Ferret.com.au's sister publication Logistics & Materials Handling held its 2012 Mercury Awards night in Sydney last week.
An annual event, the Mercury Awards "celebrate the achievements of industry leaders in their drive to achieve 'best practice', excellence and innovation in Australia’s logistics, supply chain and materials handling industry."
On the night, CHEP Australia
was presented with the Supply Chain Innovation Award for the development of high temperature reusable heat pads for Alba Edible Oils Australia.
The company designed, developed, tested and manufactured a new pool of high temperature reusable heat pads for Alba, which are designed to allow customers to reheat their solidified tallow ready for decanting.
CHEP's existing heat pad solution was ideal for medium viscosity products that require a gentler heat, but as tallow requires heating at a higher temperature in a specific timeframe (within a 24- to 36- hour period), the company worked with Alba over several months to develop a new high temperature variant.
Of particular interest to Mercury judges was the fact that CHEP's brief was to manufacture a sufficient volume of heat pads to meet Alba's demand in a set time frame.
With a growth strategy aimed at increasing production by 60% over 12 months, Alba needed the heat pads to be able to consistently perform to requirements. The design and manufacturing system that was set up allowed CHEP to manufacture additional equipment quickly to meet Alba's increasing growth.
The removable heat pads also allow Alba to use the same IBC for both heated and non heated products.