On Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, Atlantic held the first tour of the Packaging Solution Center as part of a four day Grand Opening event. Atlantic sales, senior managers, technicians, engineers and more along with Choate builders, carpet layers, welders, and furniture installers worked until the wee hours of the morning to get the Center ready to go for our first guests to arrive at 8:30am.
Our guests included customers, vendors, and partners from around the US, Mexico, and Canada. We were so excited to introduce the equipment and expertise at the Center – some never having existed in the packaging industry and some never displayed together in an exhibition and demonstration environment like this.
Here’s how our first day went.
8:30 am: Wes Carter welcomed our very first guests in the lobby of the Packaging Solution Center, where construction completed just hours before everyone arrived.
Wes spoke about the vision for the center. It started as a passion project to focus on innovation in packaging, custom solutions across a variety of applications, and advanced unit load testing that could help establish new standards. Over the last decade, Atlantic has developed a technical and scientific approach to packaging and this Center brings this approach to its full realization.
8:45am: Guests moved through our viewing area and onto the testing floor for an explanation and demonstration of the two centerpieces of equipment – the Multi-Axis Vibration Table and the Braking and Impact Sled. These were built by Lansmont and Team Corporations. You can read more about our partnership with them here.
These pieces of equipment are the first of their kind in the packaging industry and offer an opportunity to establish standards and validate shipping solutions.
8:55am: Guests broke off into two groups to tour stations around the rest of the center.
9am – 12pm: Experts at each station introduced materials and equipment that all bring efficiency, automation, and streamlined solutions to our customers.
Stations include a fully automated packaging line – from case erecting to packing, sealing, palletizing, and wrapping – as well as shrink wrapping and bundling, labeling, and horizontal stretch wrapping. In these stations, we’re featuring our partners Wulftec, Pearson, Extreme, TexWrap, and Clysar among others.
The Packaging Solution Center also has a full e-commerce demonstration line featuring the latest materials and equipment from leaders in protective packaging and automation including Sealed Air, Ranpak, and 3M Combi.
This is an incredibly impressive line that presents options to improve the customer experience of e-commerce packaging, from fully protected products, to branded void fill, and optimized box selection that reduces the dim weight for reduced shipping costs.
Overall, this was a comprehensive tour of all the equipment, materials and expertise offered at the Packaging Solution Center. It’s truly the first center of its kind to showcase and demonstrate products from the leading manufacturers in the packaging industry.
We look forward to welcoming our guests for the rest of our Grand Opening event and beyond.
Here’s a photo gallery from the rest of the Grand Opening.
View our Flickr album from the entire 4-day event.