Engineered Solutions Eliminate WIP Costs

Posted by Universal Package Team on Wed, Jun 27, 2018


Providing quality packaging solutions and plastic containers is our job, but our goal is to make sure our WIP clients are also operating as efficiently as possible. By supplying materials, other than containers, clients seen have great improvements in their processes, WIP hurdles, and manufacturing bottlenecks.

Heavy Equipment Remanufacturing Client

This client makes money processing and remanufacturing heavy truck equipment by tearing down air compressors, rebuilding completely and then painting. Universal was originally asked to quote paper paint masking templates for use during the parts painting process. The client’s original process required die cut paper templates and wire attachment ties to cover machined areas so paint would not touch.

Process & Engineered Solution

After learning the client’s process and discussing with paint booth operators, we found the time to tie the masks in place was double that of the actual painting process. Further discussion revealed all parts being painted were made of steel. We suggested switching the paper mask templates to flexible, die cut magnetic sheets, the same material used for refrigerator doors magnets.

Client Efficiencies & Gains

The time to place the magnetic masks on the steel parts versus wiring the paper masks in place was reduced dramatically. The client reported throughput of parts increased 10 times than what they could originally process. An added benefit, the plastic magnets can also be reused a minimum of 8 times. This bonus, coupled with the increased output virtually eliminated the entire previous cost associated with this process.

Contact us to discuss streamlining your processes or design your next custom solution. 

Tags: industrial packaging, custom solutions, work in process

Proof Plastic Industrial Containers Increase Efficiency and Business Growth

Posted by Universal Package Team on Wed, May 30, 2018


Any industry or business can benefit from using fabricated plastic containers and packaging. The key is finding what problem the client is experiencing, listening to their ideas to solve those problems, and offering experience when giving them affordable, workable solutions.

Reusable hand totes and collapsible bulk containers are widely used for industrial purposes and are quite popular in the Automotive Industry. These containers have been developed specifically to reduce packaging costs, while also eliminating damage and contamination of parts during the assembly and transportation process.

While the automotive industry is by far the major user of these products, other industries can benefit too. Aerospace, Pharmaceutical, Medical Equipment, Agriculture, Food, Beverage, Appliance, Construction Heavy Equipment, and Distribution companies are just a few of the industries that face the same packaging difficulties as the auto industry.

The main benefit to using industrial containers and interior packaging is the standardization in the parts supply chain. When we partner with clients to create a packaging system, the benefits are derived from maximizing their packaging dollars by investing in returnable containers. This results in better protection, ease of handling, and reduction of storage space to start. 

How Universal Can Help

Our industrial stackable and collapsible containers not only reduce packaging costs through reuse, but also eliminate costly warehouse rack systems.

Client Problem:

A large manufacturer of high tech oil drilling equipment needed more space to handle their subassemblies, outside purchased components and in-house fabricated parts to support a 20% increase in their business.

They had traditionally used racks to store parts in corrugated boxes or wood crates. The boxes and crates were of various sizes for different parts, as well as various box sizes for similar components.

Universal Packaging Solution:

We systemized and standardized reusable collapsible containers to hold these parts. Bar Code identification labels were placed in cardholders attached to the container, identifying each part inside the containers.

The containers now stack up to 6 high using existing floor space. They actually reduced the amount of space required for storage even while increasing their production by 20%. They have eliminated a large amount of the rack system and are reporting faster “order picking” of line required components.

By offering our unique capabilities and excellent client service, we are confident we can greatly improve efficiencies within your company. Universal Package has invested heavily in specialty equipment and training to become a leader in industrial container fabrication and modification.

Contact us today and tell us more about your business, or give us a call at (866) 875-9918 to further discuss your packaging efficiency needs.

Tags: reusable containers, packaging systems, industrial packaging

Plastic Industrial Packaging Used For Work In Process Solutions

Posted by Universal Package Team on Tue, Apr 17, 2018


Plastic returnable containers were originally developed for the automotive industry in the U.S. The industry recognized the cost savings when shipping parts from vendors to their assembly plants in plastic returnable packaging.

Today, since the majority of incoming shipments come from the same locations and require multiple shipments a day for process, the cost reductions can be seen immediately.

Industries such as pharmaceuticals and companies producing medical devices and products are transitioning rapidly to plastic corrugated shipping and WIP containers. The need to eliminate contaminants and gain the cost savings associated with returnable packaging is driving the transition.

Agriculture, Aerospace and Distribution Fulfillment centers are few other industries in which solid growth and demand for plastic corrugated containers can be seen.

Food, fish, poultry, and fresh vegetables, which require cold environments, are where more and more plastic corrugated containers are being used to store, ship and display products. Plastic corrugated heat sealed containers are proving to be a successful solution for keeping these products fresh and safe for buyer consumption.

Plastic Corrugated Boxes for Work In Process Applications

Plastic corrugated boxes and packaging are filling the some needs paper boxes can’t.

A large majority of manufacturing and distribution companies are replacing their paper containers with plastic corrugated containers. The longevity and elimination of contaminants (associated with paper containers) are major factors in why many manufacturers are making the switch to plastic.

Another benefit to plastic corrugated containers is they can be made to for easy visual recognition. Specific colors can be chosen for plastic corrugated containers to reduce mistakes and enhance production within any workflow or industrial process.

Plastic packaging is ideal for many of our industrial manufacturing clients, it lasts for years and when it is worn beyond repair it can be recycled. Give us a call (812) 937-3605, or contact us to discuss your industrial packaging needs.

Tags: reusable containers, packaging systems, engineered packaging, industrial packaging

Industrial Packaging Solutions Showcase

Posted by Universal Package Team on Thu, Dec 28, 2017


Universal strives to create an experience that streamlines the time you need to spend on packaging by offering products and services all in one place, that other companies will not or cannot provide.

Universal Package is a one-stop shop for reusable packaging.

We are a full manufacturing facility as well as a distributor of standard containers and totes. When you work with us you are not working with a middle-man. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service and working with our customers to provide a complete packaging solution.

We are constantly growing and improving our equipment and processes to allow for more packaging options and efficient production time. Through all of our growth we still maintain a “job shop” mentality which allows us to react quickly to our customer’s needs and allow for a greater flexibility with our scheduling to take care of our customers.

Package Engineering and Production

Our designers are able to take a customer’s existing CAD part file and integrate it into our software to create a truly custom engineered packaging solution. We are able to illustrate part fit and get a better “nest” of parts to maximize part density and therefore reduce cost for our customers.

This also allows us to visualize potential problems without having to create multiple samples, which cuts cost and time for our customers.

Our goal is the right fit the first time and our design department and sales staff work closely to make sure the packaging we engineer meet or exceed the customer’s expectations. Even if that means using multiple materials and trying various design combinations to create the perfect packaging system.

Universal Package is about creating a complete packaging solution, not just a box.

Contact us to discuss your packaging needs or design your next custom packaging solution. 

Tags: returnable containers, reusable containers, packaging systems, engineered packaging, industrial packaging