Sonoco is a $5 billion global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective solutions and display and packaging services.
Headquartered in Hartsville, S.C. and with more than 330 operations in 34 countries, they produce packaging for a variety of industries and many of the world’s most recognized brands, serving customers in 85 nations. Due to the mass scale that they provide to, real time supply chain monitoring is required to manage their operations.
Sonoco’s operations consist of global consumer packaging businesses Rigid Paper and Closures and Flexibles and Plastics; their display and packaging division, which provides high-impact retail displays and packaging supply chain management. In addition, operations include their industrial businesses, which manufacture tubes and cores, reels and spools, uncoated recycled paperboard and Sonoco Recycling, one of the world’s largest recyclers.
Sonoco also have a Protective Solutions division, which produces custom-designed protective, temperature-assurance and retail security packaging solutions and highly engineered components. Real time monitoring systems enable Sonoco to manage every division and report on the integrity and location via Wessex Power’s cloud-based data logger software. To achieve real time temperature and monitoring, Sonoco uses Mesa Labs’ MPIII data loggers in various environments and applications, including high-temperature and high-acidity.
Unfortunately, on occasion, it has been noted that data loggers fail for water intrusion. This may sometimes be caused by the flattening of the O-ring.
Mesa Labs is committed to continual improvement of our products, as well as increased education to gain the best performance of our USB data loggers for our customers.
To ensure that the data loggers don’t fail, we provided a solution for Sonoco and all future client to ensure the Mesa Labs’ MPIII data loggers don’t fail. We suggest a parameter of 25% battery life be a marker for the battery to be replaced. When customers order new batteries from Mesa Labs for their data loggers, a new O-ring and silicone are automatically included in the order. For each battery replacement, Mesa Labs suggests replacing the O-ring, and applying a thin layer of silicone grease to increase the fluid barrier. We also intend on distributing our simple-to-follow battery replacement instructions with each battery and data logger order. This will provide better instructions for our clients on best practices.