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Reusable Electronic Seals, reducing plastic waste in the environment

Reusable Electronic Seals, reducing plastic waste in the environment

It is sobering just how quickly plastic has become an evil to eradicate from our lives, but plastics were created just after the turn of the twentieth century to make our lives both easier and more affordable. Plastic products and components are manufactured to do what no other material could do, so it is important that we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and instead learn to live with plastic in a sustainable way, only eradicating its use where a better alternative is available for that application.

Since 1926, Unisto has been manufacturing products in both metal and plastic creating innovative solutions for both branding and tamper-evident security. At the turn of the 21st Century, Unisto acquired a small electronic seal manufacturer known as Encrypta Electronics. Together with the team there, Unisto created two new security seal products, C2K and Manta. 18 years of development and fine tuning has made these products incredibly robust, durable and capable of up to 35,000 security sealing events. That’s up to 35,000 strips of plastic removed from the environment per reusable seal that is fitted to a vehicle – an easy win!

Reusable electronic seals also provide a number of other benefits too. A lit LED display can be easily read in all light conditions making misreads less likely. Fitted permanently to the vehicle door it removes the need to order, manage, secure and distribute plastic seals to drivers and authorised distribution centre staff, reducing management costs and the cost per seal plummets to about a quarter of the cost of a single use, disposable plastic seal. The Manta Seal also provides a 100 sealing event history with time and date stamp feature, detailing openings and closings.

In high seal volume use areas, such as airports where operators are legally required to seal vehicles going from land to airside, the C2K and Manta is meeting with great success - you could say literally “cleaning-up”. A number of high profile carriers and airline catering companies at London Heathrow Airport, such as Bradford Swissport and Gate Gourmet, have opted to use C2K and Manta reusable electronic seals to reduce plastic waste debris and increase the efficiency of their operation thereby helping them to meet tight deadlines and reduce costs.

Another customer, BioCare, uses our C2K together with remote sensors on Mercedes Sprinter Vans to seal both side and rear doors, avoiding the need to use two plastic seals per vehicle and simplifying their procedure.

Plastic seals have their place in industry and, when managed and disposed of responsibly, are sustainable. Where better solutions exist, they will drive improved operational performance and will be required to be environmentally beneficial too.

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