As the name suggests, reusable packaging is packaging that is used several times and thus over a longer period of time. This includes, for example, containers that circulate in internal logistics - from the sheet metal processor to surface treatment and via pre-assembly directly to installation on the machine. But reusable packaging is also often used in external logistics between different suppliers, for example from the manufacturer of the purchased semi-finished products directly to the machine builder's assembly line.
The difference between disposable and reusable packaging can usually be seen in the appearance and value of the packaging. Disposable packaging is often assembled in a simple manner to save costs. Opening the packaging can often damage it.
With reusable packaging, more is invested in quality and longevity. At Kistag, for example, we use our patented and proven click system. This allows us to offer the ideal packaging with our click boxes, even for smaller machine parts. In this way, suppliers and customers do not need any additional tools to open the packaging; a few simple hand movements are all that is required. We install the appropriate fasteners and padding in the packaging. The parts do not need to be elaborately padded or tied down.
The ecological advantage of reusable packaging is particularly important. While disposable packaging is thrown away and scrapped after a single use, reusable packaging is more resource-friendly. Whenever it makes sense, we therefore advise our customers to use reusable packaging. They protect the environment and ultimately also the wallet. Of course, the initial costs are higher for reusable packaging, but if you calculate the costs over a certain period of time, you save a lot of money compared to disposable packaging. Our containers are in use for ten, fifteen or twenty years - it's worth it! In addition to the ecological and financial advantages, reusable packaging is also much more resistant, of higher quality, and therefore often more practical.
Our reusable packaging actually has no disadvantages. Cost is always a factor with our customers. The longer the packaging is in circulation, the more time can be saved on packing and unpacking. The amount of waste can also be greatly reduced.
The costs are put into perspective when you consider the costs that can arise in the event of damage to the expensive goods being transported.
There is no general answer to this question. The costs are always calculated by the effort. If we only have to produce a simple crate with two or three separating strips, this costs less than a returnable packaging that has an individual interior design with a lot of foam. So it always depends on the particular wishes of our customers. We are also happy to take the time for a more detailed consultation and quotation.
We distinguish between a constructive protection (CNS or treated parts), the coating method (parts are sprayed with oil) the VCI and the desiccant method.
- Constructive protection This should be used with caution for sea freight, as the aggressive sea climate can also cause corrosion on chrome steel parts.
- Coating method Before the machine is put into operation, a very high cleaning effort may be required here.
- VCI method The most common and simplest variant for corrosion protection for up to 18 months. The VCI active ingredient is distributed in the packaging with various carriers. A molecular layer prevents contact of the packaged goods with possible moisture.
- Desiccant method Ideal for moisture-sensitive parts or for long-term protection. The packaged goods are vacuumed and the climate inside is dried out. No condensation = no corrosion.