Leading organs make it across the world safely packaged thanks to Meilink Chain Solutions

Dutch craftsmanship and advanced technology come together in Johannus organs. Made by enthusiastic designers, passionate musicians and brilliant (audio)technical specialists. Meilink’s challenge was an optimal design for packaging the organs all over the world, including optimisation and packaging. Thanks to Meilink Chain Solutions, this was achieved without a problem. Because at Meilink, we say: Any challenge, any time.

“Building organs is a real art,” says Evert Jan Dalhuisen, purchaser at Johannus. “We managed to give our organs the ‘living’ sound of famous pipe organs. We call it Real Time Sampling. It’s an unmatched sound quality that we’re very proud of!” Johannus organs end up all over the world: from Germany, Nigeria and the US to South Korea, the Philippines and New Zealand. They are used in churches and cathedrals, but also in auditoriums, concert halls, conservatories and living rooms. Of course, these instruments – from our smaller models to our gigantic church organs – have to arrive unscathed. 

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These are fragile, custom-made church organs. Johannus asked Meilink to design containers to safely package, cover in expansion foam and transport these organs. Focusing on that, Meilink designed packaging that was half made of wood, half made of corrugated cardboard. This decision allowed for production of strong packaging that is still light enough to be used for air freight. In other words: it’s multi-material packaging. In this case, that means that Meilink based its choice of material on the client’s functional specifications. In short, we listen very closely to the client in this crucial design stage.

Changing logistics in the Johannus distribution network led Meilink and Johannus to look at the specific strength of the packaging to ensure that they could be easily stacked. So now the packaging designed by Meilink is so sturdy that Johannus can even stack the organs on top of one another. That’s perfect, because the more organs fit in a sea container the less it costs to ship them. Meilink thinks along with Johannus in this process. What is good can always be made better, simpler and cheaper. Meilink also does optimisation by taking a close look at the interests of Johannus’ end customers, and therefore also at the specific conditions in which their shipment arrives. These aspects weigh heavily in all decisions to be made.

For extra security, for the past six years every packaged organ is shipped with a shock indicator and Meilink data loggers. After delivery on location, this analysis equipment allows us to read anything that may have occurred during transport such as potential shocks, temperature damage or moisture damage. For the top segment of hi-tech import equipment, real-time application of certain analysis equipment allows Meilink to guarantee that it can even read any shocks, temperature damage or moisture damage during transport.