AMP Robotics, Flöter Verpackungs and WestRock have won awards

AMP Robotics, Flöter Verpackungs and WestRock have won awards

For more than five years, the SPC Innovator Awards have featured companies dedicated to continually improving sustainable packaging. The goal of these awards is to highlight solutions and inspire other organizations within the space to test and scale sustainable packaging innovations.

The Sustainable Packaging Alliance congratulated the 2022 SPC Innovator award winners on the first day of SPC Advance during the award ceremony. As they took to the podium, the winners talked about what stood out to them among the innovations this year: collaboration. Forming new partnerships, working with different parts of the supply chain, and investing in new technology have all fueled winning innovations.

The categories in the SPC Innovator Awards are: Responsible Sourcing, Design Improvement, and Payback.

Winner for Innovation in Responsible Sourcing

Flöter Verpackungs-Service GmbH: AirWave PaperWave

Starting with the development of this idea in 2018, the inflatable paper pillow packaging solution from Flöter Verpackungs-Service GmbH is actively working to replace plastic e-commerce pillows. The company has made the focus on compostability in addition to recycling, realizing that composting could be a global end-of-life scenario. Flöter Verpackungs-Service GmbH has developed a solution using FSC certified paper and a potato starch liner, designed to be curbside recyclable and compostable. They hope to end their plastic-based production and move to pneumatic and paper materials in the near future.

Since the airbags are produced directly at the filling station, the additional energy expenditure and CO2 emissions during transportation are saved. PaperWave can be disposed of in both organic waste or paper recycling bins. When discarded, the consumer is able to easily identify it as paper, and the product bears the RESY mark as well as the sorting code 22PAP in the European market. In addition, the product has been certified by the Paper Technology Foundation in Munich (PTS) as being recyclable.

Winner of Innovation in Design Improvement

WestRock: KD-Fold

During the acceptance speech, WestRock talked about how they have brought many parts of the supply chain together and worked closely with FedEx to endlessly trial and test their design. The KD-Fold outperformed the standard plastic transmitter, and was recognized for its operational efficiency. It reduces the fiber material with a tight fit that prevents the use of a vacuum filler. This design not only improved efficiency, but also improved storage space on the cargo platform.

KD-Fold uses an average of 50 percent less paper than the small corrugated box required for the same contents. KD-Fold is both SFI and FSC certified. It is also curbside recyclable. Pak On Demand Mail On Demand system produces customized, sustainable fiber-based mail on demand and seals the package for shipment. This system measures just five feet by 12 feet, requiring less space in the back-of-store operations or space used to fulfill e-commerce orders. Since only one operator is needed for the buck on demand, it is possible to reduce and save labor.

The winner of innovation in recovery

AMP Robotics: How AI and Producer Collaboration Affect Recovery and Increase Recycling Rates

AMP Robotics innovation turned to artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to sort out the messiest of recycling flows. In partnership with global packaging provider Sonoco, AMP Robotics has created a new material category within its neural network for rigid cardboard boxes – items such as Pringles cans, coffee containers, nuts and snacks. The partnership increases recycling rates for Sonoco and other paper and steel screw-bottomed screw-down packages. In addition to being a manufacturer, Sonoco is a recycling company that operates more than 40 recycling facilities globally. The company has deployed its AMP Cortex intelligent robotics system at one of its facilities, with a second planned at a different facility. This recycling relationship enables Sonoco to directly test and benefit from AMP technology.

AMP works with companies across the recyclables spectrum to adapt their AI platform to manufacturer or brand specificity and distribute sorting capacity to material recovery facilities (MRFs) with their robotic sorting systems. After starting testing in 2021, their AI is now able to successfully identify and sort 50 billion types of packages and will only get better with more technological advancements. With more and more companies making PCR commitments, AMP Robotics has gone through an iterative series of real-world MRF experiments to recover more and more materials from the waste stream. Any MRF with the AMP Cortex system can now accurately and efficiently sort Sonoco paper to the desired flow. This allows manufacturers to directly influence what can be recovered and take advantage of the ability to capture more of their specific packaging.

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