Are you a Saint or a Sinner when it comes to keeping your transit packaging clean?

Are you a Saint or a Sinner when it comes to keeping your transit packaging clean?

As with any other form of washing, there are four key factors: temperature, time, chemistry and mechanical force. The concept was created by Dr Herbert Sinner in 1959 when he was head chemist of the Henkel detergent department. In the case of RTP, mechanical force refers to water pressure. Keeping reusable transit packaging (RTP) maintained is vital for effective and safe operations, part of which includes regular and effective cleaning. Factor 1: Action Temperature Dr Sinner's Circle describes an economical, ideal cleaning process with a perfect interaction of the four parameters to ensure optimum removal of soil and maximum care of the load being processed.  The sum of the parts should always equal 100%, meaning that if one parameter is reduced, other factors must be increased to compensate. Temperature is…
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Maintenance key to getting the most from reusable packaging

Over the past five years, reusable transit packaging (RTP) has seen a significant increase in popularity, thanks to its significant environmental, cost and hygiene benefits. However, if not treated with respect and maintained properly, it can prove to be a costly decision for businesses. As converting to reusable packaging can represent a major investment for organisations, especially SMEs, it pays to keep it well maintained. That’s why Packaging Services Europe (PSE), the UK’s leading provider of wash, inspect and repair services for plastic pallets, crates and folding large containers, has developed its services to support companies in their transition to reusable packaging. As part of the transition to reusable packaging, key dynamics such as asset longevity are paramount as part of the return on investment debate. Therefore, capturing damage and…
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PSE grows reusable transit packaging operations in Ireland

Leading reusable transit packaging support services provider, Packaging Services Europe Ltd (PSE), has expanded its operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with facilities in both Dublin and Belfast. The sites join PSE’s original Nuneaton operation and are set to be followed by further growth in the network over the coming year. The business, which provides wash , inspect and repair services for reusable transit packaging in the FMCG, automotive, engineering and retail sectors is now able to assist companies in delivering against asset utilisation and product lifespan requirements in Ireland too. Jane Gorick, co-founder at PSE, said: “For businesses operating in Ireland and Northern Ireland, it does not make commercial or environmental sense to ship packaging to mainland UK to be washed, inspected or repaired. As such, it was important to us…
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An industry leader in plastic pallet servicing

Although in its relative infancy, RTP – durable, multi-use transport devices such as plastic pallets– has already undergone a revolution. The basic principle of RTP sees equipment delivered to the supplier or producer, packed with goods and then delivered to an end user. In many cases, the packaging is then collected for washing and inspection before being returned into the closed logistics loop. The genesis of PSE came when co-founders, Andrew Parkinson, an expert in the design and maintenance of hygienic washing systems and Jane Gorick, a leading figure in the UK’s logistics sector for over thirty years’ who previously built pallet pooling specialist LPR’s UK presence, noticed a small but significant gap in the pallet market. They recognised that the durability and improved integrity of plastic pallets over their…
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PSE’s pallet services grow with investment in the North

In May 2017, leading reusable packaging support services provider, Packaging Services Europe Ltd (PSE), confirmed a substantial investment in a 30,000 sq ft site in Leeds as part of its commitment to providing nationwide coverage for its wash, inspect and repair services. The development, near Gelderd Road, Leeds, initially created 10 new jobs. Just over 12 months after the business launched, Leeds is the fourth site to go live in PSE’s network, following on from Nuneaton, Belfast and Dublin. PSE has enjoyed strong and consistent growth since its launch in 2016. Established by Jane Gorick, formerly of CHEP and LPR, and Andrew Parkinson, co-founder of CEL (Customate Europe Ltd) and Numafa Cleaning & Automation UK, PSE provides a tailored packaging wash, inspect and repair service for reusable pallets and crates. Working…
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A clean break: RTP and maintaining pallet hygiene

More and more FMCG manufacturers are opting for returnable transit packaging (RTP), thanks to the significant cost savings and environmental benefits it can deliver. But what should logistics managers look for when choosing RTP options, and how can they best consider pallet hygiene?  For the UK’s food and drink manufacturers, the benefits of RTP are clear. By reducing the amount of one trip-packaging used, organisations can not only save costs on purchasing replacement pallets but also create significant carbon savings. This is increasingly important as businesses seek to meet more stringent corporate social responsibility guidelines on sustainability. In most cases, however, this is where businesses stop thinking about packaging. In doing so, they ignore what is perhaps the most important stage of the process – the maintenance of the packaging.…
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Automation and reusability core to supply chain success in 2018

From multimodality to leading-edge truck platooning trials, few sectors are as open to embracing innovative concepts and technology as the logistics industry. Here, Jane Gorick, co-founder of Packaging Services Europe, a frontline support service provider for returnable transit packaging (RTP), looks ahead at the key concepts she believes will shape the logistics sector across 2018 and beyond. Warehouse automation and RTP “In a sector always looking to drive efficiency without compromising quality, automation plays an increasingly important role within the supply chain. Looking ahead, I would expect to see the role of traditional supply chain elements – such as pallets and other load carriers – further evolve to meet the demands of automated storage and retrieval systems.“Automated handling requires that the unit load – be it a carton, crate, tray…
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PSE delivers for Ocado

Packaging Services Europe (PSE) has announced a new relationship with one of Britain’s largest retailers. As the leading specialist service provider for reusable transit packaging, PSE will provide its tailored wash and inspection services to the storage and delivery totes for online retail giant Ocado. Since its establishment in 2000, Ocado has grown to become one of the UK’s biggest online retailers and now achieves more than £1bn worth of sales every year. The new deal with Ocado is one of the biggest client wins yet for PSE. Founded in January 2016, the organisation’s varied client list includes business from across the FMCG, automotive and retail sectors. Speaking of the win, Jane Gorick, co-founder of PSE, said: “We’re incredibly excited to confirm a new partnership with one of Britain’s best…
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PSE shows commitment to supply chain with ISO 22000

Little more than 12 months after launching in the UK, Packaging Services Europe Ltd (PSE) has achieved ISO 22000 food safety management standard. The accreditation demonstrates the leading reusable transit packaging support service provider’s commitment to excellence in the supply chain. ISO 22000 is more than just a quality management system for the food industry; it also incorporates HACCP and other preventive plans that ensure food safety. The certification has been awarded to PSE for its ongoing commitment to ensuring the reduction and elimination of food safety risks in its pallet wash operations. PSE’s continuous drive for quality innovation and best practice customer service has played a pivotal role in its success to date, with clients representing industries as diverse as food and drink, medical, automotive and engineering. Andrew Parkinson,…
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PSE celebrates one year anniversary

Leading packaging service provider, Packaging Services Europe Ltd (PSE), is celebrating its first anniversary. Established in 2016 by Jane Gorick, formerly of LPR and CHEP, and Andrew Parkinson, co-founder of CEL (Customate Europe Ltd) and managing director of Numafa Cleaning & Automation UK, PSE provides a tailored packaging wash, inspect and repair service for reusable pallets and crates. Businesses benefiting from the service to maintain hygiene and quality standards operate across a broad range of sectors, including FMCG, automotive, engineering and retail. Andrew Parkinson, co-founder at PSE, said: “The combined experience we have across the industrial washing sector helped us to realise a gap in the market for a specialist service provider for reusable transit packaging (RTP). Our comprehensive solution for RTP utilises our expertise in mechanical engineering and we…
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