At BoldtSmith Packaging, we strive to provide the best possible packaging solution to your customer’s. Our business is data driven, which means we must have data and testing results to determine if we have been successful. We do not make packaging decisions based on information not backed by data.
Our optimized packaging solution must pass through a benchmark test to determine if our design will survive the intended supply chain.
Typically, we will create a custom testing protocol that matches the hazards that occur in our customer’s supply chain. Hazards we typically see include drops, vibration, vertical compression, etc. These hazards are accurately represented during testing in a lab. However, there are some hazards that are difficult to replicate in a lab.
For example, we recently completed a project for a customer having issues shipping palletized 5-gallon buckets. The damage level was low but causing large issues when the palletized loads would tip over during shipping. BoldtSmith Packaging was brought in to complete the following tasks:
- Create a custom testing protocol
- Determine how and why the damage is occurring
- Provide a solution that will pass the custom testing protocol
The information provided on failures during shipping indicated that the issues are occurring from the truck driver clipping a curb and/or hard stops and turns. These hazards are more difficult to represent accurately in a lab in comparison to a standard drop test or vibration profile.
To provide the best possible solution to our customer, we recommended allowing BoldtSmith Packaging to simulate the tests on the road. The testing was completed using 3 control pallets and 3 pallets of our optimized solution. BoldtSmith Packaging rented a moving truck and simulated these tests benchmarking current vs optimized. The goal of the test was to determine:
- Is the optimized packaging better than current?
- If so, how much better?
Our optimized packaging solution survived three times as many hazards before failure. This gave our customer the data necessary to make an informed business decision on their packaging system. Utilizing a data recorder and GoPro camera mounted inside the truck allowed us to capture the testing so we could watch exactly how, when and why the failures occurred.