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'Green' lights for Cambridge

This lighting and accessory manufacturer switched from paper-based void fill to a biodegradable mold-in-place system that sheds light on productivity and environmental issues.
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A prewrapped lamp base is lowered into the lower base layer of Enviromold within a cartonMore Enviromold, with light spray of water, is dispensed into the carton until the lamp base is fully surrounded and the box is

Cambridge Lamps a veteran of the lighting industry typically relied on newspaper and corrugated inserts to package and ship its lamps and lighting accessories to department stores and interior designers. But as demand increased in recent years the Hialeah FL-based company realized that it needed something less labor-intensive.

About 18 months ago Cambridge switched to Enviromold® a biodegradable mold-in-place void-fill system from Storopack (Cincinnati OH) and licensed through Enpac (Wilmington DE). The change has brought Cambridge savings in time and labor as well as some decidedly green benefits.

"We used [corrugated] wedges and newsprint for years because they were readily available and easily understood" says Gary Seymour vice president of operations at Cambridge Lamps. "You could call them low-tech and simple. Operators liked paper because it didn't require a lot of complicated machinery to maintain use or apply." Although simple for the operator this method required custom die-cut corrugated inserts for its 1 SKUs. Also a variety of box sizes was necessary to accommodate the lamps' different sizes and shapes.

This complexity is why Cam

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