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IoT enabled Modular pallets

Smart modular and connected pallets for logistics and transportation

April 2021
Gallery IoT enabled Modular pallets 1
Gallery IoT enabled Modular pallets 1


Think of Ponera as the “LEGO” of pallets. A smart, modular and digitally-enabled solution, which can be assembled to reach any size. It facilitates circular logistics, guaranteeing full flexibility, and high convenience to the users. Given the right logistic flows, Ponera’s solution can reduce packaging costs and CO2 emissions by an order of magnitude. The introduction of smart modularity will allow providing effective IoT solutions in the whole freight transportation system, increasing transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness of the solution. The use of biopolymers ensures the possibility of reusing the packaging many times in the pallet's duration of life, and its full recyclability. There are three core competencies that Ponera strives to offer: physical packaging innovation, IoT solutions, and process knowledge.

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Label Date April 7, 2021
From Switzerland
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners

Implementation Stories

IoT enabled Modular pallets by Ponera Group
Implemented by Bühler Group in Zurich Area (Switzerland) in 2021

In July 2021, the Bühler Group tested the IoT enabled Modular pallets Solution for an initial pilot trial lasting around 1 year. During the pilot phase, the modular Solution was tested in factory operations, trucking, sea freight, and shipped to different types of end users. The total impact of the Solution on Bühler's global operations was estimated, and different implementation variants were suggested, focusing on a cascade approach with the most advantageous logistics flows first.


To date, the IoT enabled Modular pallets Solution has avoided 120 MT of wood waste in Bühler's supply chain.


The environmental benefits

  • Dynamic load resistance of more than 2000kg/m2 (1.5 times the maximum load capacity of the current solution), while being 60% lighter
  • The use of thermoplastics allow for extended life time and reusability, more than 10 years and 100 usages
  • IoT sensors will be present in the modules allowing for unprecedented traceability and transparency in the value chain
  • Up to 90% reduction of transport related CO2 emissions
  • Up to 95% eduction of wood waste
  • Bio-polymer recycling: 100% recyclable

The Financial benefits

  • Decreases packaging costs by up to 90%
  • ROI in less than 4 usages (approximately between 0.5-2 years)
  • Allows for almost complete elimination of purchase orders (~10% of industrial packaging costs)

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Company Profile

Ponera Group

Ponera ha sviluppato una soluzione di imballaggio industriale intelligente, modulare e digitale che sostituisce le casse di legno a una via.

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Headquarters 6918 Lugano, Switzerland

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