Dallas, Texas — March 2017

Creating Custom Carts from Display Skids for Production Line Efficiency

MARCH 16, 2017, DALLAS, TX –You don’t put the cart before the horse any more than you design a custom skid without consulting the design team at MEI Rigging & Crating.

Great solutions come from tackling hard material handling and crating challenges with top-notch design and creative approaches. Working with MEI Rigging & Crating in the early design phase can create more opportunities for productive crating and functional transportation solutions.

Popular Ink came to MEI with a problem handling the rolls for their new print line. They had the vision to improve their production line and protect their equipment but didn’t know how to accomplish it. It was up to MEI’s crating design team to make their company an efficient, money-saving roll storage system. The client had tried a prototype metal cart designed and built it in house, but it didn’t meet the quality, safety, and durability they needed. Popular Ink reached out to Josh Welch at MEI’s Dallas office to improve their design and after collaboration with Greg McLain from Popular Ink, he had other ideas.

MEI took the original cart concept, but dug deeper, asking about how the custom production cart would actually be used, stored and reused. They looked at the prototype in action, and suggested a totally different approach, standing the rolls vertically rather than horizontally helping to protect the rolls better while making it easier to get the rolls on and off. MEI’s crating team designed the concept using a commercial skid then added custom supports and a handle to make a reusable cart. MEI’s design has increased productivity for Popular Ink, far exceeding the original specifications. Popular Ink went from one prototype skid to twelve currently in use today.

“Our display and crating design team is made up of some of the best in the industry;” says Josh Welch, MEI Rigging & Crating Dallas Sales Manager, “popular Ink is more than satisfied with the quality and design of our skids.”

MEI’s Crating division specializes in Tradeshow crates, reusable crates, export crating and packing and conventional wooden crates.


Print and convert flexible packaging materials using a process called flexography. They utilize the CMYK process, combination screens and link work up to 10 colors.

Its all about elevating customer’s brand image and providing a packaging solution that competitors will envy.


Dallas, TX

March, 2017

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