Pak West Pallet Case Study

The Optimized Solution


Paint, Building Materials


Stretch Film, Pallet Wrappers


Damage Reduction, Freight Reduction, Labor Savings

Pak West Pallet Case Study

Painting a streamlined picture of process procedures

“Pak West did an exemplary job of executing the program with a combination of hands-on
management and a consistent communication of metrics to keep the program in alignment. Pak
West’s commitment to excellence kept the program running with a high degree of success throughout the length of the contract.”

Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager

The Client

An industrial company

The Situation

A provider of paints and coatings and also a producer of specialty chemicals, this company operates with numerous smaller brands in the United States and 50+ other countries around the world. In 2009, with 38 pallet wrappers already in use in 6 locations in the US, Pak West was chosen to install a new pallet wrapper in one of their Southern California locations. The company soon realized the processes provided by Pak West would help with their operating procedures at all locations.

The Challenge

Pak West Pallet Case StudyBecause they had no corporate wrapping system in place, the client asked Pak West to assist in the optimization of their pallet wrappers. They were running their process without specifications and each location was wrapping their buckets of paint with different brands and gauges of film, different number of wraps, and different containment forces. All of these internal variations were causing shipment failure associated costs and other losses linked with direct costs in the wraps.

The Solution

Glidden Paint Cans ImprovedReplicating the process that was being utilized with the newly installed pallet wrapper, Pak West was able to design a program that established baseline metrics that facilitated a streamlined course of action for their pallet wrappers across all locations. This restructuring lowered overall total cost, average process time, and machine maintenance intervals. 1 million pounds (10%) per year cost avoidances in pre-cycling and recycling were also realized, which lowered the company’s carbon footprint by 2 million pounds of CO2. In 3 years the company apprehended over $1 million (around 30%) in cumulative savings (despite the 24.5% resin hike in that time) and still continue to realize overall cost savings today.

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