System Logistics creates the perfect size box

On Monday, System Logistics (Booth 2607) unveiled a new automatic packaging solution that creates a shipping box of any size on demand.

Tom Coyne, CEO, System Logistics, demonstrates FreeBox, a system that creates the right size shipping container for an order on demand.

By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor
January 21, 2013 - MMH Editorial

On Monday, System Logistics (Booth 2607) unveiled a new automatic packaging solution that creates a shipping box of any size on demand.

The FreeBox system is designed to integrate with a split case picking system, including highly automated, goods-to-person systems or more conventional pick-to-light or put-to-light system.

“The systems evaluates the cubic dimensions of all the pieces to pre-cube an order and then manufactures the perfect size box for that shipment,” says Tom Coyne, CEO. “The shipping box requires almost no void fill and utilizes 100% of the corrugated to eliminate waste.”

Coyne adds that the system is targeted at retailers and distributors filling e-commerce orders or less-than-case replenishment orders. The machine produces 360 boxes an hour.

In addition to savings on corrugated and dunnage, FreeBox eliminates handling in split case picking operations. Instead of picking to a tote that is delivered to a packing station, orders are picked directly into the shipping container. The system comes standard with a low-res printer to print license plate bar code labels and branding information on the side of the box. It can also be upgraded to a high-res printer to print shipping labels on the box. The printer can also print packing slips or a customized marketing message on the inside of the box.

Designed to integrate with automated picking processes, System Logistics will market the product to its customers and also work with other systems integrators and consultants.


ProMat 2013 is scheduled to be held January 21-24, 2013 in Chicago’s McCormick Place South. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete ProMat 2013 coverage.



About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Executive Editor

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. More recently, Trebilcock became editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.


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