Dunnage Washing 101
So, your boss told you to find a dunnage washing company STAT! What does that mean? What even IS “dunnage”? No worries – whether you’re new to dunnage or an old hand – at Clark Logic we’ve got you covered!
In this article the dunnage washing experts explain everything you need to know about reusable manufacturing container cleaning.
What is Dunnage?
Dunnage refers to returnable, reusable, or recyclable containers used for transporting manufacturing components. Dunnage can be totes, plastic vacuum-formed trays, bins, pallets, bulk containers, shipping racks, pallets, stacking systems, sleeve systems with nestable pallets, baskets and more. Anything that holds or stores bulk manufacturing parts can be classified as dunnage.
The automotive industry is the primary consumer of reusable dunnage. Automotive manufacturers and suppliers use storage containers for everything from parts to tools, to completed vehicle pieces, to the automobiles themselves.
What is Dunnage Washing (Cleaning)?
Dunnage washing refers to the cleaning of these containers with specialized, high-tech wash systems that are built to meet or exceed a variety of manufacturer specifications.
Dunnage washing is customized to the end manufacturer’s needs, including their unique cleanliness, dryness, environmental and other standards.
Why is Dunnage Washing (Cleaning) Such a Big Deal?
Dunnage washing is just as important as cleaning the parts during the manufacturing process. Otherwise, you are putting new, clean manufactured parts onto a dirty surface – and you end up with contaminated parts.
Dunnage washing between uses ensures that parts are delivered to their end destination in pristine, clean, dry condition.
What Contaminants Does Dunnage Washing Eliminate?
Washing dunnage eliminates contamination such as machine coolants, oils, grease, sludge, dust, particulates, chips, and other debris left behind during the manufacturing process.
And, high powered dunnage drying eliminates moisture that can cause rust or corrosion to valuable parts.
Why Use Returnable Dunnage, Anyway?
Returnable packaging solutions save manufacturing companies thousands of dollars, in addition to ensuring better environmental compliance.
Part containers that have been designed for reuse eliminate the expense of purchasing new packaging for every shipment. Additionally, eliminating disposable packaging also reduces storage and shipping materials that are routed to a landfill.
The Advantages of Using Reusable Dunnage Containers?
- Decrease packaging waste & reduce carbon footprint
- Improved control of inventory with box tracking
- Protect components better with stronger, more rigid packaging
- Protect parts from contamination & moisture with sealed boxes
- Easier to store and organize than disposable cardboard
- More easily handled with a forklift or robotic automation
How Do I Get My Dunnage to You for Cleaning?
At Clark Logic, we have that aspect of your container cleaning needs covered, too. Our container cleaning services are 100% turnkey – so we can pick-up and delivery your packaging to meet your timeframes. And, if storage space is an issue, we can also store your cleaned containers in one of our many Michigan warehouses.
This saves you valuable floor space while keeping your dunnage conveniently close, so it is there when you need it and stored when you don’t!
Dunnage Washing | Warren, MI
Clark Logic’ proprietary, customized dunnage washing offers the ultimate in turnkey returnable cleaning solutions. We service manufacturing customers across all of Southwest Michigan, including many automotive and Tier suppliers in Warren, MI and the Detroit area.
Additionally, because Clark Logic has warehousing facilities in the Detroit area and many areas of Southwest Michigan, our pickup and delivery times are the fastest in the Warren, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Portage and Battle Creek area.
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