Robert Holliger re-elected as EPAL President for a further three years

The EPAL annual General Assembly took place in Toulouse in the south of France this year, at EPAL France’s invitation. In outside temperatures of over 40°C, the EPAL Board and General Assembly met on 27th and 28th June and set the course and strategies for EPAL’s work in the coming years. The General Assembly unanimously elected the whole EPAL Board again and re-elected the incumbent President since 2010, Robert Holliger. Robert Holliger is a founding member of EPAL and in his role as EPAL President has decisively contributed to the development and continuing success of the world’s largest quality assurance association for load carriers. The re-election of the Board and President will enable EPAL’s successful work to continue

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Marking using inkjet printing is now permitted on EPAL pallets

Alongside marking by branding, EPAL has now also approved marking using inkjet printing. The inkjet printing process for marking corner and central blocks is permitted from 1st August 2019 and has been included in the EPAL Technical Regulations. To start with, the new printing process is limited to the production of EPAL pallets. Both the approval of inkjet printing and the continuous monitoring of pallet- and marking quality is part of EPAL’s quality assurance system: nearly every licensee – from a total of more than 1,500 worldwide – is inspected at least once a month. EPAL licensees will find a list of approved printing systems and inks in the members’ area of the EPAL website as well as all the important information from printing processes to registration and approval. For further questions, the EPAL team would be happy to help:

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On course to the “intelligent” pallet – Half time at EPAL Enterprise Lab

At the end of 2017, the EPAL Lab was launched at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund. Logistics experts from EPAL faced a team of experts from the packaging and retail logistics field in addition to researchers with a focus on IT and software development. Together they set out to breathe “intelligence” into the wooden pallet and to mine “the gold of logistics data”. A year and a half and several user workshops later, the concepts are less hazy, and the results and applications have become all the more specific. First of all is the serialised EPAL pallet and the opportunities resulting from this, because detailed goods and load-carrier traceability using identification and tracking help to make the whole supply chain more transparent and more efficient. What is more, all the information as well as the position and temperature profile can be retrieved using trackers via a web platform in real time. The platform is the real innovation which turns the pallet from a load carrier into an information carrier.

According to Dr Volker Lange, Head of Department, Packaging and Retail Logistics at the Fraunhofer Institute, the project itself remains very complex: “It is not just a case of deploying technology.” It’s not just about the most effective sensor or the size of the battery, but more particularly about data protection and data security and who has access to which data. The Lab will conclude at the end of 2020 and by then, the digital world will have changed again.

Learn more about the EPAL Enterprise Lab and visit EPAL Deutschland in hall 6, stand 235, at the FachPack in Nuremberg, September 24 to 26, 2019.

New layout for EPAL 7 Half pallet

The quality-tested half pallet, EPAL 7, has changed and is now fitted with round central blocks, which substantially improves handling of the half pallet. The advantage for EPAL producers is that the new EPAL 7 can be assembled on any automated production line and no longer needs a line to be modified. EPAL Polska collaborated on enhancing the EPAL 7, which has already passed through many successful test runs with large Polish retailers. The first 20,000 EPAL 7 pallets have already been ordered by Dino Polska, one of the biggest Polish supermarket chains. You can find all the product specifications for the new EPAL 7 as well as images and technical drawings on our website at: EPAL 7 product page.


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Andrea Engels
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