Challenge: A government agency asked Skolnik to manufacture an oversized container suitable for use as HazMat packaging. However, due to the excessive size requirement, the overall dimensions of the drum would reduce trailer capacity. Thus, each shipment would be costly. Skolnik was tasked with developing an improved way to ship the oversized drums.
Solution: We relentlessly investigated alternative methods for shipping the oversized drums. The conventional method of shipment is to vertically stretch wrap the drums to a pallet. With the drum height 35" and the trailer height 102", even packing each pallet two drums high still resulted in a 30% underutilized shipment. Confident that there was a better way, we collaborated with a pallet manufacturing company to develop a horizontal palletizing concept that used customized pallets to cradle each drum.
Even though the pallets were individually designed to fit the oversized drums, the cost was reasonable, and the sideways design allowed three HazMat containers to be stacked on top of each other. This lateral pallet configuration yielded yet another unexpected advantage—a forklift truck could now be used for loading and unloading, making the process faster than manual handling.
Results: Skolnik utilized nearly 100% of the trailer capacity, reduced initial shipping costs by 50% and accelerated the loading and unloading process.Back to Case Studies