Faster Packing By Shrink Wrapping For Shore Laminates!
Up to the top of the UK our shrink wrappers go….including an extra wide specially modified inline sleeve wrapper into the newly expanded Perth based factory of Shore Laminates.
Shore Laminates are a leading specialist manufacturer of laminated products, including the innovative ‘WetWall’ which is a paneling system designed as a quick and cost effective replacement to conventional tiles in wet environments.
Shore Laminates have seen unprecedented growth in this area of their business and so efficiency in the manufacturing and packaging of the product became more important to the company in recent years.
Previously they used to box each individual panel which was very slow and expensive and so the introduction of shrink wrapping has provided a means to drastically reduce packaging costs and improve throughput by 300%.
The shrink wrapping equipment which YPS supplied consisted of a fully automatic inline sleeve wrapper and shrink tunnel measuring 1500mm in width. Due to the largest board measuring over 3 metres in length, the outfeed conveyor had to be extended in order to allow the sealing process to be completed before the pack traveled into the shrink tunnel.
We upgraded the equipment in a number of areas to be able to comfortably accommodate Shore Laminates’ relatively heavy packs, for example incorporating side chains into the shrink tunnel belt to ensure that the belt can never stretch. Furthermore, due to the width of shrink film required, the weight of each film roll is considerable and so a special hoist system was also added for ensuring that the top roll of film is easily fitted onto the machine. This additional hardware guarantees ease of operator use, along with a newly designed and unique double roll holding system.
Tom Byrne, Shore Laminates’ Production Manager went on to say ‘We now have a much more efficient packaging process which is faster and more cost effective and we are extremely pleased with the equipment and the service offered by YPS.’
For YPS it has been great to help Shore Laminates move towards a more automated process and to see them benefit through the huge cost and time savings.