3rd December 2013
Smurfit Kappa has been presented with the EuroPack Euromanut CFIA 2013 Innovation Award in the Ergonomics & Practicality category for its comprehensive solution to provide assistance in pallet box filling.
At a time when musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the leading and constantly increasing cause of occupational diseases in France, Smurfit Kappa has developed an innovative, cost-effective, and highly effective solution to create an ergonomically and ecologically sound work environment.
MSDs represent 85% of the overall cases of occupational diseases and are responsible for 9.7 million lost workdays and 930 million euros in costs *.
Smurfit Kappa's Easy Co-Packing System would prevent MSDs in workers who repeatedly bend to fill boxes, therefore reducing back problems in factory workers.
The solution is comprised of a simple mechanized system, and of a 100% paper-based pallet-box with a corrugated pallet, available in all standard dimensions.
The Easy Co-Packing system is intended for the ergonomic automation of corrugated pallet box filling.
The solution functions in a similar fashion to a jack and is easily integrated into production line picking.
As each layer of goods is loaded, a pedal controls the raising and lowering of a plate inside the container.
The system thus ensures:
- consistent filling levels
- reduced risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
With a set-up time shorter than conventional co-packing systems, the Smurfit Kappa solution provides increased productivity: pallets are automatically locked onto the box when filling is terminated, thus eliminating the assembly stage of conventional solutions.
The Easy Co-packing solution is a 100% cardboard solution. The pallet box can thus be recycled in its entirety without the need to separate materials.
"We are greatly honored to have won the 2013 Innovation Awards. The work of our R & D teams and design offices has enabled Smurfit Kappa to retain its position as leader in France by offering innovative service solutions to our clients." says Patrick Lannay, Smurfit Kappa France, Sales & Marketing Director.
* Source 2010 – CNAM, France (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)