SMARTSTAK - SUPERIOR PACKAGING FOR GLASS BOTTLE TRANSPORTATION
Loadhog, the UK-based returnable packaging innovator, developed Smartstak after realising that pallet instability, and the resultant breakages, was the major issue when transporting glass bottles.
The unique intelligent Smartstak system; Smartpad and Smartcap, are made from recycled plastics, at its impressive award winning site in Sheffield.
The Smartpad, with a patented wave-edged profile, has a major impact on glass pallets stability by encouraging bottles, on short or tall packs, to ‘migrate’ to the centre of the pad during the vibration of automated handling and transit. Its wave edge also makes the pad stronger, providing greater longevity typically 100+ trips.
The reusable, recyclable, hygienic and directly interchangeable pad forms a barrier when a pallet is subject to drop and impact forces. The design also facilitates significant benefits for the filler by reducing lost bottles and subsequent cleaning time, increasing line efficiencies
The revolutionary Smartcap is a universal plastic reusable capping tray which, when used in conjunction with the Smartpad, creates a complete, glass bottle packaging system and eliminates cardboard capping trays.
The Smartcap eliminates cardboard providing a significant reduction in CO² emissions. It improves hygiene and performance by providing a waterproof barrier with no spoiled pallets due to moisture spoilage. It is washed and handled in the same manner as the Smartpad.
For superior hygiene Smartpads and Smartcaps are washed in a pool management system at the company’s state-of-art wash plants in its UK headquarters and Portugal.