For pallet and container companies, it’s tough to keep up with retail demand – moving millions of pallets around the globe daily and ensuring they’ve been painted.
The work is hard. Pallets need to be high quality to accurately represent your brand and your clients’.
Additionally, companies want to save on paint – lowering overall costs and reducing waste. They want their workforce to spend time on what matters – ensuring pallets get to the right locations. Companies want to increase safety, reducing operator fatigue while improving ergonomics.
Ensuring an environmentally friendly process is important as well, as paint can be toxic, especially when it’s not being disposed of correctly.
Read how Elevated Industrial Solutions (Elevate), formerly known as Lane Supply Company (Lane), helped one pallet and container company drive to success.
After visiting a location, Elevated employees, including Jeff Bauer (Industrial Solutions Specialist and Project Manager for this project), noticed paint overspray and wasted paint. The pallet and container company’s workers were hand mixing using inconsistent ratios and the work to add paint and hand-mix was grueling. The paint jobs on the pallets were spotty and inconsistent as well; some pallets were thoroughly covered, and some weren’t.
That’s when Jeff and his team suggested a paint mixing system that provides a consistent mix ratio as well as improved transfer efficiency.
Jeff and his team developed a plan to implement this device at five locations across the U.S. They would measure the difference in productivity and paint consumption to determine cost savings and consistency while gathering anecdotal information on how the process went for the workforce. Gathering both qualitative and quantitative data was important.
The goals included:
Along with that solution they:
After a few months, the team compared data from before and after. They talked with employees, too. Jeff and his team were surprised just how good the results were from qualitative and quantitative data.
“I expected to see an improvement, but the improvement I saw blew me away!” Jeff said.
The team expected annual cost savings but didn’t realize paint consumption would be reduced by 60%. More than that, because they used less paint with a consistent ratio the savings increased phenomenally, all while decreasing the environmental impact.
The team saw …
Besides some of the above cost savings and improvement, there are also soft cost benefits associated with this project:
The best data-point of all was happier workers. They were more productive and safer.
Currently, this pallet company is working with Elevated to install the coating application equipment system used at the five locations across the U.S. Employees at the pallet company want to continue to save money and time while reducing waste and risk. They’re also using the same methodology, ensuring success before moving on.
More than that, this pallet and container company was thrilled at the increased environmental friendliness of this solution as their global owner has a major initiative to reduce environmental impact underway.
“We’re excited to repeat our success,” Jeff said, ready to tackle the next set of locations.
If you’re a company using a lot of paint, we can help. We can provide an industrial solutions specialist to review your needs and bring in other specialists to reduce waste and paint, saving your company money.