Case Studies - Postal Services
The Australian national postal operator, Australia Post, was looking for a way to improve operational efficiencies in all areas of the business.
Milford offered to collaborate with Australia Post to map out ways to improve return freight efficiencies within the mail distribution network, and thereafter commenced a major development project with the national parcels and postal operator, targeting the creation of a folding logistics container to replace the existing rigid sided container.
The rigid sided container that was in use at the time caused significant volume and cost inefficiencies on the return leg of long haul destinations and the operator was keen to reduce or remove these inefficiencies.
The development project resulted in the cubic volume of empty logistics containers reducing by more than 70% delivering significant cost reductions to Australia Post.
Now almost twenty years later Australia Post is continuing to enjoy reduced operating costs and improved operating efficiencies, and ongoing product improvements. This continued development is improving the carbon footprint of the organisation by further optimising logistics performance whilst reducing the tare weight of the folding container, created during the earlier project.
Storing and mixing chemicals is specialist work, and requires high quality containers to ensure no environmental hazards in the production, storage and transportation process.
Milford IBC was engaged to manufacture a robust galvanised steel mesh container to securely house and protect the heavy duty plastic bottle required to safely store a wide range of chemicals. These containers are independently certified by Australian safety authorities for use over a full ten year period in this hazardous environment.
The new container developed in consultation with the customer offers improved storage efficiency when compared to drums and other previously used containers. It also delivers improved operating efficiency by allowing fewer changeovers, as well as removing the need to dispose of single use drums and other containers.
A major Australian logistics company was experiencing significant levels of damage and loss during the process of packing, storing and shipping irregular shaped automotive panels and auto glass.
They approached Milford IBC to develop a tailored solution which would reduce this damage, and improve transport efficiency.
Milford IBC designed and delivered a folding steel framed pallet container with protective plastic panels on all sides.
This folding container was created with a range of internal capacities from 1m3 up to 5.4 m3 and the use of these containers delivered immediate reductions in transit damage, and improved packaging safety and delivery performance.
A major multi national processor of breakfast cereals and grains was experiencing product damage and financial losses resulting from the use of lightweight cardboard semi bulk containers.
In addition, their packaging equipment was under-utilised as a result of frequent stoppages to allow the changeover of ingredients. There were also the environmental and cost issues surrounding the use of single use packaging.
Milford IBC was approached to design a reusable container solution to assist the cereal manufacturer improve efficiencies, and minimise packaging waste.
Milford IBC was able to offer the processor a reusable folding food grade container which significantly reduced waste, and the cost of packaging materials, and allowed existing cereal production equipment to operate at full capacity, not being restricted by carton change over time.
Outdoor Vision Panels
An Australian company with a global market, Clipsal Vision worked over a number of years to develop and create an outdoor large format public broadcast screen.
After development of the screen, Milford was engaged to assist with the creation of a demountable rolling cage which could simplify installation of the individual electronic panels whilst ensuring product safety during transport and storage.
Milford created a bespoke rolling cage with removable steel mesh side panels to allow the assembled container to be positioned under the main structure, and the electronic panels then lifted directly into position within the main frame of the screen. This ensured the panels could be safely moved around the installation venue and minimised worksite hazards during movement and installation or disassembly.
The rolling container created by Milford now allows the safe transportation of these valuable electronic panels for use in every state and territory in Australia.