Shrink Wrapping Provides A Tough Pack With Less Material

Our extra wide specially modified inline sleeve wrapper fitted into the newly expanded Hexam-based factory of Fourstones Paper Mill has meant that they have been able to achieve a tougher pack whilst using less material.

Fourstones Paper Mill are a specialist manufacturer of paper products which includes a range of industrial use paper towels supplied mainly to the food industry.

After receiving many requests from their key customers to help reduce packaging waste liabilities, the shrink wrapping of packs was seen as an ideal replacement for cartons.

It was critical that a totally sealed pack was produced in order to be completely water proof, obviously very important for a paper product.

Therefore so that we were able to avoid the usual ‘bulls eye’ hole on the ends of the pack which is normally achieved when sleeve wrapping, an extra wide inline sleeve sealer was recommended that was able to handle excess wide shrink film up to a maximum width of 1200mm.

In addition to this, because of the fact that the packs are loose collations, a specially modified infeed arrangement was provided by our in house systems division consisting of a completely adjustable pusher assembly complete with side guides in order to securely hold the packs together whilst the shrink film is applied to the collated products.

The air flow in the shrink tunnel was also modified in order to ensure that the ends of the shrink film securely sealed together, with the resulting pack being totally enclosed.

Owner, Peter Duxberry commented “We now have a much more resilient, tougher and weather-proof pack, at a fraction of the cost of cartons”.

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