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Transporting fresh fruits and vegetables from farmland to consumers’ refrigerators safely and quickly requires a lot of packaging, most of which end up in landfills. But now there is a new option. The new Rapid Roper sustainable load control system from Rapid Technologies Group, the operations division of Allied Packaging Inc., can reduce or eliminate the need for diagonal plates and straps for combination. This enhances sustainability by reducing economic and environmental waste.
Due to its achievements in sustainable development, this containment alternative to pallet corners and strapping has been shortlisted in the final of the Design Optimization Innovation category of the Sustainable Packaging Alliance's 2021 SPC Innovator Award.
Rapid Roper is designed to optimize the handling of fresh produce and other products that require ventilation. By using its proprietary Rapid Film super stretch film and unique lateral applications, the Rapid Roper system can effectively hold the load while maintaining air flow and ventilation, which is essential to ensure proper transportation and storage of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The savings are considerable. In a typical citrus factory operation that outputs 500 pallets per day throughout the year, Rapid Roper can achieve:
• Load stability is increased by 75%, which helps reduce the possibility of load failure and subsequent food waste. • The cost of packaging materials has been reduced by 72% due to the reduction in the use of stretch films, strapping, gussets, and the reduction of landfill dumping fees. • Packaging waste was reduced by 91%, mainly by eliminating gussets and strapping. • Reduce greenhouse gas production by at least 50%. Savings are a combination of reducing material usage and significantly increasing throughput savings.
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In addition, Rapid Film can be recycled. Customers are currently recycling it back to industrial film for packaging and bags. Therefore, non-recyclable palletizing materials can be eliminated.
Bob Kayser, vice president of sales and marketing at Rapid Technologies, said: "In the long run, an 8-ounce Rapid Film can complete the typical stretch packaging, strapping, and gusset work of 5.4 pounds, a 91% reduction in cost and a 72% reduction in cost. For A typical facility that packs 500 pallets per day is equivalent to saving 717,000 pounds of materials and $336,000 per facility per year."
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