Every industry has its specific internal regulations and for the French automotive industry the Odette organization promoted Galia boxes and containers. This range of products has certification numbers for each model: Galia 6432, Galia 6422, Galia 4322, Galia 4312 and Galia 3212.
What do these certification numbers mean? They are the proof that the product has been approved by Odette organization to be used in the closed logistic loops of the car making industry for carrying various parts from a supplier to a production line and onwards to the assembly lines.
Standard Galia Boxes – The Guarantee of Quality and Seamless Logistic Operations
Packing, storing and handling boxes with parts and components is a complex operation nowadays. It involves conveyor belts, robotized equipment and the precise calculation of shelf dimensions in the warehouse. This means that the only way of having a seamless flow of logistic procedures in such a situation depends on one key factor: standard packaging materials.
And this is exactly one of the key features of Galia boxes: they have standard footprints, adapted to the handling equipment, to the type of conveyor belts used in the automotive industry and even to the shelf systems adopted throughout a large car making company and its key suppliers.
How Standard Packaging Shaped the Modern Automotive Industry
Globalization of manufacturing and trade opened new avenues of possibilities, but also created difficulties. Every national industry, every large company had its own set of rules for every aspect in the supply chain, from the size and type of packaging materials, to shipping and export terms.
At the moment when it was no longer economically sustainable to produce every spare part and equipment in-house, car making companies started looking abroad for vendors, suppliers and manufacturers. And, one way or another, they had to find a way to work together without glitches. Creating standards for manufacturing practices, raw materials selection, payment and insurance terms and even packaging solutions was the only way. And Galia boxes are a part of this standardization.
The Details Make the Difference in Galia Boxes Design
The French automotive industry has nothing of the Latin spirit of the nation – it is very practical and calculated. Galia boxes stand proof to this way of thinking, which allows French cars to compete successfully with Japanese, German, Italian, and American cars on the free market.
Galia boxes have a compact size and are ideal for stacking and handling by robots – they are designed with various struts and grip points. They have a sturdy build, as well, because parts for cars are usually small, but very heavy. Thus, a single Galia box can carry the load of several standard plastic boxes. Also, Galia boxes have integrated label holders as standard feature – making it easier to identify contents and perform stock taking in the warehouses.
These packaging materials are also built to last. Cost efficiency is the number one rule in any business, the more so in the acerbic competition environment of car making. Automobile manufacturers need solid, long term investments, with a good ROI and low cost of ownership for every single asset – including their stock of packaging boxes.
Why Reinvent the Wheel?
Galia boxes are not confined to the French automotive industry and its strategic overseas partners. Many companies in this industry understood the advantages of adopting a packaging material which was scientifically created, tested and improved in actual car manufacturing environments. This is the equivalent of receiving someone else’s research and development work for free, together with the test trials and official endorsements.
Maybe somewhere along the line the automotive industry will develop a better and more efficient packaging material. Until then, we have Galia boxes and they are fully up to the task of carrying car parts and components along the entire manufacturing and assembly process.