US Pack: Product Unit Modernization and Lean Manufacturing
One of the only custom formulation blending and packaging facilities in New England, US Pack in Leominster specializes in manufacturing automotive, industrial and household cleaning products.
The company received an industry grant from TURI in 2017 to install a new, more efficient filling line, which has allowed them to reduce their use of acetone, ethylene glycol and methanol by as much as 19,000 fewer pounds total each year.
In addition to this work, US Pack has been implementing lean manufacturing techniques to further reduce waste. Starting with hazardous waste reduction in 2011, US Pack has implemented projects such as:
- Production scheduling to reduce equipment cleanup wastes
- Product blending waste reduction
- Single stream packaging recycling
- Fiberboard reuse
Attendees of this demonstration toured the facility and examined the new equipment in action.