed to replicate real-world transport conditions in a controlled environment. They allow you to conduct accurate load testing without the need for costly, time-consuming physical tests.

By using these machines, you can ensure that your products are transported safely and securely, minimizing the risk of damage during transit. This not only reduces waste but also helps you maintain a more sustainable supply chain.

Optimize Packaging

Efficient packaging is crucial for both sustainability and cost savings. Transport simulation machines help you determine the optimal packaging materials and configurations for your products.

By simulating various transport scenarios, you can identify weaknesses in your packaging design and make necessary improvements. This results in reduced packaging waste and lower transportation costs, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable and cost-effective operation.

Enhance Productivity

Efficiency is key to sustainability. Transportation simulation machines allow you to optimize your unit load as well as the packaging process.

This increased efficiency translates into reduced machine hours and lower operating costs. It’s a win-win situation, where sustainability and efficiency go hand in hand.

Reduce CO2 emissions

Fuel consumption is a significant contributor to the environmental impact of transportation. Transport simulation machines allow you to analyze different loads configurations and routes to find the most fuel-efficient options.

Thanks to appropriate configurations of palletized load units and the optimal arrangement of products within the packages, it’s possible to significantly reduce fuel consumption during transportation and, consequently, diminish CO2 emissions, achiving your company sustainability objectives.

Minimize Product Loss

Transportation-related product loss can have a significant financial and environmental impact.

By using transport simulation tetsing machines, you can identify potential product vulnerabilities and take preventive measures. This not only safeguards your products but also reduces waste and minimizes the need for replacements, contributing to a more sustainable business model.

Regulations concerning eco-friendly packaging

Global efforts, spearheaded by both international and national entities, aim to reduce environmental footprints and promote responsible production and consumption patterns. From the European Union’s pioneering directives to country-specific regulations and globally recognized standards, the landscape of packaging sustainability offers a complex web of guidelines and mandates. These regulations not only address the immediate environmental concerns but also pave the way for a more sustainable future in the packaging industry.

Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste of the European Union: This directive, adopted in 1994, has been amended several times to adapt to new recycling and reuse goals. The Directive sets clear targets for packaging recovery and recycling, and each Member State must adopt measures to achieve them. It also aims to prevent the generation of packaging waste and promote reuse systems.
Directive (EU) 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment: This Directive, commonly known as the “Single-Use Plastics Directive”, aims to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products, especially those most commonly found on beaches.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programs: While the concept is global, each country has its own regulation or program. For example, in France, the Eco Emballages organization manages the EPR for packaging; in Spain, Ecoembes plays a similar role.
European Union Ecolabel (EU Ecolabel): Although it’s not a regulation per se, it’s a voluntary environmental labeling system applied to various products, including packaging, that meet specific environmental criteria throughout their life cycle.
Circular Economy Law (various countries): Although not a standard-named regulation, several countries have implemented legislation with a circular economy focus that directly or indirectly affects packaging management.
ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 Standards: These are international standards that define compostability requirements for plastics and packaging products. They are key references for many compostable packaging producers

Transport simulation equipment for sustainable packaging

Many businesses are looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint, and transport simulators have emerged as a critical tool for achieving this. Here’s how you can leverage these simulators to enhance sustainability across primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging levels.

Primary Packaging:

The first line of defense for your product, primary packaging directly encases and protects the contents. To make this level more sustainable:

  • Biodegradable or Compostable Material: Seek out naturally decomposable materials, such as corn starch or PLA (polylactic acid).
  • Recyclability: Prioritize materials that are readily recyclable in the majority of recycling centers.
  • Material Efficiency: Innovate designs to employ the least amount of material, ensuring the product remains secure.
  • Eco-friendly Inks: Transition to water-based inks or vegetable inks, known for their minimal environmental impact.

Secondary Packaging:

This layer groups several primary packaged items together. Boosting its sustainability can be achieved by:

  • Employing Recycled Materials: Incorporate recycled cardboard or paper in the production of boxes and wrappers.
  • Optimized Design: Re-envision box and wrapper designs to transport more products, minimizing void spaces.
  • Phasing Out Plastics: Consider greener alternatives such as waxed paper, cardboard, or fabric in place of plastics.

Tertiary Packaging:

The cornerstone of bulk handling and distribution, tertiary packaging presents a unique challenge when aiming for sustainability. It’s not just about the material used, but also about how these loads withstand the rigors of transport. Here’s where transport simulators and packaging testing machines come into play:

  • Real-world Simulations: Transport simulators mimic the real-world conditions of transportation, including vibrations, drops, and climate variations. This allows companies to understand how their tertiary packaging will perform, ensuring they’re using just enough material to protect the contents without overdoing it.
  • Load Optimization: These machines can help design pallets or containers that maximize product transportation. By simulating different load scenarios, they can provide insights into the most efficient arrangements, reducing trips and associated emissions.
  • Durability Testing: Packaging testing machines evaluate the durability of materials used, ensuring that they can be reused multiple times, promoting a circular economy.
  • Cost Savings: By simulating transportation conditions, companies can anticipate potential damages and redesign their tertiary packaging accordingly. This prevents costly product damages and returns, leading to significant savings.
  • Material Assessment: With testing machines, companies can evaluate alternative, sustainable materials under transportation conditions. This helps in transitioning to greener packaging options without compromising on product safety.
  • Waste Reduction: One of the critical aspects of sustainability is waste reduction. By optimizing and testing tertiary packaging, companies ensure that they use materials efficiently, leading to a significant decrease in waste.

Safe Load Testing Technologies and sustainable packaging

Packaging sustainability aims to minimize environmental impact while maintaining the efficacy of packaging in terms of product protection and efficiency. Integrating the testing and optimization systems can significantly boost packaging.

Several of our machines and technologies are specifically designed for these purposes:

innRecord Shock and Vibration Field Data Recorders

Field Data Recorders: the shock and vibration data recorders are capable of quickly and accurately characterizing a vibration, shock or environmental profile of real transportation routes.  This information can be used later in the design/optimization of the packaging to guarantee the safety of the goods.

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Drop Testers: These machines simulate potential impacts that packages might endure during handling by dropping them from various heights and angles. It assesses the strength and durability of both the product and its packaging.

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Vibration Tables: Simulating the vibrations experienced during transport, these tables can be used to evaluate how products and their packaging hold up during road, rail, sea, or air transit.

Compression Testers: These machines apply controlled compression forces to packages, replicating potential stresses faced when packages are stacked or loaded during transit.

Incline Impact Testers: These simulate the horizontal impacts a package might face, such as those experienced when packages slide off a conveyor or are pushed from the side.

Combining testing and optimization systems can potentially boost packaging performance significantly. There exist a variety of machines and technologies tailored for this very purpose. Our ebook contains all the essential information for creating a more sustainable packaging.

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