April 2022 – Tosca, a global leader in reusable packaging solutions and pooling, has launched an automated, cutting-edge washing centre in Dublin. Automation is the way of the future and crucial to achieving a smooth supply chain, minimising the challenges of hiring and maintaining the manual workforce in a very competitive market.
Tosca’s innovative washing facility can process 5,000 reusable plastic containers (RPCs) per hour, more than twice as many as the standard line can process. The state-of-art equipment allows for operations to be handled with hardly any human interference. With less than four people, the dirty foldable RPCs are loaded and stacked on a pallet on one end of the line; and unloaded fully clean, stacked, and ready to use on the other end without human manual labour. The food-safety benefits of reducing human touches on the wash line include reduced opportunities to introduce cross contamination and less sanitary risks.
Adrian Dale, Managing Director at Tosca in the UK and Ireland, declares: “Our new washing centre in Ireland reflects our dedication to solving some of the most critical matters that the food supply chain faces, such as labour shortages, food safety, and environmental impact. With this new facility, we are pioneering a fully automated centre to fulfil the needs of our partners in a sustainable manner.”
The brand new 86,000 square foot facility was built with sustainability in mind. The smart warehouse includes solar panels, LED lighting, and sensors to save energy. It features a centrifugal dryer, and the machinery conserves water by recycling it throughout the washing process. When RPCs come out of the rinse process to go through a closing device, they have less than one gram of water on them
Mike Wasson, Chief Operations Officer at Tosca, comments: “The opening of this advanced washing centre in Ireland ensures our place on the leading edge of the industry and is future-proofing us to continue providing our partners the high-level service that they need to ensure their supply chain has available, clean RPCs.”
Tosca is a global leader in reusable plastic packaging solutions and pooling for supply chains. We offer growers, suppliers, and retailers a more efficient and sustainable way to move products from source to shelf with our unique ability to service the entire supply chain. With a robust portfolio of reusable assets including crates, pallets, bulk containers, dollies and more, we are committed to preserving product quality, reducing damage, decreasing environmental impact, and minimising labor and transportation costs.
With a combined 100 years of experience as industry leaders, we are committed to partnering with you every step of the way, providing reliable and consistent service across your markets with the resources and power of a global network and the collaboration of local service. With a solutions mindset, in-house R&D, IoT tracking capabilities and a focus on innovation, Tosca is revolutionising the way supply chains move.
For more information visit: www.toscaltd.com