Address movement in transit issues to save costs & delight customers

Address movement in transit issues to save costs & delight customers

It seems to have become globally accepted that no pallet of goods will ever arrive in perfect condition. Manufacturers write off huge percentages of their profits because products are damaged on the way to customers. Damaged goods then become waste – which is bad for the environment and the producer’s bottom line.

Pallets experience a range of movement in transit (MIT) issues that result in damage to the stacked and wrapped products. By addressing at these ‘pain points’, we can improve performance, helping you to save money, reduce waste and delight customers.

Before goods are even loaded onto a pallet, it’s important that the primary, secondary and tertiary packaging is up to scratch. Each type of packaging has a specific job to do in terms of protecting the product on its journey from the producer to the consumer.

Once product packaging has been optimised, pallet stability needs to be challenged. From stacking patterns to using the appropriate level of stretch on a wrap, there are several factors where MIT issues could lead to product damage in transit.

Wrapping issues that result in movement in transit

Shrink wrap comes in a variety of weights with different gauges of stretch. It’s important to select the best type of wrap for your products. Cutting costs by choosing an inferior wrap can have a detrimental effect further down the line as wrap that isn’t the correct gauge for the application can significantly reduce the stability of the pallet leading to in-transit or unloading breakages.

Wrapping machines should be serviced and calibrated regularly to ensure that film is properly stretched to secure the pallet. Ensure that goods are properly locked to the pallet by choosing a lock-out method that is appropriate for the film and the load.

As the Plastics Packaging Tax has pushed more manufacturers to using film with a higher recycled content, it’s important to note that the temperature settings on wrapping machines may need adjusting to enable optimum performance of the wrap.

Stacking issues that result in movement in transit

Incorrect stacking patterns can affect pallet stability and cause goods to slip and slide even when correctly wrapped.

Poor quality corrugated packaging can crush when being wrapped as it cannot withstand the pressure of the film and the incorrect use or lack of layer pads can also result in product damage

Other issues to consider

With plastic packaging being reduced across the board, new MIT issues have arisen for our experts to mitigate. For example, the lightweighting of plastic bottles means that they are more susceptible to crushing.

Printed carboard boxes and cartons slide against each other on the pallet, so a much stiffer film is needed to reduce movement. Biodegradable and plant-based plastic alternative packaging often lacks the stability afforded by plastic, so more care must be taken to effectively secure the load.

There is a better way

Making sure that you are addressing all of these pain points doesn’t have to be trial and error. Lindum’s Mobile Pallet Stability Test Lab can test the performance of stacked pallets. It uses an on-board accelerator bench that simulates the stresses a loaded pallet is subject to when a vehicle brakes suddenly. The deflection and movements in the pallet are measured at a range of pre-set G forces and the data is analysed to determine pallet stability performance in accordance with the EUMOS standard.

Immediate feedback is provided so that pallets can be adjusted and re-tested there and then. This unique process provides the perfect formula for stacked and wrapped pallets that will arrive in the best possible condition. You’ll no longer need to worry about the risks that come with inconclusive transit trials or the reputational costs of delivering damaged goods to your customers.

Get in touch with our team to organise a session with our experts and say goodbye to costly MIT issues.