New packaging for moulds
In the past, our moulds were stuck on small sheets of PVC and packed in a plastic bag. This method served our customers well for a long time. However, we thought there was room for improvement.
Our colleagues Angelique, Cees and our intern Nathan van der Neut have developed a new packing method in close collaboration with our supplier of packaging material Weststrate. However, Weststrate proved to be more than just a supplier and acted as a true partner and helped us consistently, patiently and pro-actively for more than a year with our trial-and-error development process. So, here is a well-deserved and big thank you from us to Maikel Simonse and Martin Goossen from Weststrate!
Now, right after casting the plaster moulds, we put the moulds in custom made aluminium crates that stack well and are open all around for perfect airflow (yes, airflow is not only important for board design!) for thorough drying of the plaster moulds in our ovens. Then, we developed a customised vacuum forming device that can accurately seal the moulds in a thin sheet of transparent PVC on a special kind of carton. These go straight into a carton box that no longer needs Styrofoam surrounding it.
The new packaging method offers some important benefits:
- Environmentally friendly (reduction of Styrofoam of more than 50%)
- Reduction of PVC of more than 80%
- Lower shipping costs (less 'air' is in the carton, so smaller packages are being moved around the world and this also means lower shipping costs for our customers)
- Less breakage (better protection against damages during transport, less breakage of moulds)
- Better hygiene (clean packaging)
- Better control (customers can easily check the quality and quantity of the moulds)
- Better storage (no more double-sided tape that can get stuck to the moulds)
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