Packaging optimisation

Packaging optimisation deals with the improvement of the technical features of packaging. Depending on the purpose of the packaging, different aspect can be the primary focus. Identified weaknesses of the currently used packaging, increasing demands by the (end) customer, changes in the market requirements or innovations in the packaging technology, as well as handling problems, can give rise to packaging optimisation.

Another critical factor in the area of packaging optimisation is cost optimisation. Efficient packaging optimisation leads to saving potentials. The costs for purchasing and procurement usually constitute only around 20 to 30 percent of the overall packaging costs. Further costs from various processes as well as logistics are to be added to this. The aim of packaging optimisation is therefore always an increase in efficiency.

Increased utilisation of space can lead to efficiency increases. The optimisation of the packing density is decisive in this case. At times, material optimisations ensure the reduction of costs for transport and disposal and increase the sustainability of the product. Time savings about packaging and transportation and improved protection of the packaged product are also subject to optimisation measures.

Optimisation of process and logistics

Processes in companies have mostly evolved historically. Proven and practised methods are often reluctantly changed. Yet in this area, there are often hidden optimisation potentials. Without being appropriately analysed, these rationalisation potentials remain unexploited and cause unnecessarily high costs. This is because the process and logistics costs constitute a significantly higher proportion of the overall costs than the manufacturing and procurement costs of the packaging.

For a successful packaging optimisation, the processes within the logistics of a company must be analysed. This includes administration (f. ex. scheduling), commissioning, packaging and shipping as well as storage and transport. Naturally, the client’s needs also flow into the optimisation process.

In case of reusable packaging, the packaging optimisation must nowadays consider the requirements of entire supply chains. Therefore, the packaging costs across the whole value chain must be considered. That way, in the case of automotive suppliers, one and the same container can accompany several production steps. This increases the complexity of the requirements so that a whole team of packaging specialists is needed to find an optimal solution.

Optimisation and analysis of packaging to increase efficiency and reduce costs

DELTA Packaging has such specialists and supports its clients in the area of packaging optimisation. In the course of the packaging analysis, we check the unexploited potential for the optimisation of processes and costs. We find optimal packaging for your products. And should such not yet exist, we create it for you. At the same time, we produce prototypes from various materials, individually matched to your requirements. 

The benefit to you: You benefit by receiving packaging solutions from one supplier; beginning by the packaging analysis via the optimisation of processes and logistics, the development of prototypes to the finished packaging. It is, therefore, possible to adapt existing prototypes for different purposes and to reduce the multitude of different packages.

For this reason, the packaging manufacturers increasingly transform themselves from real production companies to service providers who no longer sell products off the shelf to their clients but offer assistance in the development and optimisation of packaging. This way, the client can benefit from the interdisciplinary knowledge of the packaging service provider and focus on his own core competences.

Optimisation of the volume usage

At the same time, we also ensure to optimise the degree of volume usage. Naturally, high-quality and delicate goods must be perfectly packaged. If, however, there is an unnecessarily large amount of “air”, this results in higher material costs and in particular also more upper storage and logistics costs. Also, a low degree of volume usage generates more packaging waste, which results in lower sustainability and use of resources.