Glossary - DELTA Packaging

Modular packaging

Modular packages have standard dimensions, to enable the combined use of several loading units with different sizes. Their sizes are coordinated in such a way, that packages of different sizes can be combined into one package.

An illustrative example of modular packaging is beer crates. There are two standard sizes, normal and half-size. These crates are modular as both sizes can be stacked on top of each other without any problem. As both are of the same height, they can be placed together with a package of the same height regardless of the packing sequence. They can comfortably be transported on a single pallet.

The same principle applies to the use of modular packages in the industry sector. Their advantage lies in their excellent stackability, which allows efficient use of storage and transport capacities. It is not sufficient for modular containers to protect the packaged goods from damage; they must also have enough carrying capacity. This is the reason why robust materials such as plastic and corrugated board are predominantly used for disposable or reusable containers.
Other modular systems not only feature stackability, but on the ability to combine several smaller packages with the minimum waste of space, by packing  inside one another instead of on top of each other.

In particular, within supply chains, but also in in-house traffic, the modular packaging is the medium of choice when it is about guaranteeing smooth processes in the packaging cycle. In the process, modular, reusable containers accompany the individual production steps from semi-finished products to the finished product, partially beyond company boundaries. The standardisation of the individual packaging components thereby offers high cost-effectiveness, as it saves on packing times and ensures optimal usage of space.