The Czech division of Pregis Protective Packaging Europe has designed an innovative transit box with internal separators for the transfer of gun parts between manufacturing locations at the factory of specialist arms manufacturer Česká Zbrojovka a.s.
Česká Zbrojovka was seeking an effective means for transferring rifle butts and casings without causing surface damage to the parts during the process. Previously the parts were simply placed into boxes where they could knock against each other.
Working with the customer, the Pregis design team created a number of alternatives before the final selection was made and a sample developed for testing. A critical requirement was to maximise the number of parts that could be transported in one box.
The Pregis solution uses a combination of polypropylene sheet and polyethylene foam to create individual rests for each part, enabling them to be placed securely side by side inside the box without touching. As well as ensuring that the parts do not move during transit, the inserts also provide effective cushioning and impact protection.
The parts are placed lengthways from both ends of the box, meaning that the Pregis pack is able to transport the same number as before but with greatly enhanced protection.
"Pregis demonstrated a clear understanding of our requirements and developed an effective transit pack which met all our objectives," comments a Česká Zbrojovka spokesperson.
"We believe this is the start of a positive working partnership between our two companies."
The Pregis/ Česká Zbrojovka pack was a winner in the Shipping and Industrial Containers category of the Czech Packaging Association’s 2011Packaging of the Year Awards.