All Orbis articles – Page 2

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    The long way home

    2019-01-22T12:24:00Z

    For inbound automotive supply chains, returnable packaging just makes sense. No carmaker wants to spend money on wood, paper and cardboard again and again, only to have to fork out straight away for costly waste disposal.

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    Smart packaging: The quest for greater precision

    2017-07-17T12:33:15Z

    Packaging is one area in the automotive supply chain in which greater connectivity and ‘internet of things’ (IoT) devices have the potential to make significant improvements. Many of the chronic issues that accompany the management and flow of equipment, including missing or incorrect containers, damage to parts, as well as ...

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    Orbis hires Mathes as VP of manufacturing for plastics division

    2016-12-07T09:36:20Z

    US reusable packaging manufacturer Orbis has appointed Todd Mathes (pictured) as vice-president of manufacturing for its plastics operations.Mathes has over 25 years of manufacturing, marketing sales and new business experience. He joins from Berry Plastics Corp, where he most recently served as vice-president of manufacturing operations.Orbis president, Bill Ash, said: ...

  • David Heer
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    Orbis puts Heer in the hot seat for Europe

    2016-09-28T11:09:26Z

    US reusable packaging manufacturer Orbis has appointed David Heer (pictured) as senior commercial director for Orbis Europe. In his new role, Heer is responsible for leading the firm’s reusable packaging expansion in Europe.“We are thrilled to welcome David to the Orbis team. His involvement in diverse, multinational business environments makes ...

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    Packaging: Thinking smarter outside the box

    2016-07-20T16:34:52Z

    [sta_anchor id="1"]Tracking technology is playing an ever greater role in the effectiveness of returnable packaging, but still has some way to go before it becomes ubiquitousTracking returnable containers, racks and pallets has come a long way during the past few years, and while barcoding is still the dominant technology, radio ...

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    Unpacking conventional wisdom

    2016-04-01T09:00:31Z

    Whether one-way or returnable, owned by OEMs and tier suppliers or rented from specialist providers, current packaging models are being re-evaluated in the search for efficiency and cost-savings. Within the North American manufacturing operations of global automotive supplier Magna International, a fascinating pilot project is underway. After a year-long study ...

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    Subaru of Indiana wins reusable packaging award

    2015-10-14T16:12:10Z

    Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) has significantly increased the use of reusable packaging, and won the RPA’s 2015 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award for its efforts, that have saved millions and had a positive environmental impact.SIA had an 89% usage rate of reusable packaging for North American supplier direct delivered ...

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    Packing a punch in Mexico

    2015-05-14T15:55:47Z

    Mexico’s rise is bringing growth in packaging supply and solutions, but a lack of standards could put supply chain efficiency at risk.Mexico is one of the hottest countries for automotive production growth right now, and the staggering increase of automotive production in the country has touched every aspect of the ...

  • DHL250215ISOBIN
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    To protect and serve

    2015-04-07T12:00:07Z

    The conflicting demands of part protection, transport efficiency and line-side access often require innovative solutions from packaging designersCarmakers and their suppliers increasingly recognise the importance of getting inbound packaging right, to boost quality by eliminating transit damage, save costs by allowing more components to be squeezed into a truck, and ...

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    Global conference: Automotive is the benchmark for logistics in Mexico

    2014-09-24T10:19:42Z

    While automotive is not the only industry with a focus on the development of Mexico as a production and export base, it seems customers from other sectors are looking to the logistics processes it employs as the benchmark for their own inbound strategies.“Companies have approached us in other industries and ...

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    How best to track the pack?

    2014-09-23T17:26:02Z

    Recently developed RFID tags are becoming gradually more accessible to the masses, but do the benefits of this technology outweigh its initial expense.Track-and-trace technology enables users to locate and identify items throughout the supply chain. Methods adopted for such purposes on the returnable transit packaging used for moving automotive components ...

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    OEMs may be buying too much packaging

    2014-03-14T10:02:41Z

    Packaging provider Orbis released figures suggesting that container and rack inventory in the automotive sector can be overstocked by as much as 30%.Dan Roovers (pictured), vice-president for automotive sales at the company, told delegates at the Automotive Logistics Europe conference that the automotive industry had a tendency to manage packaging ...

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    Getting to the point of return

    2014-02-27T21:11:39Z

    As China’s use of returnable packaging for automotive parts grows, the need for standardisation has become increasingly importantThe move towards wider use of returnable packaging is gaining momentum in China, although it still has a long way to go. Increasing the use of such equipment still depends largely on further ...

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    This year’s Europe conference is streaming Live online!

    2014-02-26T19:06:22Z

    This year's Automotive Logistics Europe conference, being held in Bonn, Germany, is now live streaming debate and offering those in direct attendance, and those with an interest abroad, the ability to participate online.Once again the conference has filled the stylish and spacious Kameha Grand Hotel on the banks of the ...

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    Orbis introduces sealed edge parts packaging

    2014-01-15T14:39:09Z

    Sustainable packaging provider, Orbis, has introduced a new, sealed-edge technology for the packing and delivery of automotive parts. The company, which stated its interest in improving inventory control and enhancing the safety of its workers, implemented the new design as an alternative to the stitched, top-edge or folded over design ...

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    Is expendable packaging too expensive?

    2013-12-09T17:21:22Z

    Depending on its use, received wisdom about one-way packaging in the automotive supply chain does not necessarily applyIn this story... Tipping toward one-way Returnable reasoning Container risks Mixed solutionsIn an assembly plant somewhere in Detroit, there’s something going on that, according to conventional automotive industry custom and practice, shouldn’t be. ...

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    Packaging: to own, or not to own?

    2013-07-01T23:01:44Z

    What influences OEMs and suppliers in their decision to own or outsource packaging in different regions? The approaches vary considerable and depend on factors ranging from the existence or non-existence of standards, as well the types of parts flowsIN THIS STORY... ​Questions of ownershipReasons to outsourceRegional variationsContainer evolution The automotive ...

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    Packaged for prime protection

    2013-04-01T11:47:25Z

    Aftermarket differencesPackaging methodsReusable packaging and cardboardDunnage and foamMarcia MacLeod reports on the requirements for packaging in the aftermarket and finds that while processes vary by OEM and by region, its importance is greater than ever.With milkrun, sequencing and just-in-time supply chains dominating automotive production, plants are used to seeing parts ...

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    Gleaming the cube

    2013-01-01T17:04:40Z

    Simple, standardised packaging can help achieve increased container fill, flexibility and safety.The globalisation of automotive supply chains has prompted many changes in the packaging of automotive parts. Most parts moving in markets across Asia are shipped in expendable packaging, as are parts shipped across continents. There are some signs that ...

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    Readying the new model army

    2012-07-01T16:30:50Z

    What happens when?;Bridging the distance;Value added;From concept to execution;Innovative concepts;Environmental considerations.New model programmes present the biggest opportunity to improve the performance of inbound packaging, but is the industry making the best use if it? Jonathan Ward reportsPackaging decisions in vehicle manufacture are intimately linked to new model programmes. While carmakers, ...