DHL to ramp up packaging services capability with new equipment

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

DHL Supply Chain, a unit of Deutsche Post DHL, has equipped its Liverpool site with a new CW3 combination Checkweighing and Metal Detection unit in a bid to expand its packaging services capability.

The investment in second CW3 system is in line with the company's strategy to expand into contract manufacturing for the food industry.

Consequently, DHL is working on reviewing its quality management and safety control processes in line with food safety and quality standards, such as BRC.

Non-contact inspection systems firm Loma Systems, an official partner to the BRC global standards organization, has delivered the CW3 unit, which will allow DHL to quickly and precisely check the weight of packed products.

The CW3 unit is said to reject any items that are out of tolerance, while the metal detector consistently detects and rejects contaminated product.

The system is capable of handling packaged products of up to 5kg with an accuracy class of 0.5g. It can inspect the products at speeds of up to 400 packs per minute.

DHL packaging services head Simon Woodward said: "There is no doubt that we have secured new business as a result of our investment in market-leading equipment such as the CW3.

"Many of our customers are high profile confectionery and biscuit manufacturers so the metal detector's ability to quickly adapt to different products and pack sizes has been invaluable. This equipment also played a part in DHL achieving Grade A level BRC accreditation and becoming an approved M&S packer."

With 18 sites within the UK and Ireland, DHL is currently working on growing its contract packing capabilities.

Said to be the largest packaging services provider in the UK, DHL processes more than 21 million cases every year.

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