Class Plastics’ newly installed silos provide a great storage solution for our increasing product demand. This significant investment enabled us to lower our production costs, maximise our productivity and maintain the high quality of our raw materials.
Storage plays an important role in the manufacturing industry. As a leading manufacturer and distributor of rigid plastic containers, Class Plastics consume almost 170,000 kilos of raw materials per month to manufacture our containers. At least 12 containers of resin, weighing 20-750 kilos each are being unloaded everyday at our manufacturing sites to meet our increasing product demand.
Recently, Class Plastics made a significant investment in installing 2 metal silos to store our raw materials and reduce our production cost, as well as eliminate safety issues in our material handling areas.
Greater storage capacity at a lesser space
Each silo holds 70,000 cubic metres of resin and freed up about 300 square metres of space in our warehouse and 80 square metres in our delivery area. This centralised and tightly sealed storage also plays an important role in maintaining the quality of our raw materials over a longer period of time.
Lower Production Cost and Material Handling
The silos are part of the automation process we implemented 3 years ago. Since the installation of our silos, we’ve significantly reduced the use of forklifts. Our staff no longer have to move and empty sacks of resins to our machines, which means there is less chance of contamination and interference in our raw materials.
We are also able to produce more containers since the silos automatically transfer the materials to the machines. The silos’ high level of mixing also blends the materials really well to produce high-quality plastic containers whilst consuming less energy that is consistent with our environmental commitment, our expectations of our products, and serving our customers.
Bulk Deliveries and Less Shipping Cost
Due to the increased amount of storage, we’re able to take advantage of volume discounts from our suppliers. The silos also ensure that we have an ample supply of our raw materials to meet our customer demands. Since then, we were able to reduce the delivery frequency of our raw materials thereby making significant savings on delivery charges and shipping costs.
Reducing the safety hazards
At Class Plastics, the safety of our staff always come first. As much as possible, we want to minimize our staffs’ contact with our raw materials until the finished product exits the manufacturing process. Moreover, our forklifts used to make over 25 airlift movements every 24 hours and this is a potential danger when there are people walking around. We have eliminated a lot of the material handling and forklift movements because of our silos. This safety aspect made our investment well worthwhile.