A U.S. subsidiary of Israeli company Omen Casting Group has found a new way to protect its valuable products within the factory during manufacturing. Omen USA, based in Richmond, IN, has chosen the Primex Design & Fabrication (PD&F) Bubble-X Sleeve Pak container system to move valuable castings throughout its brand-new plant. Omen has purchased 100 Sleeve Paks, complete with pallets and covers, for internal use and is reviewing using them for shipment to its Tier 1 automotive customers. Omen produces high-pressure aluminum castings such as axle and steering component housings. These valuable components require the ultimate protection while moving from station to station in the plant.
Omen USA is currently in start-up mode as the first U.S. location for the company, which was founded in Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel, in 1946. The parent company has been supporting the U.S. automotive market for 20 years. The new Richmond plant, which began construction in 2016, is currently producing supplier samples but will begin full-scale production this month, when it expects to employ 50 with plans to be at 150 by the end of 2019.
PD&F (formerly Woodruff Corp.), in addition to its shipping container business, is a manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic totes, boxes, point of purchase displays and retail packaging. As part of the Primex Plastics family of companies, PD&F offers a full production portfolio from raw materials and design through prototyping and recycling.
According to Operations Manager Steven O’Brien, Omen replaced folding bulk hard-side shipping containers with the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak for several reasons. “Cost was a major factor. The Bubble-X system is about one-third the cost of the previous container we used. The Bubble-X is just as strong and durable as the folding containers, but if the sleeve gets damaged it costs a lot less to replace just the sleeve than the entire container. And the Bubble-X Sleeve system takes up considerably less storage space when flattened than the older container.”
PD&F also produces custom internal components such as foam inserts and dividers for the Sleeve Pak. Its high-density bubble board delivers protective rigidity along with moisture and chemical resistance. All surfaces of the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak can be screen printed to ensure brand integrity.
Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is made from 100% recyclable polypropylene and comes in a variety of standard sizes and colors.
Bubble-X reportedly is 20 times stronger than corrugated paperboard construction. PD&F offers custom sizes, colors, wall thicknesses and other properties and provides rapid delivery.